NEW 2018 SYLLABUS
NEBOSH have recently revised the syllabus for the NEBOSH National and International General Certificate courses, which is slowly being released by NEBOSH centres.
WHAT IS THE NEBOSH INTERNATIONAL GENERAL CERTIFICATE?
This course is an internationally recognised qualification in the management of Health and Safety at work. This is the right course for you if you want to learn about the principals of Occupational Health and Safety in Kenya and East Africa and the implementation of safe working practices and safety systems at work. This course is a ‘General’ course and is not specific to any particular industrial sector, instead, what you learn on this course can be applied to any sector that you work in, or wish to work in. This qualification is widely recognised by global corporations operating in high risk environments such as Oil & Gas, Mining and Construction sectors among others.
WHAT HAS CHANGED?
The Qualification structure has changed so there will only be one exam with more focus on the practical application. The content from the 2014 Syllabus, which contains thirteen elements, has been combined into eleven elements.
THE 2018 SPECIFICATION COVERS 2 UNITS:
IG1 – 2 hours exam (written) to assess what you have learnt;
IG2 – A workplace-based application, designed to assess what you do.
– a small reduction in overall study hours (approximately 20 hours),
– Only 1 written exam (Unit IG1)
– Expanded practical assessment IG2 (this is a longer assessment than the previous G3).
OVERALL LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:
- Work around a health and safety management system, identifying what effective policy, organisational responsibilities and arrangements should look like.
- Apply health and safety improvements using moral, financial and legal arguments
- Address on the main duties for health and safety in the workplace and assist their organisation manage contractors and visitors on site.
- Positively influence health and safety culture and behaviour to improve performance in their organisation
- Conduct 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.
- Identify workplace changes that could impact on health and safety and effective ways to minimise those impacts
- Come up with safe systems of work (including taking account of typical emergencies) and knowing when to use permit-to-work systems for special risks
- Continuously monitor their management system effectiveness – through monitoring, audits and reviews
- Conduct and assist in incident investigation
Unit IG1: Management of Health & 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 health and safety is regulated and the consequences of non-compliance
- 1.3 Summarise the main health and safety duties of different groups of people at work and 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 – policy, responsibilities, 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 permitto-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
Unit IG2: 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
There are two assessments for the NEBOSH International 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.
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