HSE International ISSUE 100 - Page 10

NEBOSH Preserving and improving health, safety and the environment in the workplace, worldwide NEBOSH (the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) is a charitable organisation and international awarding body first established in the United Kingdom in 1979. F rom the very beginning, the aim of NEBOSH has been to provide highly respected and relevant vocational qualifications to help improve standards. A little under 36 years ago, in June 1980, the first ever NEBOSH examinations were taken by only a handful of health and safety professionals in Britain. Since then, NEBOSH has significantly extended its offering, with 16 qualifications in its portfolio that can be taken worldwide, including: • 3 at award level – providing a basic understanding of the subject covered and suitable for all workers. • 9 at certificate level – offering an excellent foundation for managers, supervisors and anyone starting a career in health and safety. • 4 at diploma level - professional qualifications that are the equivalent level to a degree. Designed to help students gain the skills and confidence to be successful in this demanding but rewarding field. Recently, NEBOSH has also added Masters qualifications, 10 HSE INTERNATIONAL offered in partnership with the University of Hull, in Health, Safety and Environmental Management. All NEBOSH qualifications are designed by experts and based on extensive research and consultation with a wide variety of interested parties, including employers, to ensure they are fit for purpose. NEBOSH now receives almost 200,000 exam registrations each year, with applicants from 125 different countries across the world seeking to hold one of NEBOSH’s health, safety and environmental qualifications. NEBOSH’s vision is to preserve and improve health, safety and the environment in the workplace, worldwide. The organisation raises competence in health, safety and environmental management through a framework of qualifications, rigorous awarding procedures and the promotion of high quality education. Analysis of job opportunities in the UK has consistently revealed that more than 75% of health and safety managers are expected to hold a NEBOSH qualification by employers.