NEBOSH National General Certificate Syllabus
The NEBOSH National General Certificate provides a broad understanding of key health and safety issues, covering the legal requirements for health and safety in the UK and the identification and control of workplace hazards.
The course is split into 2 units which are assessed individually - 1 through a question paper and 1 through a practical assessment.
If you're looking to study this course outside of the UK then we recommend taking a look at the NEBOSH International General Certificate course on our international courses website.
Upon completion of the course, learners will be able to:
- Justify health and safety improvements using moral, financial and legal arguments
- Advise on the main duties for health and safety in the workplace
- Help their organisation manage contractors
- Work within a health and safety management system, recognising what effective general policy, organisation and arrangements should look like
- Positively influence health and safety culture and behaviour to improve performance in their organisation
- Do a general risk assessment in their own workplace - profiling and prioritising risks, inspecting the workplace, recognising a range of common hazards, evaluating risks (taking account of current controls), recommending further control measures, planning actions
- Recognise workplace changes that have significant health and safety impacts and effective ways to minimise those impacts
- Develop basic safe systems of work (including taking account of typical emergencies) and knowing when to use permit-to-work systems for special risks
- Take part in incident investigations
- Help their employer to check their management system effectiveness - through monitoring, audits and reviews
Full course syllabus
Unit NG1: Management of Health and Safety
Element 1: Why we should manage workplace health and safety
- 1.1 Discuss the moral, financial and legal reasons for managing health and safety in the workplace
- 1.2 Explain how the law works and the consequences of non-compliance
- 1.3 Summarise the main health and safety duties of employers and workers in HSWA 1974 and MHSWR 1999
- 1.4 Explain how contractors should be selected, monitored and managed
Element 2: How health and safety management systems work and what they look like
- 2.1 Give an overview of the elements of a health and safety management system and the benefits of having a formal/certified system
- 2.2 Discuss the main ingredients of health and safety management systems that make it effective - general policy, organisation, arrangements
Element 3: Managing risk - understanding people and processes
- 3.1 Describe the concept of health and safety culture and how it influences performance
- 3.2 Summarise how health and safety culture at work can be improved
- 3.3 Summarise the human factors which positively or negatively influence behaviour at work in a way that can affect health and safety
- 3.4 Explain the principles of the risk assessment process
- 3.5 Discuss typical workplace changes that have significant health and safety impacts and ways to minimise those impacts
- 3.6 Describe what to consider when developing and implementing a safe system of work for general activities
- 3.7 Explain the role, function and operation of a permit-to-work system
- 3.8 Discuss typical emergency procedures (including training and testing) and how to decide what level of first aid is needed in the workplace
Element 4: Health and safety monitoring and measuring
- 4.1 Discuss common methods and indicators used to monitor the effectiveness of management systems
- 4.2 Explain why and how incidents should be investigated, recorded and reported
- 4.3 Explain what an audit is and why and how it is used to evaluate a management system
- 4.4 Explain why and how regular reviews of health and safety performance are needed
NG2: Risk Assessment
For this unit learners must produce a risk assessment of a workplace which considers a wide range of identified hazards (drawn from elements 5-11) and meets best practice standards ('suitable and sufficient')
Element 5: Physical and psychological health
Element 6: Musculoskeletal health
Element 7: Chemical and biological agents
Element 8: General workplace issues
Element 9: Work equipment
Element 10: Fire
Element 11: Electricity
How is the NEBOSH Certificate assessed?
There are two assessments for the NEBOSH General Certificate:
- An online open-book assessment
- A 3-hour practical risk assessment carried out in the workplace to demonstrate the knowledge learned in elements 5-11.
You need to pass both assessments to achieve your NEBOSH General Certificate. Further information about open book exams as well as frequently asked questions, is available in the Learner Guide.
Study methods for staff on the NEBOSH Certificate
Find the best study solution to suit your staff needs:
- Convenient online learning or staff with our multimedia-rich learning & progress reports for managers
- At your place of work, for multiple staff members
If you are an individual looking to take your NEBOSH Certificate, please visit our Public Classroom Course page.