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NEBOSH IGC (International General Certificate)

The NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is one of the most popular and recognized health and safety qualification in the world.

Holders of NEBOSH IGC are able to identify, evaluate and control a wide range of workplace hazards. The NEBOSH IGC qualification encourages a practical approach to managing risk and the content can be applied in workplaces anywhere in the world.

Globally, employers find that the NEBOSH International General Certificate can improve the safety culture of their organization by providing line management and staff with a sound understanding of the principles of risk management.

The NEBOSH International General Certificate covers the principles relating to health and safety, identification and control of workplace hazards and the practical application of this knowledge. The practical element of the NEBOSH IGC course requires learners to complete a risk assessment of his/her workplace.

The key topics covered by the qualification NEBOSH IGC are:

  • The importance and key elements of health and safety management systems
  • Principles and practice of risk assessment
  • The identification of workplace hazards such as those associated with general workplace issues, fire, electricity, etc.
  • Methods for controlling recognized workplace hazards.

Learner doesn’t require previous health and safety knowledge. Learners should note that they should write a short report to the management as a part of the assessment.

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

  • IG1: Management of health and safety (Four elements)

    • Why should we manage workplace health and safety;
    • How health and safety management systems work and what they look like;
    • Managing risk – understanding people and processes;
    • Health and safety monitoring and measuring.
  • IG2: Risk Assessment (Seven elements)

    • Physical and psychological health;
    • Musculoskeletal health;
    • Chemical and biological agents;
    • General workplace issues;
    • Work equipment;
    • Fire;
    • Electricity.

On completion of the qualification, learners will be able to:

  • Justify the need for health and safety improvements;
  • Advise on the main duties for health and safety in the workplace;
  • Help their organization to manage contractors;
  • Work within a health and safety management system;
  • Positively influence health and safety culture and behavior;
  • Carry out a general risk assessment (using a 5-step approach) of their workplace;
  • Recognize workplace changes and their impacts and understand how to minimize these impacts;
  • Develop basic safe systems of work that include emergency arrangements and know when to use a permit-to-work system;
  • Take part in incident investigations; and
  • Help their employer check the effectiveness of the health and safety management system through monitoring, auditing and review.

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