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NEBOSH International General Certificate Syllabus

NEBOSH Accredited Centre 807 logoManagers, supervisors and employees globally take the recognised NEBOSH International General Certificate course which offers the skills and understanding of how to fulfil the health and safety responsibilities requires of their roles in any country and any organisation.

The NEBOSH IGC is also suitable for those embarking on a career in health and safety, offering a solid platform on which to progress to the NEBOSH International Diploma course. No proir health and safety knowledge is needed.

Full course syllabus

Unit IGC1: Management of International Health & Safety

Foundations in health and safety

  • Outline the scope and nature of occupational health and safety
  • Explain the moral, social and economic reasons for maintaining and promoting good standards of health and safety in the workplace
  • Explain the role of national governments and international bodies in formulating a framework for the regulation of health and safety

Health and safety management systems - Policy

  • Outline the key elements of a health and safety management system
  • Explain the purpose and importance of setting policy for health and safety
  • Describe the key features and appropriate content of an effective health and safety policy

Health and safety management systems - Organising

  • Outline the health and safety roles and responsibilities of employers, managers, supervisors, workers and other relevant parties
  • Explain the concept of health and safety culture and its significance in the management of health and safety in an organisation
  • Outline the human factors which influence behaviour at work in a way that can affect health and safety
  • Explain how health and safety behaviour at work can be improved
  • Outline the need for emergency procedures and the arrangements for contacting emergency services

Health and safety management systems ­- Planning

  • Explain the importance of planning in the context of health and safety management systems
  • Explain the principles and practice of risk assessment
  • Explain the general principles of control and a basic hierarchy of risk reduction measures
  • Identify the key sources of health and safety information
  • Explain what factors should be considered when developing and implementing a safe system of work for general activities
  • Explain the role and function of a permit-to-work system

Health and safety management systems - Measuring, audit and review

  • Outline the principles, purpose and role of active and reactive monitoring
  • Explain the purpose of, and procedures, for health and safety auditing
  • Explain the purpose of, and procedures for, investigating incidents (accidents, cases of work-related ill-health and other occurrences)
  • Describe the legal and organisational requirements for recording and reporting incidents
  • Explain the purpose of, and procedures for, regular reviews of health and safety performance

Unit GC2: Control of workplace hazards

Workplace hazards and risk control

Outline common health, welfare and work environment requirements in the workplace

  • Explain the risk factors and appropriate controls for violence at work
  • Explain the effects of substance misuse on health and safety at work and control measures to reduce such risks
  • Explain the hazards and control measures for the safe movement of people in the workplace
  • Explain the hazards and control measures for safe working at height
  • Outline the hazards and control measures for temporary works

Transport hazards and risk control

  • Explain the hazards and control measures for the safe movement of vehicles in the workplace
  • Outline the factors associated with driving at work that increases the risk of an incident and the control measures to reduce work-related driving risks

Musculoskeletal hazards and risk control

  • Explain work processes and practices that may give rise to work-related upper limb disorders and appropriate control measures
  • Explain the hazards and control measures which should be considered when assessing risks from manual handling activities
  • Explain the hazards and controls to reduce the risk in the use of lifting and moving equipment with specific reference to manually-operated load moving equipment
  • Explain the hazards and the precautions and procedures to reduce the risk in the use of lifting and moving equipment with specific reference to powered load handling equipment

Work equipment hazards and risk control

  • Outline general requirements for work equipment
  • Explain the hazards and controls for hand-held tools
  • Describe the main mechanical and non-mechanical hazards of machinery
  • Explain the main control methods for reducing risk from machinery hazards

Electrical safety

  • Outline the principles, hazards and risks associated with the use of electricity in the workplace
  • Outline the control measures that should be taken when working with electrical systems or using electrical equipment in all normal workplace conditions

Fire safety

  • Describe the principles of fire initiation, classification and spread
  • Outline the principles of fire risk assessment
  • Describe the basic principles of fire prevention and the prevention of fire spread in buildings
  • Outline the appropriate fire alarm system and fire-fighting arrangements for a simple workplace
  • Outline the factors which should be considered when implementing a successful evacuation of a workplace in the event of a fire

Chemical and biological health hazards and risk control

  • Outline the forms of, the classification of, and health risks from exposure to hazardous substances
  • Explain the factors to be considered when undertaking an assessment of the health risks from substances commonly encountered in the workplace
  • Describe the use and limitations of occupational exposure limits including the purpose of long term and short term exposure limits
  • Outline control measures that should be used to reduce the risk of ill-health from exposure to hazardous substances
  • Outline the hazards, risks and controls associated with specific agents
  • Outline the basic requirements related to the safe handling and storage of waste

Physical and psychological health hazards and risk control

  • Outline the health effects associated with exposure to noise and appropriate control measures
  • Outline the health effects associated with exposure to vibration and appropriate control measures
  • Outline the principal health effects associated with ionising and non-ionising radiation and basic protection techniques
  • Outline the meaning, causes and effects of work-related stress and appropriate control actions

Unit GC3: Health and safety practical application

Health and safety practical application

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of the unit IGC1 and GC2 syllabus, by successful completion of a health and safety inspection of a workplace
  • Complete a report to management regarding the inspection with recommendations

Unit Assessments

All units are mandatory and there are no optional units.

Units IGC1 and IGC2 are taught units assessed by one two-hour written examination per unit and consisting of ten ‘short-answer’ questions and one ‘long-answer’ question. All questions are compulsory and are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.

Unit IGC3 is assessed by a two-hour practical examination carried out in the candidate's workplace.  The assessment must normally be taken within 14 days of a written examination is internally assessed by Astutis and externally moderated by NEBOSH.

NEBOSH International Certificate Course: Futher Information

Choosing to study for your qualification with Astutis means you can undertake the NEBOSH International Certificate course in either of the following ways:

  • Online, at a time and place to suit you with our popular e-learning course
  • In a classroom, with like-minded professionals from similar organisations
  • At your place of work, for multiple staff members

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