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Syllabus summary –
International General Certificate
in Occupational Health and Safety
January 2013
Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and
Safety (January 2013 specification)
© NEBOSH 2013 1
Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General
Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (January
2013 specification)
Structure
The syllabus is divided into 3 units. Unit IGC1 is further divided into five elements and Unit
GC2 into eight elements.
Unit IGC1: Management of international health and safety
Element
Number
Element Title
Recom-
mended
hours
Page
1 Foundations in health and safety 6 4
2
Health and safety management
systems - Policy
4 4
3
Health and safety management
systems - Organising
6 5
4
Health and safety management
systems – Planning
11 5
5
Health and safety management
systems - Measuring, audit and
review
9 6
Minimum unit tuition time 36
Recommended private study
time 23
Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and
Safety (January 2013 specification)
© NEBOSH 2013 2
Unit GC2: Control of workplace hazards
Element
Number
Element Title
Recom-
mended
hours
Page
1
Workplace hazards and risk
control
8 7
2 Transport hazards and risk control 4 7
3
Musculoskeletal hazards and risk
control
6 8
4
Work equipment hazards and risk
control
6 8
5 Electrical safety 3 9
6 Fire safety 6 9
7
Chemical and biological health
hazards and risk control
6 10
8
Physical and psychological health
hazards and risk control
3 10
Minimum unit tuition time 42
Recommended private study
time 26
Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and
Safety (January 2013 specification)
© NEBOSH 2013 3
Unit GC3: Health and safety practical application
Element
Number
Element Title
Recom-
mended
Hours
Page
1
Health and safety practical
application
2 11
Minimum unit tuition time 2
Recommended private study
time
4
Minimum total tuition time 80
Recommended total private
study time
53
Total overall hours 133
Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and
Safety (January 2013 specification)
© NEBOSH 2013 4
Unit IGC1: Management of international health and
safety
Element 1: Foundations in health and safety
Learning outcomes
On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of
the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In
particular they should be able to:
 Outline the scope and nature of occupational health and safety
 Explain the moral, social and economic reasons for maintaining and promoting good
standards of health and safety in the workplace
 Explain the role of national governments and international bodies in formulating a
framework for the regulation of health and safety.
Recommended tuition time not less than 6 hours
Element 2: Health and safety management systems 1 - Policy
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of
the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In
particular they should be able to:
 Outline the key elements of a health and safety management system
 Explain the purpose and importance of setting policy for health and safety
 Describe the key features and appropriate content of an effective health and safety
policy.
Recommended tuition time not less than 4 hours
Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and
Safety (January 2013 specification)
© NEBOSH 2013 5
Element 3: Health and safety management systems 2 -
Organising
Learning outcomes
On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of
the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In
particular they should be able to:
 Outline the health and safety roles and responsibilities of employers, managers,
supervisors, workers and other relevant parties
 Explain the concept of health and safety culture and its significance in the
management of health and safety in an organisation
 Outline the human factors which influence behaviour at work in a way that can affect
health and safety
 Explain how health and safety behaviour at work can be improved
 Outline the need for emergency procedures and the arrangements for contacting
emergency services.
Recommended tuition time not less than 6 hours
Element 4: Health and safety management systems 3 -
Planning
Learning outcomes
On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of
the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In
particular they should be able to:
 Explain the importance of planning in the context of health and safety management
systems
 Explain the principles and practice of risk assessment
 Explain the general principles of control and a basic hierarchy of risk reduction
measures
 Identify the key sources of health and safety information
 Explain what factors should be considered when developing and implementing a safe
system of work for general activities
 Explain the role and function of a permit-to-work system.
Recommended tuition time not less than 11 hours
Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and
Safety (January 2013 specification)
© NEBOSH 2013 6
Element 5: Health and safety management systems 4 -
Measuring, audit and review
Learning outcomes
On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of
the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In
particular they should be able to:
 Outline the principles, purpose and role of active and reactive monitoring
 Explain the purpose of, and procedures, for health and safety auditing
 Explain the purpose of, and procedures for, investigating incidents (accidents, cases
of work-related ill-health and other occurrences)
 Describe the legal and organisational requirements for recording and reporting
incidents
 Explain the purpose of, and procedures for, regular reviews of health and safety
performance.
