NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Preparation Course

Course Overview

Despite the increasing global recognition of the importance of health and safety at work, accidents and work-related ill-health continue to affect all types of workplaces and occupations. The ILO estimates that approximately 5,800 people die daily (approximately one worker dies every 15 seconds) as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases; more than 2.3 million deaths worldwide per year. At least 14% of these deaths are due to the 317 million accidents at work that occur annually. There are an estimated 500 –2000 non-fatal injuries for every fatal injury (including 160 million cases of work-related disease), many of which result in lost earnings, lost jobs and permanent disability and poverty.

In addition to the direct costs of sick pay and absence, employers can find themselves dealing with criminal prosecution, claims for compensation, adverse publicity and harm to both business reputation and profitability. In the UK alone, the estimated annual cost of occupational injury and illness in 2011/12 is £4.3 billion to UK employers and £13.4 billion to the British economy. In 2003, the ILO estimated the cost to the global economy at an estimated $1.25 trillion ($1,250,000 million).

The vast majority of workplace injuries, accidents and ill-health are avoidable by good health and safety management. By saving money, improving productivity and raising workforce morale, effective health and safety management should be recognized as an essential element of a successful management strategy.

The International General Certificate takes a risk management approach based on best practice and international standards, such as International Labor Organization (ILO) codes of practice, with special reference to the model proposed in the ILO's "Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems" (ILO-OSH 2001). Local laws and cultural factors form part of the study program where relevant and appropriate.

Course Objectives

What will Participants gain from this qualification?

  • Knowledge to help them perform better in your role at work.
  • Enjoyment from discovering skills and techniques that are useful and practical, not just theoretical.
  • Recognition by becoming entitled to Associate Membership (AIOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The qualification also meets the academic requirements for Technical Membership (Tech IOSH) of IOSH.
  • Career development as it is afirst step towards a career as a health and safety professional. For others, it forms part of an important set of qualifications that will bring them success and advancement in whatever field they choose.

What will the employer gain from this qualification?

  • A safer workplaceas it protects people from injury and loss of life. Help their employer avoid prosecution, litigation, absence costs and loss of reputation.
  • Assurance as the employer committed to health and safety. Help employers meet recognized standards, codes of practice and even help win new business.
  • Return on investment by giving a practical set of skills that brings real value to the modern workplace.

Course Content

Management of international health and safety

  • Foundations in health and safety
  • Health and safety management systems - Plan
  • Health and safety management systems - Do
  • Health and safety management systems -Check
  • Health and safety management systems - Act

Controlling workplace hazards

  • Workplace hazards and risk control
  • Transport hazards and risk control
  • Musculoskeletal hazards and risk control
  • Work equipment hazards and risk control
  • Electrical safety
  • Fire safety
  • Chemical and biological health hazards and risk control
  • Physical and psychological health hazards and risk control

Health and safety practical application

  • Purpose and aim
  • Marking
  • Assessment location
  • Assessment requirements
  • Submission of completed work

Course Methodology

The training is going to be highly interactive combination of lectures, group discussions, questionnaires, individual reflections, role plays, simulations and videos.

Target Audience

Managers, supervisors and staff making day-to-day decisions at work that need a broad understanding of health and safety issues and be able to manage risks effectively.


5 Days (08:30–14:30) with appropriate breaks for tea/refreshments and lunch.

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