NEBOSH National General Certificate
December 2007 examination
Paper NGC1 : Management of health and safety
Paper NGC2 : Controlling workplace hazards
The National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety has been offered since 1989 and, at the time of this examination, there were nearly 113,000 holders of the qualification. The NEBOSH Certificate is recognised by employers and regulators, both in the UK and internationally, as an extremely worthwhile qualification for those with health and safety responsibilities but who are not engaged professionally in health and safety. Such persons include managers, supervisors and employee representatives. The Certificate qualification demonstrates much more than a basic awareness of health and safety issues; it shows that those holding the qualification, while not deciding organisational policy, are able to make informed decisions and suggest improvements on a day-to-day basis (within the limits of their competence) such that those for whom they are responsible are not harmed by work activities.
The National General Certificate consists of three units, each separately assessed:
- Unit NGC1: Management of health and safety
- Unit NGC2: Controlling workplace hazards
- Unit NGC3: Health and safety practical application.
NGC1 and NGC2 are written examination papers set and marked by NEBOSH.
NGC3 has no syllabus content associated with it, but tests the application of knowledge acquired in the study of the first two units. Completed assessments for this unit are marked by a ‘practical assessor’ proposed by the centre and approved by NEBOSH. Marked NGC3 assessments are subject to external moderation by NEBOSH.
This Examiners’ Report refers only to the two written examination papers, NGC1 and NGC2.
Candidates’ scripts are marked by a team of Examiners appointed by NEBOSH on the basis of their qualifications and experience. NEBOSH examination procedures meet examination best practice and are accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). The standard of the qualification is determined by NEBOSH, which is overseen by the NEBOSH Council comprising nominees from, amongst others, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Department for Education and Skills (Df ES), the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Representatives of course providers, from both the public and private sectors, are elected to the NEBOSH Council.
The pass rates for the December 2007 examination units are shown on page 17. Not all candidates, therefore, met the required standard in the examination. Those who succeeded on this occasion should be justly proud for it takes concerted effort to achieve such success. Acquisition of knowledge and understanding across the syllabus through diligent study is an obvious prerequisite but candidates are also required to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in the examination. ‘Examination technique’ is the skill of reading a question, identifying the breadth of issues relevant to that question and putting them down on paper in a logical and coherent way and to the depth required. It also requires candidates to plan their time effectively. Examination technique is discussed further at the end of this Report (page 18).
During a routine visit a health and safety enforcement officer has discovered an unguarded lift shaft, left by a contractor, whilst working on an employer’s premises.
State the powers given to the enforcement officer under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Outline the breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act...
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