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    NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health - IG

    Course Objective

    The IGC looks at everyday solutions for general workplace health and safety issues. When you have completed the qualification, you will be able to:

    • Justify the need for health and safety improvements;
    • Advice on duties for health and safety in the workplace;
    • Help your 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 your 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 your employer check the effectiveness of
    • Their health and safety management system through monitoring, auditing, and review.
    The following points shall be discussed in the course:

    • Justify health and safety improvements using moral, financial, and legal arguments.
    • Advise on the main duties for health and safety in the workplace and help their organization manage contractors.
    • Work within a health and safety management system, recognizing what effective policy, organizational responsibilities, and arrangements should look like.
    • Positively influence health and safety culture and behavior to improve performance in their organization.
    • Do a general risk assessment in their own workplace – profiling and prioritizing risks, inspecting the workplace, recognizing a range of common hazards, evaluating risks (taking account of current controls), recommending further control measures, planning actions.
    • Recognize workplace changes that have significant health and safety impacts and effective ways to minimize those impacts.
    • Develop basic safe systems of work (including taking account of typical emergencies)
    • and knowing when to use permit-to-work systems for special risks.
    • Take part in incident investigations.
    • Help their employer to check their management system effectiveness – through monitoring, audits, and reviews.
    Training delivered by NEBOSH Authorised Learning Center Number: 1452

    Week 1 - Day 1 ( IG-1)

    Session 1 - 1.1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions
    • Housekeeping
    • Introduction to course
    • Syllabus and assessments
    • Why We Should Manage Workplace Health and Safety
    Session 2 - 2.1. Moral and Money - continued Morals and Money
    • The Scale of the Problem
    • Moral Expectations
    • The Business Case for Health and Safety
    • Insured and Uninsured Costs
    2.2. Regulating Health and Safety
    • The role of the ILO
    • Conventions and Recommendations
    • C155 and R164
    Session 3 - 3.1. Regulating Health and Safety - continued
    • Consequences of non-compliance
    • Other international standards
    • 3.2. Who Does What in Organisations
    • Role of Directors and senior managers
    • Demonstrating commitment
    • Shared premises
    Session 4 – 4.1. Who Does What in Organisations – continued
    • Shared Duties
    • The Selection of Contractors
    • Planning and Control of Contractors
    • End of Module Exercise
    • End of session summary and close

    Day 2

    Session 5 – 5.1. Overview of previous day training
    5.2. Health and Safety Management Systems

    • ILO-OSH 2001: Policy, Organising, Planning and implementation, Evaluation, Action for improvement
    • ISO 45001: Context of the organization; Leadership and worker participation; Planning; Support; Operation; Performance evaluation; Improvement
    • End of Module Exercise
    Session 6 - 6.1. Making It Work – Health and Safety Policy
    • Group Exercise
    • The Role of the Health and Safety Policy in Decision-Making
    • General Statement of Intent
    • Organization – roles and responsibilities
    • Arrangements
    • Individual activity
    • Reviewing Policy
    • End of Module Exercise

    Session 7 - 7.1. Health and Safety Culture
    • Definition
    • Group Exercise
    • The Correlation between Culture and Performance
    • Indicators Used to Assess Culture 
    • Influence of Peers
    Session 8 – 8.1. Improving Health and Safety Culture
    • Management Commitment and Leadership
    • Competent Staff
    • Group Exercise
    • Verbal communication
    • Written communication
    • Graphic communication
    8.3. . Improving Health and Safety Culture - continued
    • Consultation
    • Training
    • End of session summary and close

    Day 3

    • Session 9 - 9.1. Overview of previous day training
    • 9.2. Human Factors Influencing Safety-Related Behavior
    • Individual, Job, and Organizational Factors
    • Organizational Factors
    • Job Factors
    • Individual Factors
    • Group Exercise

