by Workforce Group

NEBOSH International General Certificate

Where will the NEBOSH International Certificate course take me?

The NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC) in Occupational Health and Safety is an internationally recognised qualification that will provide you with a broad understanding of key health and safety issues. The IGC is NEBOSH’s most popular qualification worldwide and is, for many, the first step in building a successful and rewarding career in health and safety.

Course information

The IGC syllabus takes a risk management approach based on best practice and international standards, such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) codes of practice. Local laws and cultural factors form part of the study programme where relevant and appropriate.

The course covers:

  • the principles relating to health and safety
  • identification and control of workplace hazards
  • the practical application of this knowledge

The course divided into 3 units, each of which is assessed separately on 1 additional exam day:

IGC1 – Management of international health and safety

GC2 – Control of international workplace hazards

GC3 – International health and safety practical application

NEBOSH International General Certificate Syllabus

The NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC) in Occupational Health and Safety is an internationally-recognised qualification that will provide you with a broad understanding of key health and safety issues. The NEBOSH IGC is also suitable for those embarking on a career in health and safety, offering a solid platform on which to progress to either of the NEBOSH Diploma courses. No prior health and safety knowledge is needed.

Overall Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Identify workplace hazards and offer advice on corrective and preventative measurements.
  • Understand the role and objectives of the International Labour Organisation
  • Plan and implement an effective health & safety policy
  • Influence behavior to create a positive health & safety culture throughout an organisation
  • Undertake risk assessments and accident investigations and recommend suitable action
  • Undertake a health & safety audit

Unit IGC1: Management of International Health & Safety

Element 1: Foundations in Health and Safety

  • The basis of occupational health and safety and the barriers to good standards.
  • The moral, social and economic drivers for ensuring health and safety in the workplace, including; economic climate, globalisation, migrant workers, compensation claims and insured/uninsured costs.
  • The role and objectives of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and International Labour Standards and the levels of legal duties.

Element 2: Health and Safety Management Systems – Plan

  • The key elements of Safety management systems; Plan-Do-Check-Act, ILO-OSH and OHSAS18001.
  • The purpose and features of an effective health and safety policy and the areas of business it influences.

Element 3: Health and Safety Management Systems – Do

  • The main roles responsible for managing health and safety and their specific duties.
  • Managing contractors.
  • The key aspects of creating a positive health and safety culture and its significance in the management of health and safety.
  • The organisational, individual and job factors that influence health and safety behaviour.
  • The processes and programmes that can influence a positive change in behaviour at work.
  • The principles and practice of risk assessments.
  • The levels and principles of health and safety control measures.
  • The process for setting a Safe System of Work in a range of working environments.
  • The role and function of a Permit-To-Work system.
  • The provision and features of various Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Emergency procedures and the provision of First Aid in the workplace.

Element 4: Health and Safety Management Systems ­- Check

  • The features and role of active and reactive monitoring systems.
  • The purpose and procedures for investigating, recording and reporting incidents.

Element 5: Health and Safety Management Systems – Act

  • The principles of internal and external audits.
  • The purpose and procedure for performing a health and safety review.


Unit GC2: Control of workplace hazards

Element 1: Workplace Hazards and Risk Control

  • The Health, Welfare and Work Environment requirements of a workplace.
  • The Prevention of falling materials through safe stacking and storage.
  • The risks associated with violence and substance misuse at work and the procedures needed to effectively control it.
  • The hazards and controls for safe movement of people, working at height, excavations and temporary works.

Element 2: Transport Hazards and Risk Control

  • The hazards and controls for safe workplace transport operations including non-movement related workplace transport hazards.
  • The risk assessment process for driving at work.

Element 3: Musculoskeletal Hazards and Risk Control

  • Risks and controls of work-related upper limb disorders (WRULD’s).
  • Risks and controls of display screen equipment (DSE).
  • Risks and controls of manual handling activities including manually operated and powered load handling equipment.


Element 4: Work Equipment Hazards and Risk Control

  • General requirements for work equipment.
  • Risks and controls of hand-held tools and mechanical and non-mechanical machinery.

Element 5: Electrical Safety

  • The use of electricity and high risks associated with electricity at work.
  • The duties for controlling the risks of working with electricity.
  • The risk assessment process for work with electricity.

Element 6: Fire Safety

  • The initiation, classification and spread of fires.
  • The fire risk assessment process and fire prevention methods.
  • The principles and use of fire alarm systems and fire-fighting equipment.
  • The evacuation of a workplace in the event of a fire.

Element 7: Chemical and Biological Health Hazards and Risk Control

  • The forms, classification and health risks from exposure to hazardous substances.
  • The key elements of a risk assessment of hazardous substances.
  • Control measures of hazardous substances, including occupational exposure limits.
  • The use and control of common workplace agents; Asbestos, Silica, Wood dust, Blood Borne Viruses, (BBV’s), Legionella, Cement dust and Carbon Monoxide.
  • The legal responsibilities when storing and handling waste.

Element 8: Physical and Psychological Health Hazards and Risk Control

  • The principles, health effects and controls of various health hazards; noise, vibration and radiation.
  • The importance of managing stress at work.

Unit GC3: Health and safety practical application

  • 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