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Laying the foundations for healthier, safer construction sites

Laying the foundations for healthier, safer construction sites


25 Mar, 2021

A new two-week qualification from NEBOSH, one of the world’s leading H&S awarding bodies, aims to boost health and safety in the construction sector …

The new qualification, Health and Safety Management for Construction, will – as its name suggests – give learners the skills they need to take on health and safety responsibilities in the construction sector. Qualification holders will also be better able to influence their on-site colleagues to work more safely, gaining the confidence and technical know-how to challenge unsafe behaviours and offer practical solutions.

Health and Safety Management for Construction is available in both UK and international variants. The UK version is closely aligned to Construction (Design & Management) (CDM) Regulations, while the international option references ILO guidance. Whichever option is chosen, the qualification goes beyond legislation to focus on best practice so that learners can develop great health and safety practices.

Says NEBOSH chief operating officer, Dee Arp: ‘The very hands-on nature of construction sites is reflected in the new Health and Safety Management for Construction qualification, which is one of NEBOSH’s most vocational. Everything people will learn is geared towards practical application on a construction project. It’s not just for site workers moving into a safety role either – our use of case studies and scenario assessments means that people looking to move in to the construction sector can take the qualification too.’

Designed to reflect the highly practical nature of construction, learners will cover a broad range of topics, from excavation, demolition and fire to culture change and psychological health – everything they need to make a construction site healthier and safer.

This practical emphasis is continued in the assessment. Learners will be asked to complete a 48-hour assessment based on a real-life scenario to really reflect the requirements of a construction health and safety professional.

James Irwin, director of Irwin & Colton, is a specialist recruiter for the profession. He comments: ‘NEBOSH construction qualifications are highly sought after by employers in the construction industry. They offer a real stamp of quality for those who attain them, and employers know they are recruiting candidates with a solid base of knowledge within health and safety in construction, which will allow them to hit the ground running in a role.’

The NEBOSH Health and Safety Management for Construction (UK and international versions) will replace the NEBOSH Certificate in Construction Health and Safety.

Click on the link below to watch a video about the new qualification on NEBOSH’s official YouTube channel:

Click here for more information about the new UK qualification, and for the international version click here



NEBOSH is a leading global brand in health, safety, well-being and environmental qualifications. Internationally recognised qualifications help to raise the competence of safety and environmental professionals as well as individuals at all levels in the workplace.

Since its inception in 1979 more than half a million people around the world have studied for a NEBOSH qualification. Tens of thousands join their number every year studying with our network of 600 course providers in more than 132 countries.

NEBOSH qualifications are highly respected by governments, employers and our learners. They build the knowledge and skills that underpin competent performance as a health, safety and environmental professional. NEBOSH qualifications are recognised by all the relevant professional membership bodies.

In 2014, NEBOSH received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Outstanding Achievement in International Trade, in recognition of our international success.

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