     Session 10 - 10.1. Risk Assessment
    • Definitions
    • Risk Profiling
    • Group Exercise
    10.2. Consider a specific hazard and discuss in groups the difference between the:
    • Hazardous properties of the activity, article, or substance
    • The risk of harm occurring
    • Risk Assessment
    • Objectives of Risk Assessment
    • Criteria for a Suitable and Sufficient Assessment
    • 5 steps starting with – Identifying Hazards
    • Identifying the People at Risk
    • Evaluating the Risk and Deciding on Precautions     
    Session 11 - 11.1. Risk Assessment – continued
    • Group Exercise
    • Discuss the benefits and limitations of PPE as a risk control method
    • Recording Significant Findings
    • Reviewing
    • Special Cases and Vulnerable Workers
    11.2. Management of Change          
    • Examples of changes and their impacts
    • Management principles
    • Review of change
    11.2. Management of Change          
    • Examples of changes and their impacts
    • Management principles
    • Review of change
     Session 12 – 12.1. Safe Systems of Work
    • Written Procedures
    • Technical, Procedural, and Behavioral Controls
    • Development of a Safe System of Work
    • Analyzing Tasks, Identifying Hazards and Assessing Risks
    • Introducing Controls and Formulating Procedures
    • Instruction and Training in the Operation of the System
    • Monitoring the System
    • Group Exercise
    • End of session summary and close

    Day 4


    Session 13 - 13.1. Overview of previous day training
    13.2. Permit-to-Work Systems

    • Definition of Permit-to-Work Systems
    • Operation and Application
    • Typical Permit Systems
    • Group Exercise

     Session 14 - 14.1. Emergency Procedures and First Aid
    • Group Exercise
    • The Importance of Developing Emergency Procedures Emergency Procedure Arrangements
    • Training and Testing
    14.2. First-Aid Requirements
    • First-Aid Facilities and Equipment
    • Group Exercise
    • First Aiders and Appointed Persons
    • Group Exercise
    • First-Aid Coverage
      Session 15 - 15.1. Active and Reactive Monitoring
    • Active Monitoring
    • Safety Inspections, Sampling and Tours
    • Group Exercise
    • Arrangements for Active Monitoring
    • Reactive Monitoring
    Session 16 – 16.1. Investigating Incidents Written Procedures
    • Function of Investigations
    • Types of Incident
    • Group Exercise
    • Basic Investigation Procedures
    • Group Exercise
    • End of session summary and close 

    Day 5


    Session 17 - 17.1. Overview of previous day training
    17.2. Investigating Incidents

    • Recording and Reporting Requirements
    • Group Exercise
    • Internal Data Collection, Analysis, and Communication

    Session 18 - 18.1. Auditing
    • Definition, Scope, and Purpose of Auditing
    • Group Exercise
    18.2. What is the difference between an audit and an inspection?
    • The Distinction Between Audits and Inspections
    • The Audit Process from Preparation to Follow-up
    • Group Exercise
    • Discuss advantages and disadvantages of external and internal audits.
    Session 19 - 19.1. Reviewing Health and Safety Performance
    • Purpose of Regular Reviews
    • Group Exercise
    • Performance Indicators
    • Continual Improvement
    Session 20 - 20.1. Revision and Exam Preparation Skills
    • How to Revise
    • How to Prepare for the Exam
    • Reminder of basic exam skills

    Week 2 ( IG2) - Day 6 

    Session 1 - 1.1. Introduction to the Course - Overview and aims.
    • Introduction to the Practical Assessment
    • Brief outline of IG2 principles
    1.2. Noise
    • Terminology
    • Noise assessment
    • Noise exposure standards
    • Noise exposure control
    • Group Exercise
    • Hearing protection
    • Health surveillance
    Session 2 - 2.1. Vibration
    • Effects of exposure to vibration
    • Vibration assessment and exposure standards
    • Group exercise
    2.2. What occupations are most at risk of exposure to vibration?
    • How can you reduce the risks?
    • Vibration exposure control
    • Health surveillance
    • The Practical Assessment Overview
    Session 3 – 3.1. Case study Exercise 1
    • Case study Exercise 1
    • Brief learners in Exercise 1
    • Allow learners to carry out the exercise using Part 1 of the Form 
    3.2. Radiation
    • Types of Ionising Radiation and Health Effects
    • Sources of Ionising Radiation
    • Protection from Ionising Radiation
    • Radon Gas
    • Types, Sources and Health Effects of Non-Ionising Radiation 
    • Protection from non-ionizing radiation
    • Group exercise
    Session 4 – 4.1. Mental Ill-Health
    • Definitions
    • Effects of stress
    • Prevention strategies
    • End of Module Exercise
    4.2. Violence at Work 
    • Definition of violence
    • Risk factors and control measures
    • Group Exercise 
    4.3. Substance Abuse at Work
    • Types of substances abused at work
    • Group Exercise
    • Risks to health and safety
    • Risk control measures
    • End of session summary and close