Recommended tuition time not less than 9 hours
Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and
Safety (January 2013 specification)
© NEBOSH 2013 7
Unit GC2: Control of workplace hazards
Element 1: Workplace hazards and risk control
Learning outcomes
On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of
the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In
particular they should be able to:
 Outline common health, welfare and work environment requirements in the
workplace
 Explain the risk factors and appropriate controls for violence at work
 Explain the effects of substance misuse on health and safety at work and control
measures to reduce such risks
 Explain the hazards and control measures for the safe movement of people in the
workplace
 Explain the hazards and control measures for safe working at height
 Outline the hazards and control measures for temporary works.
Recommended tuition time not less than 8 hours
Element 2: Transport hazards and risk control
Learning outcomes
On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of
the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In
particular they should be able to:
 Explain the hazards and control measures for the safe movement of vehicles in the
workplace
 Outline the factors associated with driving at work that increases the risk of an
incident and the control measures to reduce work-related driving risks.
Recommended tuition time not less than 4 hours
Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and
Safety (January 2013 specification)
© NEBOSH 2013 8
Element 3: Musculoskeletal hazards and risk control
Learning outcomes
On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of
the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In
particular they should be able to:
 Explain work processes and practices that may give rise to work-related upper limb
disorders and appropriate control measures
 Explain the hazards and control measures which should be considered when
assessing risks from manual handling activities
 Explain the hazards and controls to reduce the risk in the use of lifting and moving
equipment with specific reference to manually-operated load moving equipment
 Explain the hazards and the precautions and procedures to reduce the risk in the use
of lifting and moving equipment with specific reference to powered load handling
equipment.
Recommended tuition time not less than 6 hours
Element 4: Work equipment hazards and risk control
Learning outcomes
On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of
the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In
particular they should be able to:
 Outline general requirements for work equipment
 Explain the hazards and controls for hand-held tools
 Describe the main mechanical and non-mechanical hazards of machinery
 Explain the main control methods for reducing risk from machinery hazards.
Recommended tuition time not less than 6 hours
Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and
Safety (January 2013 specification)
© NEBOSH 2013 9
Element 5: Electrical safety
Learning outcomes
On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of
the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In
particular they should be able to:
 Outline the principles, hazards and risks associated with the use of electricity in the
workplace
 Outline the control measures that should be taken when working with electrical
systems or using electrical equipment in all normal workplace conditions.
Recommended tuition time not less than 3 hours
Element 6: Fire safety
Learning outcomes
On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of
the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In
particular they should be able to:
 Describe the principles of fire initiation, classification and spread
 Outline the principles of fire risk assessment
 Describe the basic principles of fire prevention and the prevention of fire spread in
buildings
 Outline the appropriate fire alarm system and fire-fighting arrangements for a simple
workplace
 Outline the factors which should be considered when implementing a successful
evacuation of a workplace in the event of a fire.
Recommended tuition time not less than 6 hours
Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and
Safety (January 2013 specification)
© NEBOSH 2013 10
Element 7: Chemical and biological health hazards and risk
control
Learning outcomes
On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of
the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In
particular they should be able to:
 Outline the forms of, the classification of, and health risks from exposure to
hazardous substances
 Explain the factors to be considered when undertaking an assessment of the health
risks from substances commonly encountered in the workplace
 Describe the use and limitations of occupational exposure limits including the
purpose of long term and short term exposure limits
 Outline control measures that should be used to reduce the risk of ill-health from
exposure to hazardous substances
 Outline the hazards, risks and controls associated with specific agents
 Outline the basic requirements related to the safe handling and storage of waste.
