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General Health and Safety Courses

For those who are either completely new to health and safety, or are in a job role where they need to know about many different areas of health and safety, rather than a safety training course focusing specifically on a particular area such as construction safety or fire safety, a general health and safety course or qualification is the best way to go.

As far as qualifications are concerned, the NEBOSH General Certificate is, as the name would suggest, a qualification which provides a good general overview of health and safety for a person working in virtually any industry. The NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus covers topics such as risk assessments, health and safety legislation and policies, along with certain types of hazards which are common to many places of work including electrical safety, fire risks, hazardous COSHH substances and manual handling/musculoskeletal issues.

After obtaining the NEBOSH General Certificate qualification, candidates will have passed the NGC1 unit, and can then go on to do the Fire or Construction certificate without having to repeat this unit again (as long as it has been achieved within the previous five years). These Certificates focus on the specific risks and issues associated with fire and construction site safety respectively, rather than a general health and safety overview suitable for numerous industries like the NEBOSH General Certificate is.

If you are in a managerial role and need a course which covers general health and safety issues from a management perspective, then IOSH Managing Safely courses are a good place to start. This four day course gives managers the knowledge required to manage health and safety within their business, including risk assessments, accident investigation and the legal responsibilities that managers of an organisation have with regards to health and safety (including their impact upon the environment).

For more information on these courses and others, including bespoke safety training programmes, please call one of our specialist health and safety training advisors on 0115 984 9940.

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