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The NEBOSH International Certificate Programme comprises 16 units of study. The units and key topics covered are as follows:

Unit 1: Health and Safety Foundations

  • The Nature and Scope of Health and Safety
  • Meanings and Distinctions
  • The Moral, Legal and Financial Reasons for Health and Safety
  • Typical Frameworks for Regulating Health and Safety
  • Sources of Information (Internal and External)
  • Framework for Health and Safety Management

Unit 2: Setting Policy for Health and Safety

  • The Role of the Health and Safety Policy
  • Aims, Objectives and Key Elements
  • Setting Targets
  • Organising for Health and Safety
  • Health and Safety Arrangements
  • Review of Health and Safety Policy
  • Standards and Guidance Relating to Health and Safety Policy

Unit 3: Organising for Health and Safety

  • Organisational Roles and Responsibilities
  • Responsibilities of the Self-Employed
  • The Supply Chain and General Duties of Suppliers, Manufacturers and Designers
  • Relationship Between Client and Contractor
  • Shared Responsibilities for Joint Occupation of Premises
  • Consultation with Workers

Unit 4: Promoting a Positive Health and Safety Culture

  • Definition of “Health and Safety Culture”
  • Correlation Between Health and Safety Culture and Performance
  • Tangible Outputs or Indicators of a Health and Safety Culture
  • Factors Promoting a Negative Health and Safety Culture
  • Internal Influences on Health and Safety
  • External Influences on Health and Safety
  • The Influence of Human Behaviour
  • Effecting Cultural Change

Unit 5: Health and Safety Risk Assessment

  • Definitions
  • Objectives of Risk Assessment
  • Analysing Incidents
  • Categorisation of Accidents
  • Categorisation of Health Risks
  • Distinction Between Acute and Chronic Health Effects
  • The Risk Assessment Process
  • The Extent of Risk Assessment
  • Special Categories of Workers

Unit 6: Principles of Control in Health and Safety

  • General Principles of Prevention
  • General Hierarchy of Control
  • Permits-to-Work
  • Safe Systems of Work
  • Emergency Procedures

Unit 7: Movement of People and Vehicles – Hazards and Control

  • Hazards to Pedestrians
  • Control Strategies to Protect Pedestrians
  • Vehicle Operations
  • Control Strategies for Safe Vehicle Operations
  • Means of Segregating Pedestrians and Vehicles

Unit 8: Manual and Mechanical Handling Hazards and Control

  • Manual Handling Hazards and Injuries
  • Ergonomic Assessment of Manual Handling Risks
  • Minimising the Risks from Manual Handling
  • Recognised Techniques for Manual Lifting
  • Hazards, Safe Use and Maintenance of Mechanical Handling Equipment
  • The need for Periodic Examination and Testing of Lifting Equipment

Unit 9: Work Equipment Hazards and Control

  • General Principles
  • Machinery - Hazards
  • Machinery – Methods of Protection
  • Machinery – Application of Protection Methods

Unit 10: Electrical Hazards and Control

  • Principles of Electricity
  • Hazards of Electricity
  • Control Measures

Unit 11: Fire Hazards and Control

  • Basic Principles of Fire
  • Classification of Fires
  • Basic Principles of Heat Transmission and Fire Spread
  • Causes and Consequences of Fires
  • Fire Risk Assessment
  • Fire Control Measures
  • Preventive Structural Measures
  • Fire Detection, Warning and Fire Fighting Equipment
  • Means of Escape
  • Emergency Evacuation Procedures

Unit 12: Chemical and Biological Health Hazards and Control

  • Forms of Chemical Agents
  • Forms of Biological Agents
  • Main Classification of Substances Hazardous to Health
  • Health Hazards of Specific Agents
  • Routes of Entry into the Body
  • Body Defences Against Hazardous Substances
  • Application of Workplace Exposure Limits
  • Sources of Information (Hazard Communication)
  • Assessment of Health Risks from Chemical and Biological Hazards
  • Control Measures
  • Basic Environmental Issues

Unit 13: Physical and Psychological Health Hazards and Control

  • Task and Workstation Design
  • Welfare and Work Environment Issues
  • Noise at Work
  • Heat and Radiation
  • Stress at Work
  • Violence at Work
  • Alcohol and Drug-Related Problems in the Workplace

Unit 14: Construction Activities - Hazards and Control

  • General Principles of Construction
  • Working Above Ground Level
  • Excavations
  • Construction-Related Health Hazards

Unit 15: Incident Investigation, Recording and Reporting

  • Role and Function of Accident and Incident Investigation
  • Basic Accident Investigation Procedures
  • Legal Reporting Requirements
  • Internal Systems for Collecting, Analysing and Communicating Data

Unit 16: Monitoring, Review and Audit

  • Active Monitoring
  • Reactive Monitoring
  • Workplace Inspections
  • Safety Sampling
  • Performance Review
  • Health and Safety Audit