As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, businesses and individuals in all sectors are facing the challenges of resuming business head on.  The maintenance of social distancing guidelines and the implementation of the necessary health and safety measures will be extremely challenging, which is one of the primary reasons we introduced our own online course options.

For many this will be a relief however we recognise that for some, particularly for those who have been furloughed without full pay and those that have lost their jobs/contracts, this will be an extremely difficult period.

So, we thought it was time to run a free competition to lighten the load just a little.

The prize

We are offering the chance to win a £399 Goldcross Training voucher – the voucher can be used in a variety of different ways i.e. you can take one course or you can take multiple courses (up to the value of the voucher) and you can spend it on either ‘online’ or ‘classroom’ based training.

Importantly you don’t have to be an existing Goldcross customer, the competition is open to all – so whether you are:

  1. An existing; tradesman, specialist, operative, labourer or first aider
  2. Someone who is thinking of entering the; construction, rail, engineering or safety related sectors

this may be an ideal opportunity for you to cover your current training expenses or perhaps take those first steps in gaining the required qualifications to enter a new industry/sector.

How can You win?

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is:

  • Like the Goldcross Training ‘Facebook Page’ (note page not post, but happy with both if you wish)  – visit:
  • Scroll down the page to the one of our recent competition posts
  • Share the post and ‘tag’ two friends in the comments section of the post.

Good Luck!

Terms and Conditions

The voucher will valid for 12 months and the winner will be announced on 31st July.

The voucher can only be redeemed against a Goldcross Training provided training course.

The voucher has no redeemable ‘cash value’ and can only be redeemed by the named winner of the competition.

Rishi Sunak has continued to put construction at the heart of the ‘Covid-19’ recovery with a pledge to invest £3bn in order to support in the region of 140,000 jobs.

A £1 billion programme is to be put in place to improve the energy efficiency of ageing public sector buildings throughout the country and a further £2bn package will provide grants for ‘greener’ homes, enabling houseowners (including landlords) to play their part in meeting climate change targets by improving the energy efficiency of existing housing stock.

It didn’t stop there with the chancellor clearly recognising that the construction sector will play a vital role in driving forward the economic recovery post coronavirus he also cut stamp duty across England and Northern Ireland, raising the threshold to £500,000 on all property sales up to March 2021, stating:

“One of the most important sectors for job creation is housing.  The construction sector adds £39 billion a year to the UK economy, with house building alone supporting nearly three quarter of a million jobs – with millions more relying on the availability of housing to find work.”

“But property transactions fell by 50% in May and house prices have fallen for the first time in eight years.  We need people feeling confident – confident to buy, sell, renovate, move and improve.  That will drive growth and create jobs.”

Matthew Pratt (the Chief Executive at Redrow), said: “We welcome today’s stamp duty holiday as a positive step to stimulate the housing market and wider economy. The measures will have a much-needed domino effect, also supporting suppliers, subcontractors and consultants to the house building industry.”

Additional schemes were also announced to aid employment, with a particular focus on ‘youth employment’:

One scheme, the Jobs Retentions Bonus, is promising payments of £1,000 to companies for each employee that they bring back staff from furlough and keep them in work until the end of January 2021. Employees must earn above the Lower Earnings Limit (£520 per month) on average between the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the end of January 2021.

Another scheme, the Kickstart Scheme, involves the creation of a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment.   The funding available will cover 100% of the relevant ‘national minimum wage’ for a 25 hours a week, and also cover the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.  That equates to a grant of around £6,500 for each placement.

Pledges were also made to provide £2,000 to employers for every new apprentice hired under the age of under 25 and £1,500 for apprentices over the age of 25 – between August 2020 and January 2021.

The Chancellor further stated:  “If you stand by your workers we will stand by you. Our plan has a clear goal: to protect, support and create jobs. It will give businesses the confidence to retain and hire. To create jobs in every part of our country. To give young people a better start. To give people everywhere the opportunity of a fresh start.”

Whilst there will always be detractors and some that think the chancellor should have gone further, here at Goldcross we think this is a good step in the right direction to getting the economy moving and boosting the all important construction sector.

We also think its time to start seeking and making the best of available opportunities, so make sure your training is up-to-date and that you are in the best position to take advantage of investment in the sector – who knows this may be the ideal time to consider a career change or a ‘step-up’.  If that is the case we can help, simply give one of our training advisors a call on: 0203 633 5505 or drop us an email at: to discuss your training requirements.  Alternatively go straight to our course schedule to book directly.


