If you have read part 1 of the 3-part guide, you will now have an understanding of the key facts and pass marks on the Risk Assessment Practical of the new NEBOSH General Certificate. This part 2 post will look at stages 1 and 2 of the Practical and offers guidance on what you need to include to pass the first 2 stages of the assessment.
- Stage 1 covers a description of the organisation and methodology used.
- Stage 2 cover the risk assessment
Let’s now look at what needs to be done in the four stages of the assessment in more detail.
STAGE 1: description of the organisation and the methodology used
You need to give a clear and concise description of your chosen organisation. You can change the name and location if you like (for confidentiality) by using false details, but everything else needs to be factual. You also need to think about the scope of the risk assessment. For example, are you going to look at the whole organisation or just a specific department or division? If you work for a large organisation, we recommend that you concentrate on a part of the organisation or a specific activity or process. If you are unsure, ask your tutor for advice.
You must use the headed tables in Part 1 of the assessment pack to complete the description of the organisation and the risk assessment methodology used.
You will need to write a clear description of your organisation to allow the NEBOSH marker to judge whether your risk assessment is suitable and sufficient. If you provide an unclear or incomplete description this could affect the marking of the risk assessment.
You will need to include the following information as a minimum in this stage:
- The name of the organisation
- Site location (you don’t need to give the full address, just the general location e.g., Leicestershire)
- How many workers are employed by the organisation?
- A general description of the organisation that must include products manufactured or services provided and the types of activities undertaken
- A description of the area to be included in the risk assessment
- Any other relevant information e.g. who has the day-to-day responsibility for health and safety in your organisation. If you feel there is nothing relevant here then you do not need to include this in the description.
The description of the organisation, as required by (4) above, should be detailed enough to ‘paint a picture’ for the NEBOSH marker (who may not be familiar with your industry) so they understand what your organisation does. For example, “garage related activities” is far too brief. Something like the description below would be better, (this is an extract from the worked example in the assessment pack):
|NGG Ltd is a medium sized garage with offices, vehicle repair shop and paint spray booth. The business does a lot of body repairs on vehicles involved in accidents for insurance companies. Servicing and MOTs are also carried out for members of the public. Typical activities undertaken include moving spare parts from the stores to the workshop area, engine repairs, activities relating to servicing/MOTs, body repair, draining fuel/oil from vehicles, spray booth activities (including the use of paints that are solvent based). The garage operates from 8am to 6pm on weekdays and is closed at the weekends. Workers are only required to work 7 hours per day so there are staggered start and finish times in place.|
You will then need to outline how you carried out the risk assessment (methodology used). You will need to include as a minimum:
- the sources of information that you consulted
- who you spoke to
- how the hazards and controls were identified
You may also include anything else that is relevant to the completion of the risk assessment.
|Minimum standard required for a Unit NG2 pass|
|Stage 1 Assessment section||Marking criteria|
|Description of the organisation and risk assessment methodology used||
The description must be clear and concise so that the examiner is able to understand what types of hazard may be present in the learner’s workplace. The description must include:
The learner does not need to include ‘any other relevant information’ in the description, as there may be nothing to include here.
The methodology must include as a minimum: sources of information consulted, who was consulted and how the learner decided on additional control measures.
STAGE 2: risk assessment
For the risk assessment itself, you must find and record at least 10 different hazards that are taken from at least 5 different hazard categories. To avoid confusion, hazard categories are the topic headings for Elements 5 – 11 of the NG1/IG1 syllabus, which are included in the table below.
The range of hazard categories
|5||Noise; vibration; radiation; mental ill-health; violence at work; substance abuse at work|
|6||Work related upper-limb disorders (ergonomics, workstation design etc.); manual handling; load handling equipment|
|8||Health, welfare and work environment; working at height; confined spaces; lone working; slips and trips; movement of people and vehicles in the workplace; work-related driving|
|9||Work equipment and machinery|
Completing the risk assessment
You will then need to complete a risk assessment of your organisation and you must use the Table in Part 2 of the assessment pack to complete the risk assessment.
NEBOSH’s assessment pack worked example of a risk assessment
Your risk assessment must include details on the following with reference to each column in the example above:
- the hazard and the hazard category (column 1)
- who may be harmed and how (column 2)
- what you are already doing to control the hazard (column 3)
- what further controls or actions might be needed (column 4) - remember you must take account of the hierarchy of control and the principles of prevention in when deciding on further controls
- what the timescales are for completion of each action (column 5)
- the role of the person responsible for completing each action (column 6)
When you complete your risk assessment you will see that columns 3 what you are already doing and 4 further controls needed, work together. If you are already doing enough to control the risk, there will be many controls listed in column 3 but very few (if any) in column 4 (you might even just note that no further action is necessary). On the other-hand, if you have very few controls in place, column 3 will contain very little and column 4 will contain a lot more. Both of these scenarios are fine because they are realistic.
|Minimum standard required for a Unit NG2 pass|
|Stage 2 Assessment section||Marking criteria|
There are a minimum of 10 hazards to be taken from 5 hazard categories.
What next on the NEBOSH Certificate Practical?
Follow our guidance on completing stages 3 and 4 of the NEBOSH Risk Assessment Practical.