NEBOSH update HSG65

Industry News By Andy Taylor

NEBOSH course of action due to recent HSE changes

We are advising of an update on the course of action NEBOSH is taking in relation to the recent changes to guidance issued by the HSE.


You will be aware that the HSE guidance on health and safety management systems has been replaced.  Work is also underway on the development of an ISO standard on health and safety management systems which has tentatively been numbered 45001; this is likely to be launched 2016/17.

There is some confusion among course providers regarding the teaching of Unit NGC1/IGC1 Element 2.1, specifically the POPMAR model. The new HSG65 guidance proposes a different structure based around the plan/do/check/act (PDCA) cycle.  NEBOSH will shortly be undertaking a review of Unit NGC1 to take into account the revised HSG65 model.  It is unlikely that content will change significantly but will be rearranged across elements to reflect the PDCA cycle.

Units IGC1 and International Diploma Unit IC will be reviewed at the same time so that they will align as closely as possible with the structure of Unit NGC1 and National Diploma Unit C.

NEBOSH will be carrying out a full review of Unit NGC1 to reflect the revised PDCA model. This will coincide with the changes they are making to take into account CDM but in the meantime they have made some minor changes to the syllabus.  These changes are effectively immediately as they do not significantly alter the content of the syllabus.

Element 2.1 will remain the same apart from the removal of “With particular reference to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publication Successful Health and Safety Management (HSG65)”.

NEBOSH have also added in a tutor reference which gives clarity on the teaching of this element.  NEBOSH are now advising that “NEBOSH would expect course providers to make students aware of the ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ model as outlined in the HSE’s ‘Managing for health and safety’, HSG65 (2013).  However, NEBOSH would not expect tutors to show in detail where each of the elements of the above health and safety management system fall into the Plan, Do, Check, Act model.  If students do refer to the PDCA model, credit will be given in the mark scheme.”

Source: NEBOSH

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