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The NEBOSH General Certificate and Moral Health & Safety Responsibilities

Introduction

Aside from the legal obligations for providing health and safety training to workers and ensuring that any necessary protective equipment is provided and suitably maintained, many people will expect managers of a company to have a moral responsibility for safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees. Of course there are exceptions, but many people will have a sense of not wanting to cause harm to their fellow humans, which is why many managers go above and beyond in terms or organising more training and greater safety controls than are required by law.



What will the NEBOSH General Certificate Course Cover?

The NEBOSH General Certificate will cover the foundations of health and safety, including discussing the moral, legal and financial reasons for providing health and safety training to staff members, not to mention creating and promoting a positive health and safety culture within the organisation. The NEBOSH General Certificate is suitable for managers and employees alike as it will provide everyone who attends and dedicates themselves to the learning with a detailed level of knowledge regarding health and safety matters and how to work in a manner which greatly reduces the probability of harm befalling themselves or others nearby (Related Article: What will NEBOSH General Certificate Training Give Me?).

Along with the moral reasons, it is also in management's interests to keep workers safe and free from harm. Not only will they avoid potential financial repercussions from fines that may be levied for particular health and safety breaches, but they can reduce costs which would be accrued because of one or more of the following:


1) Compensation claims from employees who are made ill or injured from their workplace activities when management has been negligent or all reasonably practical measures available were not put into place.


2) Workers who require time off because of occupational injury or illness will not only receive sick pay without contributing anything to the business whilst they are off work, but the company may need to recruit other people on a temporary basis to cover for them in order to maintain the same level of production or service levels. This means that the company will have to pay two salaries instead of one for all those who are off work and have to be temporarily replaced.


3) For those temporary workers who are brought in as cover, there will be recruitment costs involved for finding and hiring them, as well as a rise in training expenditure as they will all need to be trained up in how to do the job, along with health and safety training for themselves in order to stay safe in what will be for them an unfamiliar workplace.


4) Companies who get a reputation for being dangerous places to work can often find themselves subject to protests, negative publicity and even boycotts of their products or services. This can happen over a remarkably short period of time thanks to the rise of instant social media messaging. Some companies will even be at risk of having to close if their sales revenue is reduced by a large amount as a consequence.




NEBOSH Courses

Please see below for some NEBOSH courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National Diploma in Environmental Management

The NEBOSH Environmental Diploma is intended for safety professionals and managers who are taking on environmental responsibilities. It is designed for individuals with responsibilities for the management of environmental risk in relation to the damage caused by work activities.

Holders of the NEBOSH Environmental Diploma will be able to advise their organisation on the environmental impacts of their activities, on their legal obligations and the means of continuously improving their environmental performance as part of an integrated management approach.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management

The NEBOSH Fire Certificate is aimed primarily at managers and supervisors who are responsible for fire safety within their organisation and compliance with applicable fire safety legislation.

The course aims to give delegates the knowledge to conduct and review fire risk assessments, along with fire prevention and protective measures within most workplaces.

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NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

The NEBOSH Construction Certificate, or NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health & Safety to give it its full title, is one of the most recognised health and safety qualificatons in the construction industry.

It is aimed primarily at managers, supervisers, CDM co-ordinators and anyone else who is responsible for making sure that construction activities under their control are undertaken safely.

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NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, or NEBOSH National Certificate in Environmental Management to give it its full title, is an environmental health and safety course which is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who are responsible for managing environmental issues at their workplace.

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate qualification focuses on UK law, so is really only suitable for those who are based and operate within the UK.

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