NEBOSH NATIONAL GENERAL CERTIFICATE
The NEBOSH National General Certificate has been recognised for many years as the basis for a sound, broad introduction to the fundamentals of occupational health and safety. The syllabus and means of assessment are to take account of current developments both in health and safety and in vocational assessment.
Accidents and work-related ill health affect all types of workplaces and occupations. In the years 2001/02 there were 249 people killed at work and a further 109 members of the public killed by work activities (excluding trespassers and suicides on transport systems). Such deaths represent the tip of an unacceptable iceberg of harm done to people at work. In the same year, it is estimated that over one million people were injured at work and at least two million people were suffering some form of ill health caused by their work.
Work related accidents and ill health are costly, not only in terms of individual human suffering but also financially – both to employers and to society as a whole. An estimated 25 million working days are lost each year as a result of workplace accidents and ill health, with a cost to the British economy of around 33-5 billion. The cost to British employers is estimated to be about “2.5 billion a year. When non-injury accidental events are included, the costs are likely to be twice these figures.
Employers who fail to manage health and safety adequately not only run the risk of having to meet those additional costs but may also face enforcement action, including prosecution in the criminal courts, by the regulatory authorities. This is apart from the personal suffering that they may inflict on those whom they employ and others that may be affected by their activities. While prosecution is a relatively rare occurrence, civil actions for the negligence of an employer are becoming increasingly more common and costly.
With this background, the NEBOSH National General Certificate aims to provide those making day-to-day decisions at work with a broad knowledge of health and safety in order to ensure that the health and safety implications of their decisions are properly taken into account. The vast majority of occupational injuries and incidents of ill health are avoidable by good health and safety management, and good health and safety management should be recognised as an essential element of good overall management.
· Health and Safety foundations
· Organising for Health and Safety
· Promoting a positive health and safety culture
· Risk assessment
· Principles of control
· Movement of people and vehicles – hazards and control
· Manual and mechanical handling – hazards and control
· Work equipment – hazards and control
· Electrical hazards and control
· Fire hazards and control
· Chemical and biological health hazards and control
· Physical and psychological health – hazards and control
· Construction activities – hazards and control
· Incident investigation, recording and reporting
· Monitoring, review and audit
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