Recommended tuition time not less than 6 hours
Element 8: Physical and psychological health hazards and risk
control
Learning outcomes
On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of
the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In
particular they should be able to:
 Outline the health effects associated with exposure to noise and appropriate control
measures
 Outline the health effects associated with exposure to vibration and appropriate
control measures
 Outline the principal health effects associated with ionising and non-ionising radiation
and basic protection techniques
 Outline the meaning, causes and effects of work-related stress and appropriate
control actions.
Recommended tuition time not less than 3 hours
Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and
Safety (January 2013 specification)
© NEBOSH 2013 11
Unit GC3: Health and safety practical application
Learning outcomes
 Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of the unit IGC1 and GC2 syllabus, by
successful completion of a health and safety inspection of a workplace
 Complete a report to management regarding the inspection with recommendations.
Content
This unit contains no additional syllabus content. However, completion of study for unit
IGC1 and GC2 is recommended in order to undertake the practical application unit GC3.
Link to examination unit(s)
Unit GC3 is not normally offered independently of the taught elements. Students will
normally be required to complete the GC3 assessment within 10 working days (before or
after) of sitting the examination for Units IGC1 and/or GC2.
Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and
Safety (January 2013 specification)
© NEBOSH 2013 12
Unit Assessment
Units IGC1 and GC2 are taught units each assessed by one two-hour written examination.
Each examination consists of ten ‘short-answer’ questions and one ‘long-answer’ question.
All questions are compulsory. Candidate scripts are marked by external examiners
appointed by NEBOSH.
Unit GC3 is assessed by a practical assessment; the time to complete the assessment is not
restricted but candidates should aim to complete the inspection and the report within two
hours. This is held on a date set by the course provider and must be taken within 10 working
days of a written examination. The practical assessment is internally assessed by the
course provider and externally moderated by NEBOSH.
Further details
The full syllabus and further information regarding the practical unit is available in the
NEBOSH Guide to the qualification available for purchase via the NEBOSH website
(www.nebosh.org.uk).
NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
Version: 2
Specification date: January 2013
Syllabus summary publication date: October 2013
The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH),
Dominus Way, Meridian Business Park, Leicester LE19 1QW.
Registered Charity Number: 1010444
Telephone: +44 (0) 116 263 4700
Fax: +44 (0) 116 282 4000
Email: info@nebosh.org.uk
Website: www.nebosh.org.uk
IGC SS171013

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NEBOSH -INTERNATIONAL GENERAL CERTIFICATE IN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH

  • 1. Syllabus summary – International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety January 2013
  • 2. Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (January 2013 specification) © NEBOSH 2013 1 Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (January 2013 specification) Structure The syllabus is divided into 3 units. Unit IGC1 is further divided into five elements and Unit GC2 into eight elements. Unit IGC1: Management of international health and safety Element Number Element Title Recom- mended hours Page 1 Foundations in health and safety 6 4 2 Health and safety management systems - Policy 4 4 3 Health and safety management systems - Organising 6 5 4 Health and safety management systems – Planning 11 5 5 Health and safety management systems - Measuring, audit and review 9 6 Minimum unit tuition time 36 Recommended private study time 23
  • 3. Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (January 2013 specification) © NEBOSH 2013 2 Unit GC2: Control of workplace hazards Element Number Element Title Recom- mended hours Page 1 Workplace hazards and risk control 8 7 2 Transport hazards and risk control 4 7 3 Musculoskeletal hazards and risk control 6 8 4 Work equipment hazards and risk control 6 8 5 Electrical safety 3 9 6 Fire safety 6 9 7 Chemical and biological health hazards and risk control 6 10 8 Physical and psychological health hazards and risk control 3 10 Minimum unit tuition time 42 Recommended private study time 26
  • 4. Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (January 2013 specification) © NEBOSH 2013 3 Unit GC3: Health and safety practical application Element Number Element Title Recom- mended Hours Page 1 Health and safety practical application 2 11 Minimum unit tuition time 2 Recommended private study time 4 Minimum total tuition time 80 Recommended total private study time 53 Total overall hours 133
