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    NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health

    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.

    Week 1 - Day 1 ( IG-1)

    Session 1 - 1.1. CourseIntroduction
    • Introductions
    • Housekeeping
    • Introduction to course
    • Syllabus and assessments
    • Why WeShould Manage Workplace Health and Safety
    Session 2 - 2.1. Moral and Money - continued Morals and Money
    • The Scale of the Problem
    • Moral Expectations
    • TheBusiness Case for Health and Safety
    • Insured and Uninsured Costs
    2.2. Regulating Health and Safety
    • The role of the ILO
    • Conventions and Recommendations
    • C155and R164
    Session 3 - 3.1.Regulating Health and Safety - continued
    • Consequences of non-compliance
    • Otherinternational standards
    • 3.2. Who Does What in Organisations
    • Role of Directors and senior managers
    • Demonstrating commitment
    • Sharedpremises
    Session 4 – 4.1. WhoDoes What in Organisations – continued
    • Shared Duties
    • The Selection of Contractors
    • Planning and Control of Contractors
    • End ofModule 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. Overviewof previous day training
    • 9.2. Human Factors InfluencingSafety-Related Behavior
    • Individual, Job, and Organizational Factors
    • Organizational Factors
    • Job Factors
    • IndividualFactors
    • Group Exercise

     Session 10 - 10.1. Risk Assessment
    • Definitions
    • Risk Profiling
    • GroupExercise
    10.2. Consider a specific hazard and discuss in groups thedifference between the:
    • Hazardous properties of theactivity, article, or substance
    • The risk of harm occurring
    • Risk Assessment
    • Objectives of Risk Assessment
    • Criteria for a Suitable and SufficientAssessment
    • 5 steps starting with – Identifying Hazards
    • Identifying the People at Risk
    • Evaluating the Risk and Deciding onPrecautions     
    Session11 - 11.1. Risk Assessment – continued
    • Group Exercise
    • Discuss the benefits andlimitations 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
    • Reviewof change
    11.2. Management of Change          
    • Examples of changes and their impacts
    • Management principles
    • Reviewof 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 andAssessing Risks
    • Introducing Controls and FormulatingProcedures
    • Instructionand Training in the Operation of the System
    • Monitoring the System
    • Group Exercise
    • End ofsession summary and close

    Day 4

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

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

     Session 14 - 14.1. Emergency Procedures and First Aid
    • Group Exercise
    • TheImportance 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 andTours
    • Group Exercise
    • Arrangements for Active Monitoring
    • ReactiveMonitoring
    Session 16 – 16.1. InvestigatingIncidents 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. Overviewof previous day training
    17.2. Investigating Incidents

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

    Session18 - 18.1. Auditing
    • Definition, Scope, and Purpose of Auditing
    • GroupExercise
    18.2. Whatis the difference between an audit and an inspection?
    • The Distinction Between Audits and Inspections
    • The Audit Process from Preparation toFollow-up
    • Group Exercise
    • Discuss advantages and disadvantages of external and internalaudits.
    Session 19 - 19.1.Reviewing Health and Safety Performance
    • Purpose of Regular Reviews
    • Group Exercise
    • Performance Indicators
    • Continual Improvement
    Session 20 - 20.1. Revisionand 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. Overviewof previous day training
     5.2. Work-Related Upper LimbDisorders

    • 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 aforklift 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 ModuleExercise
    Session 8 – 8.1. Forms of, classification of, andhealth risks from hazardous substances
    • Forms of chemical agents
    • Forms of biological agents
    • Acute and chronic health effects
    • The main classification of substances hazardous tohealth
    • Group Exercise
    8.2. Howcan 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. Overviewof previous day training

    9.2. Occupational exposurelimits

    • Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs)/Workplace Exposure Limits (WELS)
    • Short-termand 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
    Session10 - 10.1. The Practical Assessment – Risk Assessment (Part 2)
    • Continuewith the briefing started yesterday on the Form 2 risk assessment
    • Focuson the last 3 columns - further actions required, timescales andresponsibilities
    • Case Study Exercise 3
    • Brief learners in Exercise 3
    • Allow learners to carry out exercise using the first three columns ofthe Part 2 Form
    • Review and feedbackusing 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
    Session11 - 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 thecontrol measures
    • Endof session summary and close

    Day 9

    Session 13 - 13.1. Overviewof 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 ofinjury by vehicles
    Session 14 - 14.1. Safe Movement of People and Vehiclesin The Workplace
    • Typical risksrelating to vehicle movements
    • Group Exercise
    • Forklift trucks; risk factors; non-movement related hazards
    • Control measures for safe workplace transportoperations
    14.2. Driving for Work
    •  Managingwork-related road safety
    • Risk assessment– factors associated with driving at work that increases the risk
    • Evaluatingthe risks
    • Controlmeasures
    • Hazards of hybrid/ electric vehicles
    Session 15 - 15.1. General Requirements for WorkEquipment
    • 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 prioritieswith justification
    • Case study Exercise
    15.2. Hand-held tools
    • Hazards andmisuse of hand-held tools
    • GroupExercise
    • Hazards ofportable power tools and the means of control
    Session 16 – 16.1. Machinery Hazards Function ofInvestigations
    • 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 ofsession 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. FirePrevention and Prevention of Fire Spread
    • control measures to minimize the risk of fire in a workplace
    • Storage of flammable liquids in workrooms andother locations
    • GroupExercise
    • Structural measures for preventing the spread of fire and smoke
    • Use of electrical equipment inflammableatmospheres   
    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. FireEvacuation
    • Means of escape; emergency evacuation procedures
    • Role andappointment of fire marshals
    • Fire drills;roll call; provisions for people with disabilities
    • Building plans to include the record of emergencyescape.
    • ThePractical Assessment – Review, communicate, and check
    • Case study Exercise
    19.2. Principles, Hazards andRisks of Electricity
    • Briefly introduce the principles
    • Explain the hazards and risks
    • Dangerous activities  
    Session 20 - 20.1. ControlMeasures
    • Protection ofconductors
    • Group Exercise
    • Strength and capability of equipment
    • Advantages and limitations of protective systems use of competentpersons
    • Use of safe systems of work
    • Emergency procedures following an electrical incident inspection andmaintenance strategies
    • User checks and PAT
    20.2. Final Briefing onPractical Assessment
    • Finalchecks (refer to NEBOSH checklist)
    • Submissionof the assessment
    • Introduce and discuss the official NEBOSHexample practical assessment
    • Reviewof the week
    • Endof 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

    • Why we should manage workplace health and safety
    • How health and safety management systems work and what they look like
    • Managing risk – understanding people and processes
    • Health and Safety Monitoring and Measuring
    • Physical and Psychological Health
    • Musculoskeletal Health
    • Chemical and Biological Agents
    • General Workplace Issues
    • Work Equipment Hazard and Risk Control
    • Fire
    • Electerical Safety

    • Basic Recommended minimum standards of English Equivalent to an International English Language Testing System score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests
    • 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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