Provisional figures from the HSE indicate that fatal injuries to individuals whilst at work in Great Britain reduced by 38 this year to 111, the lowest annual level on record.

Clearly that is good news however statistically speaking it is likely that Covid-19 will have had an impact here, certainly throughout March and possibly February, as such it remains to be seen as to whether there has been a major shift in the ‘inherent dangerousness of workplaces’.  Notably as a result of Covid-19 these figures also don’t include those fatalities that may have occurred in workplaces controlled by local authorities, which will be provided for later this month.

Construction Stands Out Again?

Construction was one of the few sectors that saw an increase in the number of fatalities up from thirty one (31) in 2018/19 to forty (40) in 2019/20 which lifted it above the five year average of thirty seven (37).  Although importantly it should also be noted that a comparison of the ‘rate of fatal injuries’ by selected main industry groups (per 100,000 workers) places construction well behind: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, and Waste and Recycling.

Fatalities by Sector

These figures do not include deaths resulting from: natural causes, road traffic accidents, any form of commuting or service with the armed forces whilst on duty. Neither do they include (importantly!) those fatalities that result from occupational diseases.

In addition, it was reported that ninety two (92) members of the public also lost their lives as a result of work-related activity.

Fatal Accident Type

The most common type of fatal accident continues to be the result of: falls from height (29) and being struck by a moving vehicle (20) or by a moving object (18) which accounted for approximately 60% of deaths in 2019/20.


Age and Gender Continues to Have an Impact

As in previous reporting periods the vast majority of fatalities 108 (97%) were reported to be male workers.
Significantly 27% of fatalities were recorded from individuals above the age of 60 even though they constitute only 10% of the overall workforce and individuals above the age of 65 were found to be 4 x more likely to suffer fatality in the workplace than an individual under the age of 60.


Long Term Trend

Whilst there has been a considerable reduction in the fatalities that occur annually as a result of work place activity (there were 495 such fatalities reported in 1981), the last ten years have seen minimal improvement, with the average number of workers killed annually over the last five years being 137.

Occupational Diseases

It is difficult to ascertain these figures directly as they typically occur many years after exposure and although we are now better able to record deaths related to specific diseases such as asbestos related cancer (mesothelioma) of which 2,446 such deaths were recorded in 2018, other deaths relating to occupational disease still require estimation.
This year’s report estimates that in the region of 13,000 deaths occur each year as a result of occupational lung disease and cancer due to past exposure, primarily to chemicals and dust within the workplace.

Additional Key Facts

Key Facts


Whilst it may sound harsh – little appears to have changed over the last five years with the downward trend in workplace accidents plateauing. This year’s reduction in fatalities is clearly a welcome positive but it remains to be seen if it remains at this level once local authority figures are added and the full impact of Covid-19 assessed.

Once again there are clear statistical indications that fatalities in the workplace are heavily impacted by: industrial sector, gender, age and activity. The later being of particular concern as the state pension age is pushed back for individuals resulting in them inevitably being required to work until they are older.

The number of deaths resulting annually from past exposure to health-related hazards in the workplace are considerably greater than the headline figures surrounding fatal accidents but sadly these are often overlooked as individuals understandably look to the ‘here and now’ as the future seems a long way off.

The figures continue to suggest that employers must do more to challenge themselves and their line managers in a number of areas, not least:

  • Do your H&S procedures adequately address those activities highlighted in the report as high risk (i.e. working at height, traffic management, etc)?
  • How does your H&S policy provide for older workers? How do you determine their ability, fitness and competence to undertake tasks or operate in certain areas?
  • Have you fully considered the impact of: dust, fume and the variety of chemicals in use within your work place?
  • Are you undertaking the necessary monitoring to identify the true extent of the hazards your employees face in the workplace?
  • Are you providing enough health monitoring on behalf of your employees to ascertain the impact of exposure?
  • Are your H&S audits suitable and sufficient? Do you ensure that appropriate PPE is not only provided but in use and that activities are being undertaken in accordance with procedures?
  • Are you ensuring that your sub-contractors (where appropriate) are meeting their statutory duties?

Huge improvements have been made with regard to workplace health and safety over a number of decades but the fact that those improvements appear to have plateaued is cause for concern.

