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Everything You Need To Know About NEBOSH

The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) provides qualifications that are globally recognised for health and safety and risk management. The standard of the NEBOSH courses and training is underscored by the fact that a lot of job adverts in safety and health specify that a NEBOSH qualification is a requirement.

As an examination board, NEBOSH provides us at Total Training Solutions – as training providers – with a syllabus and exams. There are a number of different NEBOSH courses and qualifications and they cater for all levels of staff in a wide number of different workplaces.

There are a lot of accidents in the workplace. According to the Health and Safety Executive, in 2019/2020 there were an estimated 693,000 workers who suffered a non-fatal injury while at work in the UK which works out at 2,160 per 100,000 workers. About one quarter of the injuries resulted in more than a week off work. Obviously, everything that can be done in order to reduce these numbers must be done, which is why NEBOSH training and qualifications are so important.

The courses which we provide offer globally recognised qualifications such as the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety or NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, and these are great first steps on the path to becoming a fully qualified health and safety professional. There is also the NEBOSH Fire Certificate and the NEBOSH National Construction Certificate which, as the name suggests, is aimed specifically at those working in the construction industry.

In addition, our NEBOSH training in Newcastle covers the NEBOSH National Diploma. This is a degree level qualification and is intended for people who wish to pursue a career in health and safety such as health and safety managers, consultants, and advisors. Many universities in the UK accept this National Diploma as acceptable prior learning if you should want to go on to an MSc course.

If you obtain the NEBOSH National Diploma you are entitled to use “DipNEBOSH” after your name. It also enables you to apply for full membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, and Graduate Membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (GradIOSH).

You would also be eligible to apply for Chartered Membership of IOSH if you have the required experience. You can obtain CMIOSH status by a practical evidence-based route as opposed to exams, and for this you might wish to consider the NVQ Level 5 Diploma.

Our NEBOSH National Diploma course takes place in Newcastle over 35 days and is made up of three separate units taught in the classroom. These are as follows:

  • Unit A: Managing Health and Safety
  • Unit B: Hazardous Agents in the Workplace
  • Unit C: Workplace and Work Equipment Safety

There is a 3-hour examination which follows each of the classroom units.

This is followed by Unit D which is a practical work-based assignment that tests how well you are able to apply the knowledge that you have acquired from the classroom units. This is a practical assessment covering a full health and safety assessment of any company you choose, but preferably your own.

The course also includes a one-day revision workshop for each one of the classroom units, and these cover advice on revision and assistance with undertaking the NEBOSH exam.

At Total Training Solutions we also offer a course to obtain the NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management. This is the foremost fire safety qualification in the UK and will train holders of the certificate to be able to carry out fire risk assessments. This is a very valuable skill since it is a requirement that the Responsible Person in every business, together with private landlords, must carry out a fire risk assessment of their premises, and if they employ more than four people must keep a written record of it.

The problem that most of these people have is that they have no idea how to carry out a fire risk assessment, yet the law requires that they must do it. However, they are permitted to have the fire risk assessment carried out by a qualified person, so this is another avenue for people who have the appropriate training and qualifications and can make a full-time living doing it.