NEBOSH updates the National General Certificate

NEBOSH has revised the format of the National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, with the aim of aligning it more closely with real life scenarios that safety professionals are likely to face.

Previously, those who took the course, would be presented with two written assessments and undertake a practical workplace inspection. In the revised format, there will just be one examination paper, and a practical risk assessment that will be sent to NEBOSH for marking.

NEBOSH states that the new risk assessments will present a holistic approach and will ensure successful learners return to work and instantly add value to their employers and colleagues.

Ian Taylor, NEBOSH Chief Executive, says that risk management is a key part of the role for anyone with health and safety responsibilities, and thanks to the practical focus on everyday tasks people encounter, learners will learn how to identify and manage the risks.

For anyone undertaking risk assessments, it should be structured in line with the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) five step approach:

  • identify sources of harm in the workplace;
  • identify who might be harmed and how;
  • evaluate risks and decide on appropriate controls;
  • record the risk assessment; and
  • review and update the assessment.