Employers of all sizes (in all sectors) must of course continue to ensure that they not only have a suitable and sufficient safety program in place but they must also ensure that they are also providing the necessary training to individuals within their workforce, at the right time and irrespective of age or gender.

*Review the full report produced by the Health and Safety Executive.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning against the use of KN95 facemasks as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

A safety alert has been issued today, Thursday 11 June 2020, urging all employers and suppliers not to purchase or use KN95 facemasks as PPE.

KN95 is a performance rating that is broadly equivalent to the EU standard for FFP2 facemasks. Products manufactured to KN95 requirements rely on a self-declaration of compliance by the manufacturer. There is no independent certification or assurance of their quality.

This respirator has been identified as suspect by HSE experts and locally arranged testing has confirmed they would not meet requirements, including to protect against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. About 90% of the PPE concerns and queries currently being received by HSE involve KN95 masks which are often accompanied by fake or fraudulent paperwork.

HSE has quarantined around 1.5 million KN95 masks, prevented 25 million items claiming to be FFP3 respirators entering the supply chain and prevented a further four lines consisting of many millions of items entering the supply chain.

Rick Brunt, HSE’s director of operational strategy said: “The KN95 facemask should not be purchased or used.

“KN95 has not been a principal source of PPE for the NHS, who has already made the decision not to supply this respirator to frontline clinicians fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have found that the lack of independent testing has contributed to there being a substantial quantity of inadequate and poor-quality masks on the market, claiming to comply with the KN95 standard.

“We understand a lot of people, mainly in sectors outside of healthcare, have bought these facemasks without realising they are non-compliant. We are concerned that people wearing them are not being protected from breathing in harmful substances in the way they expect. Protective equipment must protect.”

Domestic, European and international organisations continue to raise concerns regarding KN95 masks, including details of counterfeit and illegal products. HSE is working to remove them from the supply chain with colleagues in the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), Border Force, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and Trading Standards to identify manufacturers and suppliers of these masks and prevent them entering the UK.

The safety alert does not relate to N95 masks which are manufactured to a US Standard and have been given permission for use specifically in UK healthcare settings.

Full details of the alert can be found here.

Full Copyright: HSE Press Release, 11/06/2020

Major changes are now taking place with the NEBOSH General Certificate, one of the organisations most recognisable and trusted qualifications.  NEBOSH say these changes have been made to make the qualification more ‘learner friendly’ by utilising language that is easier to understand and to make sure it provides immediate benefits to employers.

Both the National and International versions have been revamped with a fresh new syllabus created with the assistance of over 3,000 leading experts, organisations, learners and learning partners in an effort to ensure that it provides for health and safety in the modern workplace.

The Reasons Behind the Change?



How has the Course Changed?

NEBOSH have clearly listened to what businesses have said they need and have designed and streamlined a new syllabus with content that represents the role of a real-life health and safety professional in the modern workplace.  Importantly they have also paid particular attention to their learners and have updated the language to make it easier for people to understand and changed the structure so that there is a greater focus on practical application rather than exams.

The new specification now consists of 2 units, the:

  • NG1 – a taught unit with a written exam to assess what you know
  • NG2 – a practical unit with an assignment to assess what you can do 

A quick comparison highlights that the following changes have taken place:

Current Version New Version
  1.  Management of Health and Safety
  2.  Controlling Workplace Hazards
  3.  A practical workplace inspection and report.
  1.  Management of Health and Safety
  2.  Risk Assessment
Study Time NEBOSH recommend 80 hours of tuition time and 53 hours of private study time. Suggesting a minimum requirement of 133 hours across the whole course. NEBOSH recommends 68 hours of tuition time and 40 hours of private study time.  Suggesting a minimum of 108 hours across the whole course. This is 25 hours less for the new version.
Examinations Unit 1 & 2 both have examinations of a two hour duration. Their will now be one examination of two hours in length covering the unit one content (Management of Health and Safety).

The unit two (Controlling Workplace Hazards) will now be assessed via a practical post-course risk assessment project that the learner carries out at their own workplace (see below).

Practical Assessment A workplace inspection and the production of a written report to management. A risk assessment at your place of work, consisting of four parts:

  1. Description of organisation and risk assessment methodology:
  2. The risk assessment itself:
  3. Prioritisation of the three most serious hazards:
  4. Reviewing, communicating and checking the risk assessment.