    Day 7


     Session 5 – 5.1. Overview of previous day training
     5.2. Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders

    • WRULDS & MSDs
    • Matching the workplace to individual needs
    • The ill-health effects of poor task and workstation design
    • Ergonomics risk factors;
    • Example – DSE
    • End of Module Exercise
    Session 6 - 6.1. Manual Handling
    • Definition
    • Group Exercise
    • Common Injuries  
    • Assessing the risks – TILE
    • Group Exercise
    6.2. Identify specific factors for a manual handling risk assessment
    • Avoiding or minimizing the manual handling risks
    • Efficient Movement Principles
    • The Practical Assessment – Risk Assessment (part 1)
    Session 7 - 7.1. Load-Handling Equipment
    • Hazards and safe use of manually operated load-handling equipment
    • Patient hoists and handling equipment
    • Power load-handling equipment
    • Group Exercise
    7.2. What accidents could occur with the use of a forklift truck?  
    • Forklift truck hazards and precautions; battery-powered trucks; diesel-powered trucks; LPG-powered trucks; lifts and hoists; conveyors; cranes
    • Group Exercise
    • Requirements for safe lifting operations
    • Statutory examination; testing
    • End of Module Exercise
    Session 8 – 8.1. Forms of, classification of, and health risks from hazardous substances
    • Forms of chemical agents
    • Forms of biological agents
    • Acute and chronic health effects
    • The main classification of substances hazardous to health
    • Group Exercise
    8.2. How can chemical/biological organisms enter the body?
    • Routes of entry
    • Defense mechanisms
    • Group Exercise
    • End of session summary and close

    Day 8


    Session 9 - 9.1. Overview of previous day training

    9.2. Occupational exposure limits

    • Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs)/Workplace Exposure Limits (WELS)
    • Short-term and long-term limits
    • End of Module Exercise
    9.3. Control Measures
    • The need to prevent or control exposure
    • Group Exercise
    • Practical application of the principles of good practice
    • Further control of carcinogens, mutagens, and asthmagens
    • Specific Agents
    Session 10 - 10.1. The Practical Assessment – Risk Assessment (Part 2)
    • Continue with the briefing started yesterday on the Form 2 risk assessment
    • Focus on the last 3 columns - further actions required, timescales and responsibilities
    • Case Study Exercise 3
    • Brief learners in Exercise 3
    • Allow learners to carry out exercise using the first three columns of the Part 2 Form
    • Review and feedback using supporting example
    10.2. Health, Welfare, and Work Environment Requirements
    • Health and welfare provisions
    • Group Exercise
    • Basic welfare facilities in the workplace
    • The effects of exposure to extremes of temperature
    • Group Exercise
    Session 11 - 11.1. Work at Height
    • Examples and definitions of work at height
    • Basic hazards of work at height
    • Group Exercise
    • Avoiding work at height; preventing falls and falling materials; emergency rescue; minimizing distance and consequences of a fall; training; head protection
    • Safe working practices for access equipment
    • Group Exercise
    11.2. Suggest the control measures for the safe use of ladders.
    • Discuss reasons for scaffold collapse
    • Inspecting access equipment
    • End of Module 8.2 Exercise
    Session 12 – 12.1. Confined Spaces
    • Outline the definition of what a confined space is
    • Explain the dangers
    • Explain the control measures
    12.2. Lone Working
    • Outline the definition of what lone working is
    • Explain the risks
    • Explain the control measures
    • End of session summary and close

