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NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management Syllabus

NEBOSH Accredited Centre 807 logoThe NEBOSH Environmental Certificate consists of two units, each of which is assessed separately.

Unit EC1: Management and control of environmental hazards

On completion of EC1, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations.

Unit EC1 is a taught unit divided into 9 elements:

1. Foundations in environmental management

Learning Outcomes

  • Outline the scope and nature of environmental management
  • Explain the ethical, legal and financial reasons for maintaining and promoting environmental management
  • Outline the importance of sustainability and its relationship with Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Explain the role of national governments and international bodies in formulating a framework for the regulation of environmental management
  • Identify the reasons for implementing an environmental management system (EMS)

2. Environmental management systems

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the key features and appropriate content of an effective EMS, ie, ISO 14001:2015
  • Outline the benefits and limitations of introducing a formal EMS such as ISO 14001/BS 8555/EMAS into the workplace
  • Identify key members of the ISO 14000 family of standards and their purpose

3. Environmental impact assessments

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the reasons for carrying out environmental impact assessments
  • Describe the types of environmental impact
  • Identify the nature and key sources of environmental information
  • Explain the principles and practice of impact assessment.

4. Controls of emissions to air

Learning Outcomes

  • Outline the principles of air quality standards
  • Outline the main types of emissions to atmosphere and the associated hazards
  • Outline control measures that are available to reduce emissions

5. Control of contamination of water resources

Learning Outcomes

  • Outline the importance of the quality of water for life
  • Outline the main sources of water pollution
  • Outline the main control measures that are available to reduce contamination of water sources

6. Control of waste and land use

Learning Outcomes

  • Outline the significance of different waste categories and the relationship between category and route of disposal
  • Explain the importance of minimising waste
  • Outline how to manage waste
  • Describe outlets available for waste
  • Outline the risks associated with contaminated land

7. Sources and use of energy and energy efficiency

Learning Outcomes

  • Outline the benefits and limitations of fossil fuels
  • Outline alternative sources of energy and their benefits and limitations
  • Explain why energy efficiency is important to the business
  • Outline the control measures available to enable energy efficiency

8. Control of environmental noise

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the potential sources of environmental noise and their consequences
  • Outline the methods available for the control of environmental noise.

9. Planning for and dealing with environmental emergencies

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain why emergency preparedness and response is essential to protect the environment
  • Describe the measures that need to be in place when planning for emergencies

EC1 is assessed by a two-hour written examination consisting of ten ‘short-answer’ questions (worth 8 marks each) and one ‘long-answer’ question ( worth 20 marks).

Unit EC2: Environmental practical application

Unit EC2 is assessed by a practical examination carried out in the candidate’s own place of work no later than 10 working days of the written examination. The practical examination is internally assessed by Astutis and externally moderated by NEBOSH.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the knowledge and understanding gained from the study of elements of Unit EC1 in a practical environment
  • Carry out an environmental review of a workplace and complete a report to management regarding the review with recommendations

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Research from NEBOSH has shown that in the region of two thirds of health and safety job roles also encompass responsibility for environmental management.