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Why is Working at Height Covered on a NEBOSH General Certificate Course?

Introduction

Working at height is a common occurrence for workers in many different industries. Not only does it describe individuals working a long way off the ground, but also includes those who happen to be just a few feet off the ground such as on a stepladder for example. As a result the principles of working at height are taught on NEBOSH General Certificate courses due to the fact that it is such a common and prevalent danger to workers in many different industries.



Working at Height - The Reality

In fact, many individuals are often more at risk in a workplace where they have to work a few feet off the floor than if they had a job role which required them to work a long way above the ground. This is because when they have to work at great height more attention is given to providing suitable health and safety training and suitable safety equipment, whereas when being required to work a few feet up there is often a misconception that dangers can often be overlooked or deliberately ignored in the belief that there will not be much of a hazard or that it would be far quicker and simpler just to get up and do the task without messing around with safety gear.



NEBOSH General Certificate and Working at Height

The reality is that the majority of accidents occur to individuals working not far off the ground. Even a fall of just a few feet has the potential to cause severe injury or death if the person were to hit their head on the hard ground or on an object as they fall. Whilst it will not go into practical demonstrations regarding working at height or providing training on how to correctly tie a safety harness for example, what the NEBOSH General Certificate will provide is a general overview of the main hazards and potential dangers associated with working at height, along with a brief look at the Work at Height regulations which set out the requirements that companies and employers are expected to adhere to with regards to health and safety for their employees.




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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