Click here to view the new NEBOSH guidance on the requirement.

Command Words The exam questions make use of what NEBOSH call ‘command words’:

  • Identify
  • Outline
  • Describe
  • Explain
  • Give

Requiring individuals to learn what each command word means, as well as many aspects of health and safety!

NEBOSH considers that the new exams use a less formal language that is easier to understand and they have produced an example in the new format.

An example of the new exam paper can be downloaded here.


Is My Current Qualification Still Valid?

If you have previously been awarded the NEBOSH General Certificate it is still valid and can still be used to apply for membership of organisations such as IOSH and the IIRSM.  More importantly however, is your CPD up to date?  If not it wouldn’t hurt to consider undertaking the new syllabus to bring you up to date.

If you are considering undertaking your NEBOSH General Certificate why not give us a call on: 0203 633 5505, email us at: or book directly at:



As companies and individuals return to work this is a subject area that most will have to grapple with.  But let’s be clear this is a common process (at least it should be?) , one that most companies and their employees will have followed on many occasions – after all it is a legal requirement.

Like all ‘hazards’ the impact of Covid-19 will vary from company to company, dependent on; the work requirements/activities being undertaken and the manner in which individuals are exposed to it.  Additionally, as is the norm, companies and organisations will also have their own particular methodology to follow in completing a risk assessment.

Assessors should not lose sight of the basics i.e. who is doing what and how, where they are doing it, why are they doing it and what equipment are they are using – as with all risk assessments a thorough understanding of the tasks or activities is vital to assess exposure and to qualify any subsequent control requirements, hence individuals involved in the task should be involved in the assessment.

The risk assessment should clearly recognise the virus as a hazard and should reflect that it is spread in minute water droplets expelled from the body through; sneezing, coughing, talking and breathing.  It should also be recognised that the virus:

  • can be transferred to the hands and to surfaces.
  • it can survive on surfaces for a period of time after transfer (depending on such things as the surface type, its moisture content and temperature).

The risk assessment should also conclude that if it is passed from one person to another, whilst the vast majority of invividuals survive infection, some individuals may die and hence it should be regarded as a high hazard.

Perhaps the most difficult aspect here will be determining how exposed individuals will be and hence there are many questions you may wish to consider:-

  • While at work how might employees meet people with the disease, how frequently and for how long?
  • How do employees travel to work and does this expose them to public crowds?
  • Do you know which employees have vulnerable medical conditions that make them more susceptible to the disease? Which of your employees are from a BAME background? What is the age of your employees?
  • How do you capture this information?
  • Do you know which employees have people in their households who may have increased exposure to the disease?
  • If someone in an employee’s household must isolate, what will you require your employee to do?
  • Where are employees meeting people who may have the disease and does this increase exposure (e.g. in a confined space, in a well-ventilated environment or outside)?

The above list is not exhaustive and you may well need to consider additional aspects dependant upon the activities/tasks being considered.

Once you have assessed the ‘likelihood’ as is normal you can begin to consider how appropriate controls can be used to provide mitigation and how they might be implemented, as always the ‘safety hierarchy of Control’ is a useful tool in determining what can actually be achieved.


Image Courtesy of: IOSH, 2020

In this particular instance ‘Administrative controls’ will almost certainly provide the best options for the majority of organisations although some Engineering controls such as the implementation of ‘physical barriers’ may be achievable for some organisations.  The selected controls should be ‘suitable and sufficient’ and give consideration to how you will keep the workplace and equipment clean, adjust your working practices to avoid congregation/maintain social distancing and ensure people are kept safe.

Importantly you should not lose sight of the regular safety and health risks posed by your operations and activities – it is vital that you maintain effective control of exposure to these risks too.

The Institution of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) has produced a very useful free guide to assist organisations and their assessors in undertaking a Covid-19 risk assessment which is available here.

Research suggests that in Britain nearly 800 people die a year from lung cancer caused by breathing in silica dust at work.  In the European Union, around 7,000 cases of lung cancer are caused by this carcinogen annually.  Worldwide, it’s estimated that millions of employees are exposed to silica dust.

Silica dust is created when the ‘crystalline silica’ in materials such as stone, mortar or tiles is broken down and released.  It happens when you drill, saw, cut, grind or sand the products – or work on them in any way that disturbs the natural silica content.

