NEBOSH celebrated the Chinese New Year on Monday 23 January with the launch of a Mandarin language version of one of its most popular qualifications.
The entry level NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work examination can now be taken in Mandarin Chinese, making it accessible to around 1 billion people who speak the language worldwide.
23rd January 2012, marked the beginning of The Year of the Dragon, a period of ambition, challenges, achievement and success.
Staff at the NEBOSH headquarters in the United Kingdom greeted each other with a traditional “Gong Xi Fa Cai” - a respectful wish for prosperity in the New Year. They also enjoyed a Chinese banquet and a lion dance to mark the occasion.
NEBOSH Chief Executive, Teresa Budworth commented: “The countries where Mandarin is most commonly spoken - China, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia - are among the fastest growing and successful economies in the world.
“Health and safety is increasingly important to these economies. It helps demonstrate high standards of management and employee welfare. As a result, we’ve seen demand for our qualifications in the Far East grow rapidly in recent years. Ensuring our introductory level Health and Safety at Work qualification can be taken in Mandarin Chinese is a vital step in our international development.”
Trading between China and the rest of the world has grown twenty-fold in the last ten years. As a result, many people from countries outside of the region are also now learning to speak Mandarin.
The NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work qualification covers topics such as risk assessment and control; work equipment; transport safety; electrical safety; fire safety; manual handling and hazardous substances.
For more information about NEBOSH qualifications, visit http://www.nebosh.org.uk/Qualifications/