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Why Does the NEBOSH General Certificate Syllabus Cover Electricity?

The subject of electricity and electrical safety is just one of many key topic areas of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus, but is covered in quite a lot of detail because, like fire, electricity has the same combination of being:

  • Extremely dangerous with high potential of fatalities
  • Extremely common in that an incident can occur virtually anywhere in the workplace and be caused by a number of different factors

This combination means that an injury or worse from electricity can happen to anyone in the workplace at any time if certain actions are done (or not done) and suitable maintenance and regular inspections are not performed in a timely and competent manner.



The Course is Not Intended to Be Comprehensive and Complete

The page entitled "NEBOSH General Certificate no Substitute for Electrical Training" explains how the NEBOSH General Certificate course is by no means designed to provide attendees with a detailed knowledge of how to perform certain electrical tasks such as re-wiring the light fittings for example. It is also not intended to even provide a thorough and comprehensive level of detail regarding every single electricity-related danger and potential electrical hazard. Instead, like other topics taught on the syllabus such as the fire safety section or the information on COSHH and hazardous substances, what it will provide delegates with is a very good level of information about the main risks and hazards associated with each type of danger.

Not only can this be put to great use in substantially reducing the probability of them causing or suffering harm to themselves or others nearby, but can also form a comprehensive basis for progressing onto further study in the particular area which can furnish them with more detailed and in-depth knowledge of that particular topic than a NEBOSH General Certificate course will give them.



Related NEBOSH General Pages and Articles:

Visit the NEBOSH General Certificate Pages section to find links to pages covering all manner of different aspects of the NEBOSH National General Certificate qualification such as what it entails, who it is for, what it will provide etc.




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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