Quality Management & Training


5th Edition
by Phil Hughes and Ed Ferrett
Key Features

  • Covers all you need to know for the NEBOSH certificate in one book with each syllabus element covered in one dedicated chapter
  • Up-to-date content you can trust – the only book for the General Certificate endorsed by NEBOSH
  • Questions and sample answers taken from recent NEBOSH examinations to test your knowledge and prepare you for the exam


Learn more about health and safety with this NEBOSH-endorsed textbook, written and designed specifically to help you pass your course.

  • Matched to the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Practice NEBOSH questions and sample answers based on recent examinations at the end of each chapter allow you to test your knowledge and increase your understanding
  • All relevant legislation is summarised for quick reference

Introduction to Health and Safety at Work, 5th edition covers the basics of occupational safety and health. The book is the definitive handbook to the National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from NEBOSH with each element of the syllabus explained in detail. To make studying easier, each chapter starts with learning outcomes and ends with questions taken from recent NEBOSH examinations. Specimen answers and a study skills chapter aid exam preparation.

It is highly illustrated with over 60 new diagrams and photographs in full colour making learning easy for all. There is a companion website with editable training slides and illustrations to help tutors deliver health and safety courses.

This book is a handy reference for managers and directors dealing with the day-to-day issues of health and safety and is also of great value to those studying for level 3 N/SVQ and the IOSH Managing Safely Award. It covers all the essential elements of health and safety management, the legal framework, risk assessment and control standards and includes checklists, report forms and record sheets. In addition, useful topics outside the syllabus have been included and an additional chapter to cover other aspects of health and safety and related topics that many readers will find helpful on completion of the course – construction activities, environmental considerations and international issues

New in this edition:

  • Fully restructured in line with new 2010 NEBOSH syllabus
  • Inclusion of a summary of the Report on Health and Safety ‘Common Sense Common Safety’ by Lord Young
  • Gives particular regard to changes in legislation relating to the Site Waste Management Plans Regulations, the Control of Artificial Radiation at Work Regulations, Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations (CHIP4) and the European Classification, Packaging and labelling regulations
  • A chapter with guidance on searching the internet with a range of significant Occupational health and Safety Websites. There are dozens of internet references throughout the book
  • Since the Practical Application NGC3 has been significantly revised, Chapter 20 includes a sample practical application based on the new scope and format

Phil Hughes MBE, MSc, CFIOSH, is a former Chairman of NEBOSH (1995-2001), former President of IOSH (1990-1991) and runs his own consultancy. He received an MBE for services to health & safety and as a director of RoSPA, in the New Years Honours List 2005.

Ed Ferrett PhD, BSc (Hons Eng), CEng, MIMechE, MIET, CMIOSH, is a former Vice Chairman of NEBOSH (1999-2008) and a lecturer on NEBOSH courses at Cornwall Business School of Cornwall College. He is a Chartered Engineer and a health and safety consultant.


Students on NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety courses, International General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health courses, as well as starters on diploma level courses. Students taking degree courses/HND/HNC and NVQs in Occupational Safety and Health and those on other short health and safety awareness courses (e.g. IOSH, CIEH, British Safety Council). Students on BTEC National and Higher National courses where health and safety is a mandatory element. Reference for health and safety practitioners and managers.


1. Health and safety foundations
2. Policy
3. Organizing for health and safety
4. Promoting a positive health and safety culture
5. Risk assessment
6. Principles of control
7. Monitoring, review and audit
8. Incident and accident investigation and reporting
9. Movement of people and vehicles – hazards and control
10. Manual and mechanical handling hazards and control
11. Work equipment hazards and control
12. Electrical hazards and control
13. Fire hazards and control
14. Chemical and biological health hazards and control
15. Physical and psychological health hazards and control
16. Construction activities – hazards and control
17. Summary of the main legal requirements
18. International aspects of health and safety
19. Study skills
20. Specimen answers to NEBOSH examinations

Author Information

By Phil Hughes, MBE, MSc, FIOSH, RSP, MBE, MSc, CFIOSH, Chairman of NEBOSH (1995-2001), President of IOSH (1990-1991) he now runs his own consultancy. and Ed Ferrett, PhD, BSc (Hons Eng), CEng, MIMechE, MIEE, MIOSH, PhD, BSc (Hons Eng), CEng, MIMechE, MIET, CMIOSH, was Vice Chairman of NEBOSH (1999-2008) and is a lecturer on NEBOSH courses at Cornwall College.

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