NEBOSH Award in Health and Safety at Work
The NEBOSH Award in Health and Safety at Work is an introductory international health and safety qualification which will benefit organisations who are seeking to improve their health and safety performance, reduce accidents and achieve cost savings.
It will ensure their workforce, and in particular supervisory staff, can apply the principles of risk assessment and control of common workplace hazards.
The NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work provides both a valuable introduction to health and safety and a foundation for further study.
NEBOSH (The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) offer a comprehensive range of internationally-recognised, vocationally-related qualifications designed to meet the health, safety, environmental and risk management needs of all places of work in both the private and public sectors.
The NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work takes a risk management approach based on best practice and international standards, enabling delegates to identify and deal with hazards at work.
3 days for Unit HSW1 (includes a 1 hour multiple-choice examination on day 3).
Delegates are also required to complete a post-course risk assessment (Unit HSW2).
Who the NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work is for?
The NEBOSH Award in Health and Safety at Work is suitable for anyone who needs to understand the principles of health and safety as part of their job, including team leaders and supervisors, HR professionals, facilities managers and those training young people in a working environment.
There are no specific barriers, in terms of academic qualifications, skills or experience, to entry to the NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work programme.
However, it should be noted that the course is presented and the examination is offered in English only, and that the qualification includes a requirement to complete a risk assessment activity based in the candidate’s own workplace, which must also be in English.
The standard of English required by candidates must be such that they can both understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.
The NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work is divided into 2 Units:
- Unit HSW1 Workplace Safety Foundations
- Unit HSW2 Risk Assessment Activity.
Unit HSW1 – Workplace Safety Foundations
Unit HSW1 is divided into 10 Elements:
Element 1: The foundations of health and safety
Element 2: The responsibility for health and safety
Element 3: Health and safety risk assessment and control
Element 4: Hazards and control associated with work equipment
Element 5: Transport safety
Element 6: Hazards and controls associated with working with electricity
Element 7: Fire safety
Element 8: Hazards and controls associated with manual handling and repetitive movement
Element 9: Hazards and controls associated with hazardous substances
Element 10: Hazards and controls associated with the working environment.
Unit HSW2 – Risk Assessment Activity
Candidates are required to complete a risk assessment activity based in the candidate’s own workplace and return it for marking within 1 week of course completion.
Unit HSW1: Workplace safety foundations is assessed by a one hour multiple choice examination, set by NEBOSH, which consists of forty questions (1 mark each), with one correct and three incorrect responses available per question. The examination paper covers the whole unit syllabus with at least one question per Element and all questions are compulsory. Candidate answers sheets are scanned and marked electronically
Unit HSW2: Risk assessment activity is assessed by a one-hour risk assessment activity carried out in the candidate’s own workplace. The completed HSW2 must be returned for marking within 7 days after completion of the HSW1 multiple choice examination.
The pass standard for each Unit assessment is 60%.
Candidates will need to pass both Units within a two year period to achieve the overall qualification. The two years commence from the result declaration date of the first successful Unit.
Certificates are forwarded by NEBOSH approximately 16 weeks after the completion of the course.