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NEBOSH International General Certificate Syllabus

The NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC) in Occupational Health and Safety is a globally perceived capability that will give you a wide comprehension of key wellbeing and safety issues.

The NEBOSH IGC is likewise appropriate for those setting out on a profession in health and safety, offering a strong platform on which to advance to both of the NEBOSH Diploma courses. No prior health and safety knowledge is needed.

Overall Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Influence behavior to create a positive health & safety culture throughout an organization
  • Undertake a health & safety audit
  • Undertake hazard evaluations and accident investigations and suggest reasonable activity
  • Understand the role and objectives of the International Labor Organization
  • Plan and execute a compelling health & safety policy
  • Identify working environment risks and offer advice on corrective and preventative measurements.

Full course syllabus

Unit IGC1: Management International Health & Safety

Chapter 1: Foundations in Health and Safety

  • The basis of occupational health and safety and the barriers to good standards.
  • The moral, social and economic drivers for ensuring health and safety in the workplace, including; economic climate, globalization, migrant workers, compensation claims and insured/uninsured costs.
  • The role and objectives of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and International Labour Standards and the levels of legal duties.

Chapter 2: Health and Safety Management Systems - Plan

  • The key elements of Safety management systems; Plan-Do-Check-Act, ILO-OSH and OHSAS18001.
  • The purpose and features of an effective health and safety policy and the areas of business it influences.

Chapter 3: Health and Safety Management Systems - Do

  • Managing contractors.
  • The main roles responsible for managing health and safety and their specific duties.
  • The processes and programs that can influence a positive change in behavior at work.
  • The principles and practice of risk assessments.
  • The organizational, individual and job factors that influence health and safety behavior.
  • Emergency procedures and the provision of First Aid in the workplace. The key parts of making a positive health and safety culture and its significance in the management of health and safety.
  • The provision and features of various Personal Protective Equipment.
  • The levels and principles of health and safety control measures.
  • The role and function of a Permit-To-Work system
  • The process for setting a Safe System of Work in a range of working environments.

Chapter 4: Health and Safety Management Systems - Check

  • The features and role of active and reactive monitoring systems.
  • The purpose and procedures for investigating, recording and reporting incidents.

Chapter 5: Health and Safety Management Systems – Act

  • The purpose and procedure for performing a health and safety review.
  • The principles of internal and external audits

Unit GC2: Control of workplace hazards

Chapter 1: Workplace Hazards and Risk Control

  • The Prevention of falling materials through safe stacking and storage.
  • The Health, Welfare and Work Environment requirements of a workplace
  • The risks associated with violence and substance misuse at work and the procedures needed to effectively control it.
  • The perils and controls for safe development of individuals, working at height, unearthing and brief works.

Chapter 2: Transport Hazards and Risk Control

  • The hazards and controls for safe workplace transport operations including non-movement related workplace transport hazards.
  • The risk assessment process for driving at work.

Chapter 3: Musculoskeletal Hazards and Risk Control

  • Risks and controls of display screen equipment (DSE).
  • Risks and controls of work-related upper limb disorders (WRULD's).
  • Risks and controls of manual handling activities including manually operated and powered load handling equipment.

Chapter 4: Work Equipment Hazards and Risk Control

  • Risks and controls of hand-held instruments and mechanical and non-mechanical hardware.
  • General requirements for work equipment.

Chapter 5: Electrical Safety

  • The duties for controlling the risks of working with electricity.
  • The use of electricity and high risks associated with electricity at work.
  • The risk assessment process for work with electricity.

Chapter 6: Fire Safety

  • The fire risk assessment process and fire prevention methods.
  • The vacuation of a workplace in the event of a fire.
  • The initatiation, classification and spread of fires.
  • The principles and use of fire alarm systems and fire-fighting equipment.

Chapter 7: Chemical and Biological Health Hazards and Risk Control

  • The legal responsibilities when storing and handling waste.
  • The forms, classification and health risks from exposure to hazardous substances.
  • The key elements of a risk assessment of hazardous substances.
  • The utilize and control of regular work environment operators; Asbestos, Wood dust, Silica, Legionella, Blood Borne Viruses, (BBV's), Carbon Monoxide and Cement dust.
  • Control measures of hazardous substances, including occupational exposure limits.

Chapter 8: Physical and Psychological Health Hazards and Risk Control

  • The importance of managing stress at work.
  • The principles, health effects and controls of various health hazards; noise, vibration and radiation.
  • 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. Inspectors are from 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 Adi institute of Quality Engineers and externally moderated by NEBOSH.

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