The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health is a UK-based examination board offering qualifications and courses in health, safety, environment and well-being management. It was founded in 1979 and has charitable status.
The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) is a UK-based examination board offering qualifications and courses in health, safety, environment and well-being management.
It was founded in 1979 and has charitable status. It offers a range of qualifications and courses from introductory to professional level. Around 400,000 people worldwide held a NEBOSH qualification as of 2019.
Qualifications and courses are delivered by NEBOSH's network of approximately 600 accredited Learning Partners, which are located in countries around the world.
NEBOSH qualifications are recognised by relevant professional membership bodies including the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).
In 2014 NEBOSH received the Queen's Award for Enterprise for Outstanding Achievement in International Trade.
In 1974, the Health and Safety at Work Act laid down general principles for the management of health and safety at work in Britain. This legislation, together with the establishment of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Health and Safety Commission (HSC) (now merged), led to more emphasis being placed on occupational safety and health by UK employers from the mid-1970s onwards. As a result, the role of the health and safety officer and health and safety manager became more widespread in British workplaces.
To meet a need for the provision of vocational qualifications in the area of occupational safety and health, NEBOSH was established in September 1979, operating from the offices of IOSH in Leicester.
At the time, the NEBOSH board, led by founding chairman Professor Richard Booth, set out its primary objective: "To improve the quality & quantity of people with vocational qualifications in Occupational Safety and Health".
The first NEBOSH Associate level and Member level examinations took place in June 1980. Candidates sat five papers; Law; Behavioural Science; Techniques of Safety Management; Occupational Health & Hygiene and General Science.
By October 1981 membership of the NEBOSH board had grown and included representatives from IOSH, UK government departments, various teaching establishments and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). Recognition of NEBOSH qualifications also began to grow around this time. In June 1982, 140 people registered for their NEBOSH Ordinary level certificate and 84 for the Higher level certificate. By 1986, NEBOSH had increased the number of annual examination sessions from two to three.
In February 1987 NEBOSH introduced a new qualification structure, which included a certificate and a diploma. In 1988 the diploma level qualification was changed to feature four 3-hour exams and completion of a case study. Candidates scoring over 75% achieved a distinction.
In the early 1990s, NEBOSH began to formally separate itself from IOSH. In March 1992, NEBOSH incorporated as a limited company with Companies House. In April 1992, NEBOSH registered as a charity with the Charity Commission and appointed its first chief executive, Martin Shuttleworth, two months later.
In December 1992 the NEBOSH Specialist Environmental Diploma was launched, followed shortly by the NEBOSH Construction Certificate. In June 1997 NEBOSH introduced a "credit mark" to demonstrate a high score in an exam – sitting just below a "distinction." The two-part diploma was introduced in June 1998.
NEBOSH moved its offices to Meridian Business Park, Leicester in 1999.
Stephen Vickers took up the position of NEBOSH Chief Executive in April 2000. Six months later the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) – now The Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) accredited NEBOSH as an awarding body. In March 2001, designatory letters were introduced for holders of NEBOSH higher level awards.
In September 2001, almost 22 years after the formation of NEBOSH, Dolores Lavander of West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) became the 50,000th NEBOSH examination candidate. A presentation to mark the occasion was held at WMFS headquarters.
Two new qualifications, the NEBOSH Fire Certificate and NEBOSH International General Certificate were launched in March 2005.
Teresa Budworth took up the role of Chief Executive in March 2006. Two months later the first NEBOSH graduation ceremony took place at the University of Warwick. A further landmark was achieved in June 2006 when the 100,000th NEBOSH General Certificate was awarded to David Marsh.
In October 2006, NEBOSH moved offices to its current location of 5 Dominus Way, Meridian Business Park, Leicester. The new building was formally opened by the then Secretary of State for Health,