NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

The NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety is based on international standards and best practice and is essential for anyone working in or wanting to work in health and safety within the construction industry. Respected internationally by employers, this is a vital qualification for those wanting to complete their day to day activities with confidence.

Work in the construction industry can be a very rewarding profession. The world economy is heavily influenced by construction activities and almost everyone has some involvement in construction work during their lifetime. Nevertheless construction remains a very hazardous industry that accounts for a large number of accidents each year.

The NEBOSH International Construction Certificate is a specialist professional qualification that allows individuals to gain a good grounding in construction related health and safety and satisfy employers that they are up to the job.

What kind of people will take the NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety?

The International Construction Certificate is designed for supervisors and managers within the international construction industry and is designed to provide a sound breadth of underpinning knowledge that enables them to discharge more effectively their duties with respect to health and safety in construction activities.

People from across the world who work in construction, civil engineering, utilities and more, and who need the right level of skills and knowledge to fulfil their health and safety responsibilities.

Course Content

The NEBOSH International Construction Certificate is based on international standards and best practice.  It is made up of three units which must be successfully completed within five years to achieve the NEB0SH International Construction Certificate qualification:

Unit IGC1: Management of international health and safety

Unit IGC1 is a taught unit divided into five elements following a plan-do-check-act structure:

1. Foundations in health and safety

Learning Outcomes

  • 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

2. Health and safety management systems – Plan

Learning Outcomes

  • 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

3. Health and safety management systems – Do

Learning Outcomes

  • Outline the health and safety roles and responsibilities of employers, directors, 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
  • Explain the principles and practice of risk assessment
  • Explain the preventive and protective 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
  • Outline the need for emergency procedures and the arrangements for contacting emergency services
  • Outline the requirements for, and effective provision of, first aid in the workplace

4. Health and safety management systems – Check

Learning Outcomes

  • Outline the principles, purpose and role of active and reactive monitoring
  • 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

5. Health and safety management systems 4 – Act

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the purpose of, and procedures, for health and safety auditing
  • Explain the purpose of, and procedures for, regular reviews of health and safety performance.

IGC1 is assessed by a two-hour written examination consisting of ten ‘short-answer’ questions (worth 8 marks each) and one ‘long-answer’ question ( worth 20 marks).

Unit ICC1: Managing and controlling hazards in international construction activities

Unit IGC1 is a taught unit divided into five elements:

1. Construction management

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the scope, definition and particular issues relating to construction activities
  • Outline the ethical and financial reasons for managing health and safety within the construction industry
  • Outline key aspects for the successful management of safe construction activities
  • Identify the nature and main sources of external construction health and safety information

2. Construction site – hazards and risk control

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the factors which should be considered when carrying out an initial assessment of a site to identify significant hazards and their risks
  • Explain the appropriate general site control measures needed in setting up and organising a site
  • Identify the welfare facilities required on construction sites
  • Explain the hazards and appropriate control measures for violence at work
  • Explain the hazards of substance misuse on health and safety at work and control measures
  • Explain the hazards associated with the movement of people on construction sites and the control measures for pedestrians

3. Vehicle and plant movement – hazards and risk control

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the hazards and control measures for the safe movement of vehicles and plant within a construction environment, including when using public highways as a workplace
  • Outline the factors associated with driving at work that increase the risk of an incident and the control measures to reduce work-related driving risks

4. Musculoskeletal – hazards and control

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain work processes and practices that may give rise to musculoskeletal hazards and the appropriate control measures
  • Explain the hazards and control measures which should be considered when assessing risks from manual handling activities
  • Explain the hazards and control measures to reduce the risk in the use of lifting and moving equipment with specific reference to manual and mechanically operated load moving equipment

5. Work equipment – hazards and risk control

Learning Outcomes

  • Outline general requirements for work equipment
  • Outline the hazards and control measures for hand-held tools, both powered and non-powered
  • Describe the main mechanical and non-mechanical hazards of machinery
  • Explain the main control measures for reducing risk from common construction machinery hazards

6. Electrical safety

Learning Outcomes

  • Outline the principal 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
  • Outline the control measures to be taken when working near or underneath overhead power lines

7. Fire Safety

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the principles of fire initiation, classification and spread and the additional fire risks caused by construction activities in an existing workplace
  • Outline the principles of fire risk assessment
  • Outline the principles of fire prevention and the prevention of fire spread in buildings
  • Identify the appropriate fire alarm systems and fire-fighting equipment for construction activities
  • Outline the requirements for an adequate and properly maintained means of escape in a construction workplace
  • Outline the factors which should be considered when implementing a successful evacuation of a construction workplace in the event of a fire

8. Chemical and biological health – hazards and risk control

Learning Outcomes

  • Outline the forms of, and classification of, and the health risks from exposure to, hazardous substances
  • Explain the factors to be considered when undertaking an assessment of the health risks from substances encountered in construction workplaces
  • Explain 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 on construction sites

