NEBOSH National General Certificate – Day Release


Start date TBC  – Runs for 12 weekly sessions 

  1. NG1 runs for 6 weeks
  2. NG2 runs for 6 weeks
  3. NG2 Project submitted 2 weeks from end of course with study evening arranged. Instruction given
  4. A relaxed method of training spread over a period to allow work and personal study. Study day also included

Venue: Located at 110, Hawkhead Road, Paisley PA2 7BA – (7 miles from Glasgow City Centre)

What does the qualification cover?

Unit NG1: Management of Health and Safety

Element 1: Why we should manage workplace health and safety

  • Discuss the moral, financial and legal reasons for managing health and safety in the workplace
  • Explain how the law works and the consequences of non-compliance
  • Summarise the main health and safety duties of employers and workers in HSWA 1974 and MHSWR 1999
  • Explain how contractors should be selected, monitored and managed

Element 2: How health and safety management systems work and what they look like

  • Give an overview of the elements of a health and safety management system and the benefits of having a formal/certified system
  • 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

  • Describe the concept of health and safety culture and how it influences performance
  • Summarise how health and safety culture at work can be improved
  • Summarise the human factors which positively or negatively influence behaviour at work in a way that can affect health and safety
  • Explain the principles of the risk assessment process
  • Discuss typical workplace changes that have significant health and safety impacts and ways to minimise those impacts
  • Describe what to consider when developing and implementing a safe system of work for general activities
  • Explain the role, function and operation of a permit-to-work system
  • 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

  • Discuss common methods and indicators used to monitor the effectiveness of management systems
  • Explain why and how incidents should be investigated, recorded and reported
  • Explain what an audit is and why and how it is used to evaluate a management system
  • 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

The qualification is divided into two units, each of which is assessed separately:

  • Management of Health and Safety (NG1)
  • Controlling workplace hazards practical assessment (NG2)

Course Assessments

All units are compulsory and assessments must be passed to gain the full qualification.

  • Unit NG1 is assessed by a 2 hour question paper consisting of 10 short essay answers and 1 long essay answer.
  • NG2 is a 3-hour practical assessment is completed after sitting your NG1 exam.

The Guide to the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety contains the full syllabus and sample examination papers and is available from the website shop. Past examination papers and examiners reports (which include the relevant question paper) are also available from the website shop. They do not contain model answers, but provide guidance as to what the examiners look for when marking scripts.

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