Get Certified with NEBOSH IGC

The NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC) covers the principles relating to health and safety, identification and control of workplace hazards and the practical application of this knowledge. 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 may form part of the study programme where relevant and appropriate.

The qualification also features a practical workplace assessment.

The International General Certificate is divided into three units, each of which is assessed separately:

Management of international health and safety (IGC1)
Control of international workplace hazards (GC2)
International health and safety practical application (GC3)

The NEBOSH International Certificate is made up of three units each with their own exam:

Unit IGC1: Management of International Health and Safety
Foundations in Health and Safety
Health and Safety Management Systems - Plan
Health and Safety Management Systems - Do
Health and Safety Management Systems - Check
Health and Safety Management Systems - Act

Assessed by a 2 hour written exam

Unit GC2: Control of International Workplace Hazards
Workplace Hazards and Risk Control
Transport Hazards and Risk Control
Musculoskeletal Hazards and Risk Control
Work Equipment Hazards and Risk Control
Electrical Safety
Fire Safety
Chemical and Biological Health Hazards and Risk Control
Physical and Psychological Health Hazards and Risk Control

Assessed by a 2 hour written exam

Unit GC3: Health and Safety Practical Application

Assessed by a work based practical assessment

Occupational illnesses guidelines

The Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines for Farming Operations in Ontario were developed to highlight specific, and sometimes unique and unusual hazards on farms. They were jointly prepared by representatives of the farming community, the Farm Safety Association (now Workplace Safety and Prevention Services), the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Labour.

The purpose of the guidelines is to help employers, supervisors and workers on farms recognize hazards and determine the ways they may best comply with their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), and the relevant regulations. The guidelines provide general information to those in the workplace to help them identify specific hazards and dangerous situations. The guidelines may also provide the workplace parties with suggestions to consider in determining how to protect worker health and safety and to prevent injuries.

It is important to understand that the guidelines do not replace the laws that are in place. Employers, supervisors and workers on farms have responsibilities and rights under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the following three regulations under the Act: Regulation for Farming Operations, O. Reg. 414/05, Critical Injury Defined, R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 834 and Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training, O. Reg. 297/13. The requirements in the OHSA and these three regulations must be complied with.

Employers have a legal obligation to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of workers; and, supervisors and workers must take appropriate steps to identify and address all workplace hazards. The guidelines are a starting point for the workplace parties to think about how to fulfill their obligations under the OHSA. Following the recommendations suggested in these guidelines does not relieve the workplace parties of their obligations to comply with the OHSA.

This is the first edition of the guidelines. They will be reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis, as needed, and expanded as new production methods and technologies emerge.

In addition to safety hazards on a farm, such as tractors, harvesters or balers, there are also health hazards that can cause a work-related disease. The main workplace health hazards are biological, chemical and physical agents. Exposure to such agents can have serious and immediate consequences; or, they can cause long-term, chronic conditions.

General Responsibilities

  1. The employer shall provide information, instruction and supervision to workers exposed to hazardous biological, chemical or physical agents.
  2. The employer should carry out an assessment of the workplace and determine the risk that workers will be exposed to hazardous biological, chemical or physical agents and develop a plan for controlling worker exposure.
  3. Where workers are exposed to hazardous biological, chemical or physical agents, and it is not possible to control exposure by means such as substituting a safer material, or re-designing the work process, the employer and supervisor should ensure the use of appropriate personal protective equipment. For chemical agents, the protective equipment required will generally be identified on either the product label or material safety data sheet, where available.
  4. The employer should instruct workers on safe handling procedures and proper personal hygiene techniques to minimize contact with chemical or biological hazards.
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Responsibility in Contractor Safety

Contractors play a valuable role in fulfilling our commitment to a safety-first culture and conducting our business the right way. Dealing with contractors on site who don’t know of, or adhere to, your safety procedures can be risky. Subject to fines or even jail time when not compliant with legislation, you’re not interested in potentially spending unnecessary capital for other measures to keep workers safe on site. With safety legislation and compliance processes in place for your employees, do you know who is accountable for your contractors?

Around the world, regions have different rules and regulations when it comes to safety and training for contracted companies and such lone workers.

Globally, the International Labour Organization (ILO) reports that “although there are no ILO instruments that specifically address contractors’ and subcontractors’ safety and health at work (or for training in the industry), those concerning occupational safety and health (OSH) in general emphasize the importance of OSH training for all workers. Safety training should focus on supporting preventive action and finding practical solutions.”

While there are no specific global requirements, here we explore contractor safety regulations for the construction industry in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

In the United Kingdom and Australia, the governments have implemented legislation that requires the employers to be responsible for the safety and well-being of their contractors.

Canada and the United States still have some work to do so that contractor responsibility is clear for both employers and contractors.

To start, determine whether you can guarantee your safety compliance internally. Stay tuned for our “Safety Compliance: Can You Guarantee Yours?” quiz, to see how you measure up.

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Loading Dock Safety

Workers are known to face a variety of high-risk hazards in indoor and outdoor shipping and receiving areas of workplaces. Inspectors will enforce the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and applicable regulations made under the OHSA using the full range of enforcement options available to them if they observe any contraventions.