  • 5. Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (January 2013 specification) © NEBOSH 2013 4 Unit IGC1: Management of international health and safety Element 1: Foundations in health and safety Learning outcomes On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In particular they should be able to:  Outline the scope and nature of occupational health and safety  Explain the moral, social and economic reasons for maintaining and promoting good standards of health and safety in the workplace  Explain the role of national governments and international bodies in formulating a framework for the regulation of health and safety. Recommended tuition time not less than 6 hours Element 2: Health and safety management systems 1 - Policy Learning Outcomes On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In particular they should be able to:  Outline the key elements of a health and safety management system  Explain the purpose and importance of setting policy for health and safety  Describe the key features and appropriate content of an effective health and safety policy. Recommended tuition time not less than 4 hours
  • 6. Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (January 2013 specification) © NEBOSH 2013 5 Element 3: Health and safety management systems 2 - Organising Learning outcomes On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In particular they should be able to:  Outline the health and safety roles and responsibilities of employers, managers, supervisors, workers and other relevant parties  Explain the concept of health and safety culture and its significance in the management of health and safety in an organisation  Outline the human factors which influence behaviour at work in a way that can affect health and safety  Explain how health and safety behaviour at work can be improved  Outline the need for emergency procedures and the arrangements for contacting emergency services. Recommended tuition time not less than 6 hours Element 4: Health and safety management systems 3 - Planning Learning outcomes On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In particular they should be able to:  Explain the importance of planning in the context of health and safety management systems  Explain the principles and practice of risk assessment  Explain the general principles of control and a basic hierarchy of risk reduction measures  Identify the key sources of health and safety information  Explain what factors should be considered when developing and implementing a safe system of work for general activities  Explain the role and function of a permit-to-work system. Recommended tuition time not less than 11 hours
  • 7. Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (January 2013 specification) © NEBOSH 2013 6 Element 5: Health and safety management systems 4 - Measuring, audit and review Learning outcomes On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In particular they should be able to:  Outline the principles, purpose and role of active and reactive monitoring  Explain the purpose of, and procedures, for health and safety auditing  Explain the purpose of, and procedures for, investigating incidents (accidents, cases of work-related ill-health and other occurrences)  Describe the legal and organisational requirements for recording and reporting incidents  Explain the purpose of, and procedures for, regular reviews of health and safety performance. Recommended tuition time not less than 9 hours
  • 8. Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (January 2013 specification) © NEBOSH 2013 7 Unit GC2: Control of workplace hazards Element 1: Workplace hazards and risk control Learning outcomes On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In particular they should be able to:  Outline common health, welfare and work environment requirements in the workplace  Explain the risk factors and appropriate controls for violence at work  Explain the effects of substance misuse on health and safety at work and control measures to reduce such risks  Explain the hazards and control measures for the safe movement of people in the workplace  Explain the hazards and control measures for safe working at height  Outline the hazards and control measures for temporary works. Recommended tuition time not less than 8 hours Element 2: Transport hazards and risk control Learning outcomes On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In particular they should be able to:  Explain the hazards and control measures for the safe movement of vehicles in the workplace  Outline the factors associated with driving at work that increases the risk of an incident and the control measures to reduce work-related driving risks. Recommended tuition time not less than 4 hours
  • 9. Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (January 2013 specification) © NEBOSH 2013 8 Element 3: Musculoskeletal hazards and risk control Learning outcomes On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In particular they should be able to:  Explain work processes and practices that may give rise to work-related upper limb disorders and appropriate control measures  Explain the hazards and control measures which should be considered when assessing risks from manual handling activities  Explain the hazards and controls to reduce the risk in the use of lifting and moving equipment with specific reference to manually-operated load moving equipment  Explain the hazards and the precautions and procedures to reduce the risk in the use of lifting and moving equipment with specific reference to powered load handling equipment. Recommended tuition time not less than 6 hours Element 4: Work equipment hazards and risk control Learning outcomes On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In particular they should be able to:  Outline general requirements for work equipment  Explain the hazards and controls for hand-held tools  Describe the main mechanical and non-mechanical hazards of machinery  Explain the main control methods for reducing risk from machinery hazards. Recommended tuition time not less than 6 hours
