Health & Safety

Benefits of Studying NEBOSH HSE Introduction to Incident Investigation

The NEBOSH HSE Introduction to Incident Investigation is the second collaborative course from NEBOSH and the HSE (the UK’s health and safety regulator). RRC are one of the first course providers accredited to offer this course.

The course is designed to enable learners to be able to carry out solo accident investigations, produce risk control plans and contribute to team accident/incident investigations for large-scale investigations. The course is aimed at managers, supervisors, SHE champions, union representatives and aspiring health and safety practitioners. However, there are no entry requirements other than possessing an underpinning knowledge of health and safety issues – the course is versatile and can be studied by individuals from any background.  

Incident Monitoring and Prevention

Fundamentally this course focuses on the ‘how’ and ‘why’ incidents occur in order to prevent them from happening in the future. The course will provide learners with the confidence to handle workplace incidents effectively; with an emphasis on sufficient interview techniques, and creating effective action plans. Both these skills will contribute to driving down incidents within the workplace which equates to financial, moral and legal benefits.

Positive Impact on Workplace Safety Cultures

Safety culture has been defined as consisting of shared values (what is important) and beliefs (how things work) that interact with an organisation’s structure and control systems to produce behavioural standards (the way we do things round here). A poor health and safety culture is likely to lead to weaknesses due to problems at the person–work interface – perhaps because of poor training or communication (IOSH, Positive Culture PDF, 2019).

A significant number of accidents can be traced to unsafe behaviours (IOSH, Positive Culture PDF, 2019). Naturally being able to conduct investigations and provide action plans in order to avoid further incidents can positively contribute to workplace safety cultures. Creating a positive safety culture is important because it sets the tone for employees and the company in general. By setting a confident, safe example this behaviour can be replicated within the workplace.

Moral, Legal and Financial reasons for Incident Investigations

In addition to positively impacting workplace culture and avoiding future occurrences, the course will teach learners about the moral, legal and financial justifications for effective incident investigation.

Moral – Workplaces investigate incidents, near misses and dangerous occurrences to avoid them happening again; protecting workforces and improving employee morale. 

Legal – Carrying out an incident investigation competently may expose potential / current health and safety legal breaches. 

Financial – Companies could save time and money by keeping complete records. Meaning, if a claim arises you have comprehensive written evidence of incidents, near misses and dangerous occurrences (Health and Safety Executive, 2019). 

Excellent Foundation for other NEBOSH Courses

The NEBOSH HSE Introduction to Incident Investigation course is highly accessible, with no entry requirements other than possessing health and safety knowledge. The course is award level, but can provide learners with an adequate foundation for progressing on to higher level NEBOSH qualifications. 

For example, after completing this course you could move on to a certificate level course. NEBOSH Certificate courses can boost your future career prospects as they are valued by employers globally.

Positive Feedback

Martyn Jones was one of the first delegates to attend RRC’s first Introduction to Incident Investigation classroom course, which took place at our Wimbledon offices.

He commented, ‘’The incident course was absolutely brilliant! The course workbook is the best I’ve had and the HSE content and presentations were clear, precise and really informative. The assessment process was really enjoyable and the videos gave us all an opportunity to put incident investigation procedures into practice. A perfectly put together course that was a pleasure to be a part of. In fact, I was disappointed when it ended – it left me wanting to continue my learning.’’

You can find a link to the testimonial, posted on LinkedIn by NEBOSH here.

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Sources Referenced:

Michelle Whitney, BA (Hons)

RRC Digital Marketing Assistant, Blogger & Writer 

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