These fatalities included workers being:

  1. Pinned between forklifts
  2. Pinned between a loading dock and truck or trailer
  3. Pinned between a truck and trailer
  4. Struck by or run over by a truck
  5. Struck by falling items that were not secured, and
  6. Struck by a falling dock plate

A health and safety inspector explains what he looks for during a loading dock inspection.

  • Immobilization and Securing of Vehicles: Inspectors will check whether trucks and trailers are immobilized and secured to prevent accidental movement in any direction to protect workers engaged in loading and unloading activities and workers in the vicinity. Inspectors will check whether workers using dock locking systems or other securing devices to prevent accidental movement of vehicles have received information, instruction and supervision. In addition, inspectors will check whether equipment is used and maintained according to the manufacturers' instructions, including the use of guards where appropriate and lockout procedures.
  • Loading and Unloading Activities: Inspectors will check for the safe use and maintenance of material handling equipment and whether workers have been trained to use the equipment. Inspectors will also check if there are any slip, trip and fall hazards. They will also check if workers are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment where it is needed. They will also check to see if workers have received information and instruction on safe manual material handling procedures.
  • Entry / Exit of Vehicles Carrying Materials: Inspectors will check for traffic hazards associated with vehicles or material handling equipment which pedestrians could be exposed to. Inspectors will also check for hazards associated with the general work environment in both the indoor and outdoor shipping and receiving areas. 

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Bernard Frane OSH Trainer

Occupational safety and health is an important part of maintaining a workplace environment. Besides, safe workplaces are required by law. To address the need for workplace safety, many businesses hire managers to create and maintain occupationally safe workplace environments. Typically, trained safety managers have at least four-year college degrees and are intimately familiar with Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. In many workplaces, it's also common to refer to the local safety manager as the "OSHA safety manager."

Bernard D. Frane is a Safety Manager and a certified safety practitioner who have dedicated his professional career in Safety Development.

his duties and responsibilities are:
• Establish the general operational plans for HSE
• Establish and conduct the training plan.
• Perform walk-around inspection and guidance, suggesting measures where necessary.
• Investigate accidents and establish countermeasures.
• Select eligible items of protective equipment, protective clothing, and identify dangerous machinery.
• Suggest punishment for violations of regulations.
• Establish a plan for regular (and self-) inspections of hazardous machinery and equipment.
• Monitor the operational status of the equipment designed to prevent environmental pollution.
• Prepare and submit reports on HSE
• Present guidelines and encouragement to personnel in relation to HSE
• Promote a consciousness of HSE issues.
• Establish control measures for subcontractors’ HSE
•Assess performance of the HSE Management Procedure.

- IMS  Internal Auditor Training
- IOSH Managing Safely v.4.0
- OSHA 30  General Industry
- NEBOSH 3 International General Certificate
- NEBOSH  Health and Safety at Work 
- OSHAcademy132  Safety Professional Certification
- Certified Scaffolding Inspector (3rd party Certified)
- Certified First Aider (3rd party Certified)

- Manual Handling
- Scaffolding Safety
- Hot work  Safety
- Confined Space Safety
- Safe Rigging and Slinging
- Excavation Safety
- COSHH Safety
- Working at Heights
- H2S Safety Awareness

In addition to acting as the Safety Manager, Mr. Frane manages a staff of safety professionals and participates as a trainer in the various programs provided by ATCS in the Middle East Region.

OSH inspector Job profile

Health and safety inspectors work to protect people's health and safety by making sure that risks in the workplace are properly controlled. They ensure employers comply with all aspects of health and safety laws and that workplaces are not the cause of ill health, injury or even death. They do this by inspecting business premises, advising employers and investigating accidents, and through enforcement of the law. Health and safety inspectors work mainly for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), although they are also employed by local authorities and large organisations. They work either for a general team or specialise in a particular area, such as construction, forestry or hazardous goods. 


Work activities vary depending on the geographical location and specialism but generally include: 
  • visiting various business and industrial premises to inspect processes and procedures and ensure good health and safety practice;
  • investigating accidents and complaints and determining if there has been a breach of health and safety law;
  • carrying out examinations of machinery, working environments and structures, taking measurements of noise, heat, and vibrations, and taking photographs and samples where necessary;
  • ensuring workers are provided with suitable protective equipment, such as eye goggles, ear protectors or appropriate types of gloves and clothing;
  • investigating precautions taken to prevent industrial diseases;
  • investigating procedures for working in hazardous environments or with potentially harmful substances;
  • keeping up to date with new legislation and health and safety standards;
  • staying informed about developments within particular sectors, e.g. in agricultural or construction settings;
  • providing specialist advice and information on health and safety to businesses and organisations and advising on changes required;
  • negotiating with managers and operators to try to eliminate possible conflicts between safety considerations and production/profit;
  • writing reports on results of inspections and investigations and completing detailed paperwork;
  • determining when action, i.e. notices and/or prosecution, may be necessary and gathering and presenting the appropriate evidence;
  • developing health and safety working programmes and strategies;
  • developing methods to predict possible hazards drawn from experience, historical data and other appropriate information sources;
  • preparing for and presenting court cases if a decision is made to prosecute (this differs in Scottish law) and also appearing as a witness in court or at an employment tribunal;
  • providing training and educational support to employers and new/trainee employees.