  • 10. Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (January 2013 specification) © NEBOSH 2013 9 Element 5: Electrical safety Learning outcomes On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In particular they should be able to:  Outline the principles, hazards and risks associated with the use of electricity in the workplace  Outline the control measures that should be taken when working with electrical systems or using electrical equipment in all normal workplace conditions. Recommended tuition time not less than 3 hours Element 6: Fire safety Learning outcomes On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In particular they should be able to:  Describe the principles of fire initiation, classification and spread  Outline the principles of fire risk assessment  Describe the basic principles of fire prevention and the prevention of fire spread in buildings  Outline the appropriate fire alarm system and fire-fighting arrangements for a simple workplace  Outline the factors which should be considered when implementing a successful evacuation of a workplace in the event of a fire. Recommended tuition time not less than 6 hours
  • 11. Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (January 2013 specification) © NEBOSH 2013 10 Element 7: Chemical and biological health hazards and risk control Learning outcomes On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In particular they should be able to:  Outline the forms of, the classification of, and health risks from exposure to hazardous substances  Explain the factors to be considered when undertaking an assessment of the health risks from substances commonly encountered in the workplace  Describe the use and limitations of occupational exposure limits including the purpose of long term and short term exposure limits  Outline control measures that should be used to reduce the risk of ill-health from exposure to hazardous substances  Outline the hazards, risks and controls associated with specific agents  Outline the basic requirements related to the safe handling and storage of waste. Recommended tuition time not less than 6 hours Element 8: Physical and psychological health hazards and risk control Learning outcomes On completion of this element, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In particular they should be able to:  Outline the health effects associated with exposure to noise and appropriate control measures  Outline the health effects associated with exposure to vibration and appropriate control measures  Outline the principal health effects associated with ionising and non-ionising radiation and basic protection techniques  Outline the meaning, causes and effects of work-related stress and appropriate control actions. Recommended tuition time not less than 3 hours
  • 12. Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (January 2013 specification) © NEBOSH 2013 11 Unit GC3: Health and safety practical application Learning outcomes  Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of the unit IGC1 and GC2 syllabus, by successful completion of a health and safety inspection of a workplace  Complete a report to management regarding the inspection with recommendations. Content This unit contains no additional syllabus content. However, completion of study for unit IGC1 and GC2 is recommended in order to undertake the practical application unit GC3. Link to examination unit(s) Unit GC3 is not normally offered independently of the taught elements. Students will normally be required to complete the GC3 assessment within 10 working days (before or after) of sitting the examination for Units IGC1 and/or GC2.
  • 13. Syllabus summary - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (January 2013 specification) © NEBOSH 2013 12 Unit Assessment Units IGC1 and GC2 are taught units each assessed by one two-hour written examination. Each examination consists of ten ‘short-answer’ questions and one ‘long-answer’ question. All questions are compulsory. Candidate scripts are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH. Unit GC3 is assessed by a practical assessment; the time to complete the assessment is not restricted but candidates should aim to complete the inspection and the report within two hours. This is held on a date set by the course provider and must be taken within 10 working days of a written examination. The practical assessment is internally assessed by the course provider and externally moderated by NEBOSH. Further details The full syllabus and further information regarding the practical unit is available in the NEBOSH Guide to the qualification available for purchase via the NEBOSH website (www.nebosh.org.uk). NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Version: 2 Specification date: January 2013 Syllabus summary publication date: October 2013 The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), Dominus Way, Meridian Business Park, Leicester LE19 1QW. Registered Charity Number: 1010444 Telephone: +44 (0) 116 263 4700 Fax: +44 (0) 116 282 4000 Email: info@nebosh.org.uk Website: www.nebosh.org.uk IGC SS171013