NEBOSH Award in Health and Safety at Work


The NEBOSH Award in Health and Safety at Work is an introductory qualification designed to improve the health and safety culture of organisations by equipping the workforce and others to be able to identify and deal with hazards at work, helping them to reduce accidents/incidents and achieve costs saving.

Unit HSW1
Workplace safety foundations
Unit HSW2
Workplace risk assessment
Study Time
3 days
Available Learning Routes
Classroom Course, In-House

The NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work Award is based on international standards and is aimed at anyone who needs to understand the principles of health and safety as part of their job. No previous health and safety knowledge is required, therefore the Award is suitable for all individuals that wish to have a basic knowledge of health and safety.

The NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work Award covers the principles of health and safety, the identification and management of related risks and the practical application of this knowledge. This is reflected in the two units that comprise the qualification.

Unit HSW1
Workplace Safety Foundations
Unit HSW2
Risk Assessment Activity

The qualification is divided into two assessed units, each of which is assessed separately. Assessment is by one multiple choice examination (Unit HSW1) and a work-based risk assessment (Unit HSW2), which tests the ability to apply the knowledge gained during the course to workplace situations.


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