The NEBOSH Health, Safety and Environment in the Process Industries Qualification is designed to help both employers and employees demonstrate competence in general health and safety, process safety and environmental management.

The qualification covers the foundations of process safety as well as common risks and controls in the process safety industry.

Our qualifications are developed based on extensive research with health and safety professionals, employers, professional bodies and regulators to ensure that they remain relevant and rigorous as well as achievable and practical.

You will be assessed on your ability to apply your skills and knowledge to a wide range of issues and how to deliver positive change to a real workplace.

Who is it for?


This qualification is for anyone working in the chemical process industries who needs to gain a basic understanding of the principles of workplace health and safety.

It's a health and safety qualification for beginners and no prior knowledge of the subject is required.

The qualification may be particularly relevant for:

  • Process operators
  • Technicians 
  • Team leaders and supervisors
  • Others with a need to understand health, safety and the environment in process industries

The qualification has relevance in the UK and internationally. It covers the principles of health safety and environment in the process industries, not UK specific law.

“It makes sense for people at our level to gain such a qualification as it broadens our knowledge base. I found it really interesting. It has helped me see the bigger picture and attitudes to safety have changed. Everyone knows it’s everybody’s responsibility.”
Dave Southward, Shift Manager, William Blythe Ltd


The NEBOSH Health, Safety and Environment in the Process Industries qualification upskills your employees and can help reduce the number of accidents in the workplace, improving staff morale, confidence and raising competence standards which could result in cost savings for the business. Employees who take this qualification will benefit from knowledge of health, safety and environmental issues within the process industries.

The qualification can also be tailored to the needs of your company. You can work with an established course provider to add to the content that is specified in the syllabus. Alternatively you may wish to explore the possibility of your company achieving accreditation to deliver this qualification.

This introductory level qualification is aimed at anyone in this industry who needs to understand the principles of health and safety as part of their job, and is therefore applicable at all levels in the workplace.

It has relevance in the UK and internationally by covering the principles of health, safety and environment in the process industries, not UK specific law.

“It’s helped our team put things into context. They can see how the legislation and our policies fit and the impact on our health, safety and environmental KPIs. Feedback from those who have taken the qualification has been excellent and most importantly we’ve seen an increase in people’s awareness of safety as knowledge has been passed down through the teams.”
Graham Smith, Operations Director, William Blythe Ltd

What you will learn

What does the course cover?

This five-day qualification covers health, safety and environmental principles and practices essential in the process industries. The following is a full list of topics included: 

  • The foundations of process safety
  • Systems to prevent loss of containment
  • Common risks and controls in the process safety industry
  • Plant integrity
  • Emergency response
  • Hazards and controls associated with hazardous substances
  • Control of emissions
  • Environmental risk assessments (impact assessment)
  • The foundations of health and safety
  • The responsibility for health and safety
  • Health and safety risk assessment and control
  • Hazards and controls associated with work equipment
  • Transport safety
  • Hazards and controls associated with electricity
  • Fire safety
  • Hazards and controls associated with manual handling and repetitive movement
  • Hazards and controls associated with the working environment
  • Understanding risk assessments and control strategies; applying these control strategies to a number of common workplace hazards, including fire, electrical, transport and manual handling.

The syllabus is mapped to both the Health and Safety (PROHSS) units and Environmental Awareness and Management. These are maintained on a database which is managed by Skills Development Scotland 

Further details can be found in the syllabus guide which can be downloaded from the 'Resources' section.

How is the qualification assessed?

Students are assessed by a 90 minute long multiple-choice examination. A qualification parchment will be sent following successful completion of the examination.


Entry requirements and exemptions

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. However, it is important that learners are able to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus in the language that the course delivery and assessment will be completed in.

NEBOSH recommends that learners undertaking this qualification in English should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.0 or higher in IELTS tests.

For further information please consult the IELTS website.

A chart mapping IELTS scores to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) can be found on the British Council and IELTS websites:


There are no exemptions available for this qualification.

How to study

NEBOSH recognises that great learning experiences equip learners to make a difference to health, safety and the environment in the workplace. We are therefore committed to ensuring that our qualifications and courses offer the best learner experience by putting your needs first.

Every learner must register with a NEBOSH accredited Learning Partner and undertake the relevant learning before taking an assessment and gaining a qualification. It is not possible to self-study for a NEBOSH qualification. 

Our global network of Learning Partners provide excellent learning and support to our learners and will help you prepare for your assessments. Our Learning Partner Programme is a quality assurance programme that aims to recognise those Learning Partners who can prove that they meet the principles that represent global best practice in the provision of course tuition and support. You can find further information on our Learning Partner Programme by clicking here.

The Learning Partner Programme introduces a standard that must be met by all Learning Partners and we also ask our Learning Partners to commit to continuously improving the learner experience. This will allow us to recognise our leading Learner Partners for their quality tuition, innovative delivery and excellent learner support.

You should ensure that the Learning Partner you choose offers the qualification in the way you want to study. We therefore recommend that you explore your options before selecting a Learning Partner as it is an important personal choice.

