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NEBOSH and HSE join forces to create health and safety qualification for business leaders

NEBOSH has partnered with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to develop a new qualification specifically for senior business leaders or those aspiring to this role.

Launched on the 30 April, the NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Health and Safety Leadership Excellence will support leaders who want to make a real difference to health and safety performance and culture within their organisations.

NEBOSH Chief Executive, Teresa Budworth, commented: “This new one day qualification highlights the clear moral, legal and financial business case for improving health and safety culture. It covers the key competencies and behaviours HSE research indicates are associated with health and safety leadership excellence so that delegates can become better advocates and influencers of health and safety.”

Teresa added: "We are delighted to have worked again with HSE on this new qualification. Our ability to deliver strong, credible professional occupational safety and health qualifications combined with HSE’s industry-leading knowledge and expertise gives real value to our students and their places of work.”

When creating this new qualification NEBOSH and the HSE worked with a range of business leaders, union representatives, health and safety directors, and managers. Here are just some of their thoughts around the need for the NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Health and Safety Leadership Excellence, and the benefits it will bring:

Nigel Clamp
Health and Safety Director, Africa & Eastern Mediterranean Basin Region
HeidelbergCement AG

“Good safety is good business and leaders need to know how to have a bigger influence to ensure they drive the health and safety improvement agenda down through the organisation.

“This qualification may well be an excellent new tool for health and safety directors and managers, who want something tangible they can run to the board with. Encouraging leaders to take this qualification can potentially support them in their efforts to improve health and safety culture, behaviour and performance.”

Bud Hudspith
National Health and Safety Advisor
Unite

“Senior leaders need to communicate and deliver good health and safety throughout their organisation, especially targeting their management structure.

“One important and positive aspect of this new qualification is the partnership between HSE and NEBOSH. It is good to see the availability of an accredited course for senior executives when so few are available. Training is needed at all levels of organisations.”

We are currently accrediting course providers to offer this qualification.

If you would like to be notified when this information is available, please email Leadershipexcellence@nebosh.org.uk, with your contact details.