In its aim to uplift the standards of practice in occupational safety and health, the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) has developed certificate-level qualifications that employees, employers and the entire industry can refer to.
Receiving NEBOSH’s certificate-level qualifications allows staff, supervisors and managers to:
– Revitalise and level up their day-to-day risk management skills
– Complete a key requirement for many sought-after positions
– Boost their qualifications for promotions and other career opportunities
– Apply best practices at work and share their knowledge to benefit their organisations, their industries and communities
At the same time, organisations with NEBOSH-qualified employees can expect the following benefits:
– Increased safety in the workplace and reduced work-related injury, illness, accidents and death
– Improved business reputation from elevated safety standards
– Reduced risk of legal problems as well as profit and reputation loss
– ROI from increased employee productivity and performance
The NEBOSH estimates that over 35,000 individuals coming from all types of industries and organisations take their certificate courses every year. But the two most in-demand courses in this track are the NEBOSH International General Certificate and NEBOSH National General Certificate.
The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Course is designed to equip students with a basic understanding of health and safety principles and issues in the workplace. Staff members, supervisors and managers can take this course. Since the certificate addresses local needs and practices, it is highly helpful and relevant to employees of organisations in the U.K.
Meanwhile, the NEBOSH International General Certificate Course, as the name describes, is more suited for professionals working for multinational companies as well as organisations with branches and operations overseas. It is a must for managers, supervisors and workers wanting to have skills and training that are at par with international health and safety standards. Many training providers offer the International Certificate in various languages.
Thus, the main difference between these two is the scope of legal requirements. The National Certificate is naturally rooted in the established legal frameworks in the U.K. and uses updated British health and safety management standards. Meanwhile, the International Certificate has a greater focus on requirements that can be applied in the international context, aligned with the guidelines set by the International Labour Organisation.
Both the NEBOSH International General Certificate and the NEBOSH National General Certificate can be taken through traditional, classroom-based classes or through online classes. The courses are also designed to be modular, allowing students and employers to establish a training set-up that will be most suitable to their schedule.
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