    Day 9


    Session 13 - 13.1. Overview of previous day training

    13.2. Slips and Trips

    • Hazards in the workplace
    • Group Exercise
    • Slips trips and falls
    • Control measures for the safe movement of people in the workplace
    • Examples of signs that could reduce the risk of injury by vehicles
    Session 14 - 14.1. Safe Movement of People and Vehicles in The Workplace
    • Typical risks relating to vehicle movements
    • Group Exercise
    • Forklift trucks; risk factors; non-movement related hazards
    • Control measures for safe workplace transport operations
    14.2. Driving for Work
    •  Managing work-related road safety
    • Risk assessment – factors associated with driving at work that increases the risk
    • Evaluating the risks
    • Control measures
    • Hazards of hybrid/ electric vehicles
    Session 15 - 15.1. General Requirements for Work Equipment
    • Types of work equipment; Suitability
    • Prevention of access to dangerous parts
    • Restricting use
    • Information, instruction, and training
    • Group Exercise
    • Maintenance, inspection and testing
    • The Practical Assessment – Top 3 priorities with justification
    • Case study Exercise
    15.2. Hand-held tools
    • Hazards and misuse of hand-held tools
    • Group Exercise
    • Hazards of portable power tools and the means of control
    Session 16 – 16.1. Machinery Hazards Function of Investigations
    • Mechanical and other (non-mechanical) hazards
    • Specific machinery examples – hazards
    • Group Exercise
    • Non-mechanical hazards
    • End of Module Exercise
    16.2. Control Measures for Machinery
    • Control measures for reducing risk from machinery hazards
    • Specific machinery examples – control measures
    • Requirements for Guards and Safety Devices
    • End of session summary and close

    Day 10

    Session 17 - 17.1. Overview of previous day training
    17.2. Fire Initiation, Classification and Spread
    • Principles of fire; classification of fire
    • Group Exercise
    • Principles of heat transmission and fire spread
    • Common causes and consequences of fires in workplaces
    • End of Module Exercise
    Session 18 - 18.1. Fire Prevention and Prevention of Fire Spread
    • control measures to minimize the risk of fire in a workplace
    • Storage of flammable liquids in workrooms and other locations
    • Group Exercise
    • Structural measures for preventing the spread of fire and smoke
    • Use of electrical equipment inflammable atmospheres   
    18.2. Fire Alarms and Fire-Fighting
    • Common fire detection and alarm systems
    • Portable fire-fighting equipment
    • Access for fire and rescue services and vehicles
    • End of Module Exercise
    Session 19 - 19.1. Fire Evacuation
    • Means of escape; emergency evacuation procedures
    • Role and appointment of fire marshals
    • Fire drills; roll call; provisions for people with disabilities
    • Building plans to include the record of emergency escape.
    • The Practical Assessment – Review, communicate, and check
    • Case study Exercise
    19.2. Principles, Hazards and Risks of Electricity
    • Briefly introduce the principles
    • Explain the hazards and risks
    • Dangerous activities  
    Session 20 - 20.1. Control Measures
    • Protection of conductors
    • Group Exercise
    • Strength and capability of equipment
    • Advantages and limitations of protective systems use of competent persons
    • Use of safe systems of work
    • Emergency procedures following an electrical incident inspection and maintenance strategies
    • User checks and PAT
    20.2. Final Briefing on Practical Assessment
    • Final checks (refer to NEBOSH checklist)
    • Submission of the assessment
    • Introduce and discuss the official NEBOSH example practical assessment
    • Review of the week
    • End of session summary and close

    • This qualification is designed for anyone (managers, supervisors, and workers) in any type of organization
    • It’s ideal for anyone who needs a broad understanding of health and safety issues to be able to manage day-to-day risks effectively
    • Many people take the International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (IGC) as the first step in a career in health and safety
    • It gives a valuable overview, and is a sound basis for further professional study

