Accidents in the workplace are all too common, and while many of them only cause minor injuries others cause serious injuries or on occasion are fatal. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) reports that there were an estimated 693,000 workers who suffered non-fatal injuries in 2019/2020, while 111 workers were killed at work.
Certain workplace injuries – generally the more serious – must be reported to the authorities under RIDDOR – Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations – and are those which are either on a specified list of injuries and/or those that resulted in more than seven days off work. In 2019/2020 there were 65,427 such injuries reported. However, the HSE states unequivocally that it is known that non-fatal injuries under RIDDOR are substantially under-reported by employers, with current levels of reporting estimated at around half.
There are way too many accidents in all sorts of industries. For example, contractors who need to dig in any way, shape, or form, suffer from what are known as cable strikes. These can be electricity cables, water pipes, gas pipes, sewer pipes, telecoms, fibreoptic, and more, and it is estimated that there are some 60,000 cable strikes each year, many of which cause serious injury, and around a dozen every year which are fatal. This is despite the fact that there are companies who run courses to train surveyors in the use of equipment to locate and identify underground services before any digging work begins. Even so, a recent survey among contractors found that around 25% admitted to not always carrying out a survey, and of those, some of the reasons given were that “they didn’t think it was their job to do so” and that “they didn’t think they would dig deep enough to hit anything”! That is despite the fact that underground services can be at any depth, including just under the surface.
Quite obviously, a lot more needs to be done in order to reduce the huge number of workplace accidents and this is the reason for the existence of NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health. As a registered charity, its’ stated objectives are as follows:
“Our Vision is to preserve and improve health, safety, well-being, and the environment in workplaces worldwide.
Our Mission is to be recognised as the global leading provider of high-quality qualifications, training opportunities, and learner engagement in occupational health, safety, environmental, well-being, risk, and related subjects.”
NEBOSH provides a range of training courses and qualifications for those engaged in the business of health and safety in the workplace. The NEBOSH courses are a valuable introduction to occupational safety and health and are suitable for any employee at any level in any sector. They then provide Award level qualifications which afford a general understanding of health and safety principles and practice and are a perfect step for those planning to obtain other NEBOSH qualifications.
The next step up is Certificate-level qualifications which are for managers and supervisors and for those who are starting out in a career in health and safety. These qualifications include those for fire safety and risk management, construction health and safety, process safety management, oil and gas safety, environmental management, and more.
Following these, you can obtain the National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, and the National Diploma in Environmental Management. There are also international version of both diplomas.
At the top end of the scale, NEBOSH Diploma holders who wish to further their learning in health, safety and/or environmental management can take NEBOSH Master of Science degrees and NEBOSH Master of Research degrees in association with the University of Hull.
At Total Training Solutions, among the many courses that we provide, are NEBOSH courses, and NEBOSH provides us with the training syllabuses and exams. This means that if you are looking for a NEBOSH course in Leeds, we have got you covered. Our courses can enable you to obtain a NEBOSH National Diploma which is a degree level qualification for those who wish to embark on a career in health and safety as managers, consultants, or advisors. The Diploma allows you to put “DipNEBOSH” after your name.