9. Physical and psychological health – hazards and risk control

Learning Outcomes

  • 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 health effects associated with ionising and non-ionising radiation and the appropriate control measures
  • Outline the causes and effects of stress at work and appropriate control measures

10. Working at height – hazards and risk control

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the hazards and risks of working at height and the general requirements necessary to control them
  • Explain safe working practices for access equipment and roof work
  • Outline the control measures necessary to protect other persons not involved in the work at height
  • Outline the particular control measures to reduce risk when working over or near to water

11. Excavation work and confined spaces – hazards and risk control

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the hazards and risk assessment of excavation work
  • Explain the control measures for excavation work
  • Explain the hazards associated with confined space working
  • Outline the control measures for confined space working

12. Demolition and deconstruction – hazards and risk control

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the main hazards of demolition and deconstruction work
  • Outline the control measures for demolition and deconstruction work
  • Identify the purpose and scope of a pre-demolition, de-construction, refurbishment survey
  • Outline the main control measures that a demolition/refurbishment method statement should include

Unit ICC1 is assessed by a two-hour written examination.

Unit ICC2: International construction health and safety practical application

Here candidates will be reuired to demonstrate the knowldge and understanding gained in previous units via a practical, report-type submisssion.

Candidtaes will be required to undertake, unaided, a safety inspection of a workplace, in order to identify the more common hazards, decide whether they are adequately controlled and suggest (where necessary)  appropriate control measures.

The report should persuade management to take appropriate action by explaining why the action outlined is needed (referencing, where appropriate, possible breaches of legislation) and identifying, while considering practicability, control measures to implement.

Unit ICC1 is assessed by a practical examination carried out in the candidate’s own place of work no later than 10 working days of the written examination.

What does the course cover?

It covers a broad range of construction hazards and how to control them. It is based on international standards. Local laws and cultural factors may form part of the study programme, where relevant. Crucially, the practical element of the course ensures that participants can carry out, unaided, a safety inspection of a construction workplace and prepare an appropriate report.

What does the qualification cover?

The International Construction Certificate is modelled on the NEBOSH National Construction Certificate (NCC). The key difference between the two qualifications is in the applicability of legal requirements. Specific reference to UK law is replaced with reference to International Labour Organisation Standards.

The syllabus includes:

  • Foundations in health and safety
  • Identifying hazards and principle and practice of risk assessments
  • Principles of control and reducing risk
  • Investigating and recording incidents
  • Management of construction activities
  • Hazards and controls on a construction site
  • Movement of people and vehicles
  • Manual and mechanical handling
  • The control of fire and electrical hazards
  • Working at height
  • Control measures for evacuation at work
  • Confined spaces hazards and risks

Assessment

Units IGC1 and ICC1 of the NEBOSH International Construction Certificate are each assessed by two-hour written examinations. Unit ICC2 is assessed by a two-hour practical assessment carried out on a construction site.

Exams are held in March, June, September and December each year.

Professional Membership

  • Holders of the International Construction Certificateare entitled to Associate Membership (AIOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The qualification also meets the academic requirements for Technical Membership (Tech IOSH) of IOSH and Associate Membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).
  • The NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety meets the headline entrance criteria requirements for Construction Safety Associate membership (AaPS) of the Association for Project Safety (APS).
  • Holders of the NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety meet the headline entrance criteria requirements for Registered Membership (RMaPS) of the Association for Project Safety (APS).
  • The NEBOSH International Construction Certificate has been accredited and credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). It sits in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at SCQF Level 6 with 17 SCQF credit points.SCQF Level 6 is comparable to NQF/QCF Level 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

What will I gain from this qualification?

Knowledge –

Whether health and safety is your main responsibility, or just a part of what you do, the NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety will give you vital knowledge to help you perform better in your role.

Enjoyment –

You’ll enjoy taking the NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety. You’ll discover skills and techniques that are really useful and practical, not just theoretical.

Recognition –

NEBOSH is highly regarded in the construction industry. Our qualifications are what employers seek when it comes to health and safety.

The International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety is accepted by IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) in meeting the academic requirements for Technical Membership of IOSH (Tech IOSH), and the Association for Project Safety (APS) for Construction Safety Associate Membership (AaPS).

Career development –

For some, the International Construction Certificate can be a first step towards a career in health and safety. For others, it forms part of an important set of qualifications which brings them success and advancement in their chosen field.

What will my employer gain from this qualification?

A safer workplace –

Construction work can be very dangerous. Done properly, health and safety protects people from injury and loss of life. People with the NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety know how to help employers avoid prosecution, litigation, absence costs and loss of reputation.

Assurance –

An employer whose staff are NEBOSH qualified is an employer committed to health and safety. The NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction provides an assurance of Safety – something which can help employers achieve recognised standards and can even win new business.

Return on investment – An employee with a NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety has a practical set of skills that brings real value to the modern construction site and other places of work.


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