NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner.

Units A, B and C are each assessed by one three-hour written examination. All questions are compulsory. Candidate scripts are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.

Unit D is assessed by a written assignment of approximately 8,000 words, designed to test knowledge across the syllabus by assessing application of health and safety theory and practice (Unit D).

Managing Health and Safety. The course comprises of the following elements.

  • Element 1: Principles of health and safety management
  • Element 2: Loss causation and accident investigation
  • Element 3: Measuring and reviewing health and safety performance
  • Element 4: Identifying hazards, assessing and evaluating risk
  • Element 5: Risk control
  • Element 6: Organisational factors
  • Element 7: Human factors
  • Element 8: Principles of health and safety law
  • Element 9: Criminal law
  • Element 10: Civil law
  • Unit A revision

Hazardous agents in the workplace. The course comprises of the following elements.

  • Element 1: Principles of Toxicology and Epidemiology
  • Element 2: Hazardous Substances and Other Chemicals – Assessment of Risk
  • Element 3: Hazardous Substances and Other Chemicals – Engineering Controls and Personal Protective Equipment
  • Element 4: Monitoring and Measuring
  • Element 5: Biological Agents
  • Element 6: Physical Agents 1 - Noise and Vibration
  • Element 7: Physical Agents 2 - Radiation
  • Element 8: Psychosocial Agents
  • Element 9: Musculoskeletal Risks and Control
  • Element 10: Work Environment Risks and Controls
  • Element 11: Managing Occupational Health
  • Unit B revision

Workplace and work equipment safety. The course comprises of the following elements.

  • Element 1: General Workplace Issues
  • Element 2: Principles of Fire and Explosion
  • Element 3: Workplace Fire Risk Assessment
  • Element 4: The Storage, Handling and Processing of Dangerous Substances
  • Element 5: Work Equipment (General)
  • Element 6: Work Equipment (Workplace Machinery)
  • Element 7: Work Equipment (Mobile, Lifting and Access)
  • Element 8: Electrical Safety and Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
  • Element 9: Construction Hazards and Controls
  • Element 10: Workplace Transport and Driving for Work
  • Element 11: Pressure System Hazards and Controls
  • Unit C revision

Application of health and safety theory and practice.

This unit contains no additional syllabus content. However, completion of study for units A, B and C is recommended in order to undertake the Unit D assignment.