NEBOSH Certificate - NEW Risk Assessment Practical Stages 3 & 4 Part 3

7 minute read | 5 September 2019 at 11:15:22 BST

Success with your NEBOSH Certificate Practical Part 3Here is the final post (part 3) on how to complete stages 3 and 4 of the new NEBOSH Certificate practical. Part 1 covers an overview of the key aspects of the practical including marking schemes and pass marks; part 2 offers guidance on writing stages 1 and 2. This 3-part guide will help you through each stage of this new NEBOSH Certificate Practical so you feel confident to successfully complete it and pass.


STAGE 3 Prioritise 3 actions with justification

NEBOSH Certificate Assessment stage 3

You must now pick the three highest priority/most urgent actions needing attention. These actions can be associated with the same or different hazards/hazard categories; the important thing is that they need to be your highest priorities for action.

You must use the table in Part 3 of the assessment pack to prioritise your actions and justify your selection.

You must give a justification for why you think these are the highest priority/most urgent actions. Your justification must include:

  • Moral, legal and financial arguments for all actions. Your legal argument must reference relevant specific legislation / international standards where applicable e.g., when talking about the control of hazardous substances in the UK you should reference relevant duties under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.
  • Consideration of the likelihood AND probable severity (taking account of current control measures) of injury, ill health or harm occurring. You will need to typically consider the types of injury, ill-health or harm likely to occur, the number of workers at risk, how often the activity is carried out and how widespread the risk is e.g., does the same threat exist in other parts/branches/divisions/sites of the organisation. 
  • Detail on how effective each action is likely to be in controlling the risk. Here you should describe:
    • the intended impact of each action
    • justification for the timescale for completion for each action
    • whether you think the action will fully control the risk

    Minimum standard required for a Unit NG2 pass
    Stage 3 Assessment section Marking criteria
    Prioritise 3 actions with justification for the selection A minimum of 3 actions must be selected.

    A minimum of 3 actions must be selected.

    For each action the following has been included:

    • moral, legal and financial arguments (the legal arguments must be based on UK legislation);
    • consideration of the likelihood and probably severity for each action from the same hazard category; and
    • description of how effective each action is likely to be in controlling the risk.

STAGE 4 - Review, communicate and check

NEBOSH Certificate Assessment stage 4

The final part of the assessment is to:

  1. Set a realistic review date for the risk assessment and say why you have chosen that review date.
  2. Indicate how the findings of the risk assessment are to be communicated (verbal or written up date and the methods to be used e.g. email, noticeboards, intranet etc.) and who needs to know the information.
  3.  Indicate how you will follow-up on the risk assessment to check that the actions have been carried out.

You must use the tables in Part 4 of the assessment pack to complete the review, communicate and check exercise.

Minimum standard required for a Unit NG2 pass
Stage 4 Assessment section Marking criteria
Review, check and communicate
  • The learner must give a realistic review date for the risk assessment and say why they have chosen that date
  • The learner must indicate how the risk assessment findings will be communicated and include who needs to know the information
  • The learner must indicate how they will follow-up on the risk assessment to check that the actions have been carried out.

Pointers to help you pass

So to clarify this, you will receive a ‘refer (fail) result if, for example, you:

  • do not include a methodology;
  • only include 9 hazards from 5 hazard categories;
  • only include 11 hazards from 4 hazard categories;
  • only include 10 hazards but do not state the hazard category for all hazards;
  • only prioritise two actions;
  • include how the risk assessment will be communicated but do not say who needs to know the information.

Summary of pointers for success

Some key points therefore to help you pass when completing the NG2/IG2 assessment include:

  1. Get a copy of the guidance documents that are mentioned in this blog – these can be obtained from the NEBOSH website or your Training Provider may have produced their own.
  2. Before you start writing anything, thoroughly read the guidance documents so that you understand what information you need to complete in each section of the assessment.
  3. Take the opportunity to discuss your plan or approach with your tutor or training provider to make sure you are on the right track.
  4.  Make sure that you follow the guidance exactly when you are completing the assessment – paying particular attention to the forms, which have to be completed, and the risk assessment worked example.
  5. Check each section of your assessment against the detail in the table “Minimum standard required for a Unit NG2/IG2 Pass” to make sure that you have included everything that is required to achieve a pass.

Best of luck on your NEBOSH Certificate Practical.

More guidance on the NEBOSH Certificate Practical

NEBOSH General Certificate - NEW Risk Assessment Practical Key Facts Part 1

NEBOSH Certificate - NEW Risk Assessment Practical Stages 1 & 2- Part 2

Tags: NEBOSH General Certificate

Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR

Andrew is a Chartered Health and Safety Consultant with 23 years experience in the production, processing and training environments. Areas of expertise include production and machinery safety, mobile plant, maintenance, management systems and auditing. Andrew teaches IOSH courses (including Safety for Executives and Directors), NEBOSH Certificate courses and NEBOSH Diploma courses, as well as undertakes consultancy work including health and safety policy reviews, risk assessment guidance, auditing and designing and delivering bespoke training solutions.