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NEBOSH International General Certificate Syllabus

NEBOSH Accredited Centre 807 logoThe NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC) in Occupational Health and Safety is an internationally recognised qualification that will provide a broad understanding of key health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH IGC is also suitable for those embarking on a career in health and safety, offering a solid platform on which to progress to either of the NEBOSH Diploma courses. No proir health and safety knowledge is needed.

Overall Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify workplace hazards and offer advice on corrective and preventative measurements. 
  • Understand the role and objectives of the International Labour Organisation 
  • Plan and implement an effective health & safety policy
  • Influence behavior to create a positive health & safety culture throughout an organisation
  • Undertake risk assessments and accident investigations and recommend suitable action
  • Undertake a health & safety audit

Full course syllabus

Unit IGC1: Management of International Health & Safety

Element 1: Foundations in Health and Safety

  • The basis of occupational health and safety and the barriers to good standards.
  • The moral, social and economic drivers for ensuring health and safety in the workplace, including; economic climate, globalisation, migrant workers, compensation claims and insured/uninsured costs.
  • The role and objectives of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and International Labour Standards and the levels of legal duties.

Element 2: Health and Safety Management Systems - Plan

  • The key elements of Safety management systems; Plan-Do-Check-Act, ILO-OSH and OHSAS18001.
  • The purpose and features of an effective health and safety policy and the areas of business it influences.

Element 3: Health and Safety Management Systems - Do

  • The main roles responsible for managing health and safety and their specific duties.
  • Managing contractors.
  • The key aspects of creating a positive health and safety culture and its significance in the management of health and safety.
  • The organisational, individual and job factors that influence health and safety behaviour.
  • The processes and programmes that can influence a positive change in behaviour at work.
  • The principles and practice of risk assessments.
  • The levels and principles of health and safety control measures.
  • The process for setting a Safe System of Work in a range of working environments.
  • The role and function of a Permit-To-Work system.
  • The provision and features of various Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Emergency procedures and the provision of First Aid in the workplace.

Element 3: Health and Safety Management Systems ­- Check

  • The features and role of active and reactive monitoring systems.
  • The purpose and procedures for investigating, recording and reporting incidents.

Element 4: Health and Safety Management Systems - Act

  • The principles of internal and external audits.
  • The purpose and procedure for performing a health and safety review.

Unit GC2: Control of workplace hazards

Element 1: Workplace Hazards and Risk Control

  • The Health, Welfare and Work Environment requirements of a workplace.
  • The Prevention of falling materials through safe stacking and storage. 
  • The risks associated with violence and substance misuse at work and the procedures needed to effectively control it.
  • The hazards and controls for safe movement of people, working at height, excavations and temporary works.

Element 2: Transport Hazards and Risk Control

  • The hazards and controls for safe workplace transport operations including non-movement related workplace transport hazards.
  • The risk assessment process for driving at work.

Element 3: Musculoskeletal Hazards and Risk Control

  • Risks and controls of work-related upper limb disorders (WRULD's).
  • Risks and controls of display screen equipment (DSE).
  • Risks and controls of manual handling activities including manually operated and powered load handling equipment.

Element 4: Work Equipment Hazards and Risk Control

  • General requirements for work equipment.
  • Risks and controls of hand-held tools and mechanical and non-mechanical machinery.

Element 5: Electrical Safety

  • The use of electricity and high risks associated with electricity at work. 
  • The duties for controlling the risks of worknig with electricity. 
  • The risk assessment process for work with electricity. 

Element 6: Fire Safety

  • The initatiation, classification and spread of fires. 
  • The fire risk assessment process and fire preventation methods.
  • The principles and use of fire alarm systems and fire-fighting equipment.
  • The evacuation of a workplace in the event of a fire. 

Element 7: Chemical and Biological Health Hazards and Risk Control

  • The forms, classification and health risks from exposure to hazardous substances.
  • The key elements of a risk asssessment of hazardous substances. 
  • Control measures of hazardous substances, including occupational exposure limits.
  • The use and control of common workplace agents; Asbestos, Silica, Wood dust, Blood Borne Viruses, (BBV's), Legionella, Cement dust and Carbon Monoxide.
  • The legal responsibilities when storing and handling waste. 

Element 8: Physical and Psychological Health Hazards and Risk Control

  • The principles, health effects and controls  of varioues health hazards; noise, vibration and radiation.
  • The importance of managing stress at work.

Unit GC3: Health and safety practical application

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of the unit IGC1 and GC2 syllabus, by successful completion of a health and safety inspection of a workplace
  • Complete a report to management regarding the inspection with recommendations

Unit Assessments

All units are mandatory and there are no optional units.

Units IGC1 and IGC2 are taught units assessed by one two-hour written examination per unit and consisting of ten ‘short-answer’ questions and one ‘long-answer’ question. All questions are compulsory and are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.

Unit IGC3 is assessed by a two-hour practical examination carried out in the candidate's workplace.  The assessment must normally be taken within 14 days of a written examination is internally assessed by Astutis and externally moderated by NEBOSH.

Futher Information on the NEBOSH International Certificate

Choosing to study for your qualification with Astutis means you can undertake the NEBOSH International Certificate course in either of the following ways:

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