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NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work Syllabus

The Health and Safety at Work Award from NEBOSH comprises two units:

Unit HSW1: Workplace safety foundations

  1. The foundations of health and safety
  2. The responsibility for health and safety
  3. Health and safety risk assessment and control
  4. Hazards and control associated with work equipment
  5. Transport safety
  6. Hazards and controls associated with working with electricity
  7. Fire safety
  8. Hazards and controls associated with manual handling and repetitive movement
  9. Hazards and controls associated with hazardous substances
  10. Hazards and controls associated with the working environment

Unit 1 is a taught unit, assessed by a one hour multiple choice examination which is scanned and marked electronically. Each examination consists of forty questions (1 mark each) with one correct and three incorrect responses available per question and covers the whole unit syllabus with at least one question per unit element.

All questions are compulsory. Candidate scripts are scanned and marked electronically.

Unit HSW2: Risk assessment activity

  • Workplace risk assessment

Unit HSW2 is assessed by a one-hour risk assessment activity, taken within 10 working days of sitting the multiple choice examination and carried out in the candidate’s own workplace

The practical assessment is internally assessed by the accredited course provider and externally moderated by NEBOSH.

Achieving the full qualification

In order to achieve the full NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work qualification, candidates will need to pass both units within a 2-year period. This 2-year time frame commences from the result declaration date of the first successful unit.

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