NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
The NEBOSH International Diploma in occupational Health and Safety is designed for health and safety professionals who require a high degree of managerial and technical competence to advice on effective management of risk across the range of employment sectors. It is a structured programme that provides the core knowledge required by today’s health and safety practitioner.
All occupational health and safety practitioners need to have a common core of knowledge in order to practice effectively. This common core of knowledge must be transferable between the different occupational sectors in which they may work, ranging across all parts of industry, commerce and the public sector. The NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety provides the knowledge and understanding that underpins competent performance as an occupational health and safety practitioner.
The NEBOSH International Diploma has been designed to be at the same level as the NEBOSH National Diploma which is set at level 6 under the revised UK National Qualifications Framework (NQF), developed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. UK Level 6 is the equivalent of Level 8 (Honours Bachelor Degree, Higher Diploma) on the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland.
NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
As globalization gathers pace NEBOSH has seen the need for a common and consistent standard for achieving and maintaining the health and safety of workers in all parts of the world.
The NEBOSH National Diploma has been recognized for many years as a leading qualification in the field of health and safety in the UK, providing the specialist knowledge and understanding, combined with the application of the expertise required to undertake a career as a Safety and Health Practitioner. The NEBOSH International Diploma will fulfil the same objectives in other countries around the world.
What kind of people takes the NEBOSH International Diploma?
The NEBOSH International Diploma is the qualification for aspiring health and safety professionals building directly upon the foundation of knowledge provided by the NEBOSH International General Certificate. It is designed to provide students with the expertise – wherever in the world they may be working – required to undertake a career as a safety and health practitioner. It also provides a sound basis for progression to an MSc or more specialist study (such as the NEBOSH Specialist Diploma in Environmental Management).
The NEBOSH International Diploma is modeled on the NEBOSH National Diploma. The key difference between the two awards is in the applicability of legal requirements. Rather than be guided by a specifically UK framework, the International Diploma takes a risk management approach based on best practice and international standards, such as the International Labour Organization (ILO) codes of practice, with special reference to model such as the ILO's "Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems" (ILO-OSH 2001). Underpinning knowledge of legal frameworks is included and local laws and cultural factors should form part of the study programme where relevant and appropriate.
It provides the core health and safety knowledge which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner.
The qualification is divided into four units, each of which is assessed separately:
Unit IA: International management of health and safety
Unit IB: International control of hazardous agents in the workplace
Unit IC: International workplace and work equipment safety
Unit ID: International application of health and safety theory and practice
Students may choose to take individual units in any order over a five year period.
The qualification is divided into four units, three assessed by written examinations of three hours’ duration (Units IA, IB and IC) with the assignment unit designed to test knowledge across the syllabus, assessing application of health and safety theory and practice (Unit ID).
Students will receive a unit certificate for each unit passed. On successful completion of all units making up the NEBOSH International Diploma, students will receive the overall qualification parchment.
PROFESSIONAL BODY MEMBERSHIPS
On successful completion of the qualification:
- The Diploma holder may apply for Graduate membership (Grad IOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the major UK professional body in the field (www.iosh.co.uk). This is the first step to becoming a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner as a Chartered Member of IOSH (CMIOSH).
- This qualification is also accepted by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (www.iirsm.org) as meeting the academic requirements for full membership (MIIRSM).
- Holders of the NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety may use the designatory letters “IDipNEBOSH” after their name.
There are no barriers to entry to the NEBOSH International Diploma programme. However, the syllabus assumes the broad basic knowledge of health and safety that is provided by a qualification in Occupational Safety and Health, in particular the NEBOSH International General Certificate. Given the demands of diploma study, the time commitment required and the complementary nature of the NEBOSH International Certificate and International Diploma, the achievement of the NEBOSH International General Certificate or direct equivalent prior to undertaking the Diploma course is highly recommended. Delegates will be asked to complete a pre-course application form to demonstrate prior learning and experience.
LEARNING APPROACH – Supported Distance & Open Learning
Ideal for those who require some degree of face-to-face interaction whilst retaining the flexibility offered by distance learning, Supported Distance Learning enables you to:
- Interact regularly with your tutors and fellow students
- Benefit from a structured programme of study with clear goals and deadlines
- Plan your home studies to best suit your commitments.
To complete the programme you need to complete all modules. This involves a minimum of approximately 400 hours private study, excluding workshop days. Delegates are provided with a full set of course notes.
When Does the Course and Exam Start?
Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kochi
Dubai, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Sudan, Pakistan, USA, Nigeria
HEALTH & SAFETY LEGISLATION
The NEBOSH International Diploma is modeled on the NEBOSH National Diploma. The key difference between the two qualifications is in the applicability of legal requirements. Rather than be guided by a specifically UK framework, the International Diploma takes a risk management approach based on best practice and international standards, such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) codes of practice, with special reference to models such as the ILO’s “Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems” (ILO-OSH 2001). Underpinning knowledge of legal frameworks is included in the course syllabus. However, it should be noted NEBOSH do not include Irish legislation in the syllabus or the examinations. Irish legislation is dealt with in the workshops where relevant and appropriate to help delegates in their understanding of the application of legal frameworks.
P1 Communication Skills
P1 Training Skills
Unit IA – International Management of Health and Safety
A1 Principles of Health and Safety Management
A2 Loss Causation and Incident Investigation
A3 Measuring & reviewing Health and Safety Performance
A4 Identifying Hazards, Assessing and Evaluating Risks
A5 Risk Control
A6 Organizational Factors
A7 Human Factors
A8 Regulating Health and Safety
Unit IB – International Control of Hazardous Agents in the Workplace
B1 Principles of Chemical control, Toxicology and Epidemiology
B2 Hazardous Substances & other chemicals – Assessment of Risk
B3 Hazardous Substances – Engineering control & PPE
B4 Hazardous Substances – Monitoring & Measuring
B5 Biological Agents
B6 Physical Agents 1 – Noise and Vibration
B7 Physical Agents 2 – Radiation
B8 Psycho-Social Agents
B9 Musculoskeletal risks and controls
B10 Work environment risks and controls
Unit IC – International Workplace and Work Equipment Safety
C1 General Workplace Issues
C2 Principles of Fire and Explosion
C3 Workplace Fire Risk Assessment
C4 The Storage, Handling & Processing of Dangerous Substances
C5 Work Equipment (General)
C6 Work Equipment (Workplace Machinery)
C7 Work Equipment (mobile, lifting and access) Mechanical Handling
C8 Electrical Safety
C9 Construction hazards and controls
C10 Workplace transport and driving for work
C11 Pressure system hazards and controls
REGISTRATION / ASSESSMENT / EXAMINATIONS
All students need to register with a NEBOSH approved centre to sit the exam (We are NEBOSH Approved Centre 812). Diploma students also need to register with NEBOSH. Students have 5 years from date of registration with NEBOSH to successfully complete all units.
Registration forms and instructions to register will be issued to all confirmed delegates.
Workplace-based Assignment (Unit D) – There is one work-based assignment with a minimum pass mark of 50%.
Examinations – NEBOSH offer two examinations each year in January and July. The exam for each unit comprises one paper of three hours. Each paper comprises six short answer questions and three essay-type questions from a choice of 5.
Delegates must achieve the pass standard (45%) in all examination papers and in the workplace-based assignment to be awarded the Diploma.