    Week 1 - Day 1 ( IG-1)

    • 2 - 2.1. Moral and Money - continued Morals and Money
    • 2.2. Regulating Health and Safety
    • 3 - 3.1. Regulating Health and Safety - continued
    • 4 – 4.1. Who Does What in Organisations – continued
    Day 2
    • 5 – 5.1. Overview of previous day training
    • 5.2. Health and Safety Management Systems
    • 6 - 6.1. Making It Work – Health and Safety Policy
    • 7 - 7.1. Health and Safety Culture
    • 8 – 8.1. Improving Health and Safety Culture
    • 8.3. . Improving Health and Safety Culture - continued
    Day 3
    • 10 - 10.1. Risk Assessment
    • 9 - 9.1. Overview of previous day training
    • 11 - 11.1. Risk Assessment – continued
    • 11.2. Management of Change          
    • 11.2. Management of Change          
    • 12 – 12.1. Safe Systems of Work
    Day 4
    • 13 - 13.1. Overview of previous day training
    • 13.2. Permit-to-Work Systems
    • 14 - 14.1. Emergency Procedures and First Aid
    • 14.2. First-Aid Requirements
    • 15 - 15.1. Active and Reactive Monitoring
    • 16 – 16.1. Investigating Incidents Written Procedures
    Day 5
    • 17 - 17.1. Overview of previous day training
    • 17.2. Investigating Incidents
    • 18 - 18.1. Auditing
    • 18.2. What is the difference between an audit and an inspection?
    • 19 - 19.1. Reviewing Health and Safety Performance
    • 20 - 20.1. Revision and Exam Preparation Skills
    Week 2 ( IG2) - Day 6 
    • 1.2. Noise
    • 2 - 2.1. Vibration
    • 2.2. What occupations are most at risk of exposure to vibration?
    • 3 – 3.1. Case study Exercise 1
    • 3.2. Radiation
    • 4 – 4.1. Mental Ill-Health
    • 4.2. Violence at Work 
    • 4.3. Substance Abuse at Work
    Day 7
    • 5 – 5.1. Overview of previous day training
    • 5.2. Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders
    • 6 - 6.1. Manual Handling
    • 6.2. Identify specific factors for a manual handling risk assessment
    • 7 - 7.1. Load-Handling Equipment
    • 7.2. What accidents could occur with the use of a forklift truck?  
    • 8 – 8.1. Forms of, classification of, and health risks from hazardous substances
    • 8.2. How can chemical/biological organisms enter the body?
    Day 8
    • 9 - 9.1. Overview of previous day training
    • 9.2. Occupational exposure limits
    • 9.3. Control Measures
    • 10 - 10.1. The Practical Assessment – Risk Assessment (Part 2)
    • 10.2. Health, Welfare, and Work Environment Requirements
    • 11 - 11.1. Work at Height
    • 11.2. Suggest the control measures for the safe use of ladders.
    • 12 – 12.1. Confined Spaces
    • 12.2. Lone Working
    Day 9
    • 13 - 13.1. Overview of previous day training
    • 13.2. Slips and Trips
    • 14 - 14.1. Safe Movement of People and Vehicles in The Workplace
    • 14.2. Driving for Work
    • 15 - 15.1. General Requirements for Work Equipment
    • 15.2. Hand-held tools
    • 16 – 16.1. Machinery Hazards Function of Investigations
    • 16.2. Control Measures for Machinery
    Day 10
    • 17 - 17.1. Overview of previous day training
    • 17.2. Fire Initiation, Classification, and Spread
    • 18 - 18.1. Fire Prevention and Prevention of Fire Spread
    • 18.2. Fire Alarms and Fire-Fighting
    • 19 - 19.1. Fire Evacuation
    • 19.2. Principles, Hazards and Risks of Electricity
    • 20 - 20.1. Control Measures
    • 20.2. Final Briefing on Practical Assessment


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    • The course will require learners to undertake some research
    • They will require at least some access to the Internet resources for this purpose

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