Founded in 1979, NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) is the national examination body responsible for vocational health and safety courses. The organisation manages qualifications, although it does not directly deliver them. Courses are delivered by a range of institutions, including educational establishments and privately run training firms. Bodies running the courses must gain accreditation from NEBOSH in order to deliver them. The range of qualifications available is broad and the organisation offers three levels of qualification; awards, certificates and diplomas. The basic level is the award, suitable for employees at any level within a company, while the certificate is more suited to managers and supervisors; the diploma level is more in-depth and suited to managers or those with specific safety roles
Basic Business Health and Safety
There is a huge range of options for health and safety training at the certificate level and these offer a comprehensive set of qualifications for managers and executives. They can be crucial in understanding the basic legal requirements around the legislation, but also are designed to create positive attitudes and work practices. The range of qualifications fall into a number of categories, with the national general certificate covering safety in the workplace and managing health and safety. There are also NEBOSH courses for those working in the construction industry.
Given that the construction industry is particularly risky and that the legislation relating to those working in construction is complex, it’s no surprise that there are specific courses at certificate level designed for this industry. The construction certificate is suitable for people who make decisions about safety in construction on a day to day basis. For building firms to remain compliant with legislation, professional training is strongly recommended.
Most accredited providers also offer a range of certificate level qualifications in the area of environmental management, construction safety and general workplace health and safety. The training courses are valuable to all employees and employers, and are recognised nationally (and in some cases, internationally) as setting industry standards for safety and risk management across a whole range of industries. For small firms who lack resources and expertise in the area of Health and Safety, these qualifications offer a simple, established route to ensuring that your employees are working safely and within required legislative standards.