The factors you may wish to consider include:

  • Mode of Study – Options available include face to face, distance learning, in-company training and eLearning. Has one method of learning been more effective for you in the past?
  • Course Structure – If you opt for classroom training, would you prefer day or evening classes, block release or a modular course?
  • Location – Being able to study and sit your examinations locally may be an important consideration for you. NEBOSH examinations are taken in over 130 countries.
  • On-going support – Will the support provided during your course and in the run up to your assessments match your expectations?
  • Cost – Each Learning Partner sets their own fees to reflect the service offered. We recommend you contact a number of  Learning Partners to establish what their fees are and what is included in the fee.

The Where to Study search facility can help you to shortlist Learning Partners that match your personal requirements. You can search for partners accredited to offer courses leading to specific qualifications. Location and mode of study preferences can also be factored into your search.

Where to study

What does it cost and how long does it take?

Course fees are determined by individual learning partners and vary depending on the format of the course.

A programme of study for this qualification needs to be based around a minimum of 38 taught hours and approximately 6 hours of private study for an overall total of 44 hours.

At the end of the course learners will be assessed by one 90-minute multiple choice examination.

Professional recognition and SQA accreditation

Maintaining professional standards

In the UK – and, increasingly, worldwide – regulatory accreditation is recognised as a badge of quality, allowing our qualifications to retain their highly regarded professional status.

UK accredited qualifications provide you with certain guarantees that the qualification:

  • Meets specific quality criteria that ensure it is fit for its purpose
  • Includes relevant content
  • Uses appropriate assessment methodology
  • Is mapped to relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS)
  • Is supported by relevant stakeholders including employers

The NEBOSH Health, Safety and Environment in the Process Industries Qualification is not accredited by SQA Accreditation. However it is broadly comparable to Level 5 in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), comparable to RQF Level 2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

See the “Qualifications Can Cross Boundaries” chart issued by the UK regulators, available here.

There is currently no professional recognition for holders of the NEBOSH Health, Safety and Environment in the Process Industries Qualification.

Valued by Employers

NEBOSH qualifications can play an important part in ensuring that the health and safety provision businesses have in place is effective.  This may explain why so many organisations choose to include NEBOSH qualifications on their competency matrices.  


Examination registration

Learners must be registered before they can take an examination. All examination registrations must be completed by an accredited learning partner.

Examination entry confirmation

Once your learning partner has registered you to an examination, they will send you an Examination Entry Confirmation that includes your learner number and the regulations for you as a learner. The learner number is the only identification that you may use on your examination scripts – scripts must not include your name. 

The Examination Entry Confirmation is essential to gain entry to the examination room, you will need to show a form of photographic identification to the invigilator and then sign the Examination Entry Confirmation. Please contact your learning  if you have not received your Examination Entry Confirmation.

Examination dates

HSEP1 - invigilated multiple-choice exam.
Exam dates will be decided and arranged by Learning Partners. Please speak to your Learning Partner for the next available date and to register. 

Examination results

You will receive your results within 15 working days of sitting the examination. Once you have achieved a pass a qualification parchment will be issued.

This is normally within 20 working days of the confirmation of the successful unit.

What next?

Holders of the NEBOSH Health, Safety and Environment in the Process Industries qualification may choose to complete the NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work qualification next. Holders will be exempt from HSW1 and only the practical element (HSW2) will need to be completed. You will need to have passed the HSEP1 within the last five years. The five years start from the results declaration of your first successful unit or qualification.

The qualification provides a useful sector specific introduction to health, safety and environmental practice. If you want to progress after completing it, further options would be:

  • NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
  • NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

Both qualifications provide a more extensive and practical understanding of Health and Safety in the workplace.

NEBOSH also offers more specialist Certificate level qualifications of relevance, for example:

  • NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management
  • NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management
  • NEBOSH International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management

The connections between our qualifications are illustrated in more detail in the Qualifications Progression Leaflet found in the Resources section below.


This section provides guidance and useful information in support of this qualification.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact our customer service team via email or +44 (0)116 2634700.

Syllabus Guide

This Qualification Guide contains the detailed syllabus, assessment requirements and example question papers for the NEBOSH Award in Health, Safety and Environment in the Process Industry.

This Guide remains the copyright of NEBOSH. The information in this publication may be reproduced in support of NEBOSH qualifications. If it is reproduced, NEBOSH should be clearly acknowledged as the source. If it is to be used for any other purpose, written permission must be obtained from NEBOSH.

HSEP Syllabus Guide

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If you would like any further information, please contact the Customer Services team on 0116 2634700 or email


Guide to the NEBOSH Award in Health, Safety and Environment in the Process (November 2011)






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Learner Fees List

The NEBOSH Learner Fees List for 1 December 2020 onwards,= is available to download:

Learner Fees List - December

Please note that these are the fees that NEBOSH charges. Some Learning Partners may incorporate these fees within the overall fee you have paid to them. 


For further information please contact your chosen learning partner or contact our Customer Experience department on +44 (0)116 263 4700.


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