Through ‘No Time to Lose’, a new cross-industry commitment to tackle silica dust in the workplace has been agreed. Industry leaders, academics and safety and health experts have committed to a 12-month drive to tackle the issue and you can read about their committment here.

Silica dust is only harmful when it is inhaled deep into your lungs, where oxygen is taken up into the blood, hence sitting on a sandy beach won’t cause any respiratory harm because any sand particles breathed in will generally be much too big to go beyond your nose or upper airways.  But as a very fine airborne dust, silica can be very dangerous and it is the respirable fraction that is hazardous.

Respirable particles are typically less than around 5 micrometers in size, you can compare this to the ‘full stop’ at the end of this sentence, which is around 200–300 micrometers in diameter, and the finest sand on the beach, which is about 50–70 micrometers.  In fact individual silica dust particles are so small that they are invisible to the naked eye in normal light – so you can have relatively high airborne concentrations without even being aware that the dust is being inhaled.

In 1996, the International Agency for Research on Cancer reviewed the scientific evidence and concluded that crystalline silica in the form of quartz or cristobalite dust is carcinogenic to humans – it is classified as a Group 1 carcinogen, meaning it is a definite cause of cancer in humans.

Exposure to silica dust occurs in many industries and common scenarios where people may be exposed include:- breaking, crushing, grinding or milling silica-containing material such as concrete, aggregate or mortar- drilling, cutting, chiselling or sanding silica-containing material- dealing with cement- moving earth, eg excavating, mining, quarrying or tunnelling- abrasive blasting or sandblasting- laying, maintaining or replacing ballast- handling, mixing or shovelling dry materials that include silica- using silica, sand or silica-containing products in the manufacturing process of glass and other non-metallic mineral products- using sand as a moulding medium in foundries- using silica flour (a finely ground form of crystalline silica)- dry sweeping up after a task where silica dust has been created.

Despite the level of exposure however only 16% of UK Construction Professionals believe that construction workers are aware of the risks they face in breathing in dust!

Stay Safe & Get the full factsheet here:  RESPIRABLE CRYSTALLINE SILICA: THE FACTS (IOSH)

Goldcross Training are supporting the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) #Dustbuster campaign in a bid to raise awareness about occupational lung disease within the construction industry.  The campaign will run from the 17th June – 12th July 2019 and the HSE are providing a range of free resources to help businesses and workers:

  • Know the risk
  • Plan their work
  • Use the right controls when working with dust

Throughout the campaign, the HSE will be targeting firms across Great Britain in a new series of inspections focusing on dust control, particularly in industries where occupational lung diseases (including in some cases occupational cancers are more common) such as: construction, woodworking and food manufacturing.

HSE Inspectors will be visiting business across the country to see first hand the measures that have been put in place to protect worker’s lungs from the impact of dust.  They will be looking for evidence of: both businesses and their workers knowing the risks linked to asbestos, silica, wood and flour dust (as applicable), that they are planning their work appropriately and using the right controls. Where considered necessary the HSE will use enforcement to make sure people are protected.

Recently released figures indicate that there are:

  • 12,000 estimated deaths related to lung disease per annum due to past exposure through work
  • 20,000 new cases of breathing or lung related problems (caused or made worse by work) are reported on average per annum

Additionally there were considered to be:

  • 2,595 deaths directly related to Mesothelloma with a similar number of ‘lung cancer’ related deaths being linked to asbestos exposure – these death rates are projected to continue for the rest of the decade.

How lung diseases contributes to the current estimated work related death rate can be seen at figure 1:

Sadly despite the effort that has gone into identifying and providing for asbestos related hazards in recent years individuals and their families are still experiencing the impact of exposure to it today, despite the fact that its use was banned within the UK some 20 years ago.  

This is one of the major reasons that Goldcross consider campaigns of this type to be of such importance particularly as the hazards related to both dust and fume rarely result in injury but almost always in chronic illness that will impact individuals considerably later in life.  Hence wilst it is vitally important to both realise and provide for the risks of asbestos it is equally important to consider dust and fume resulting from any activity within the workplace in order to ensure that appropriate control measures are put in place and exposure misimised, so that workers and visitors remain safe. 

Goldcross helps to achieve this through the provision of a range of education and training such as the suite of CITB: Site Safety Plus courses and the IOSH Managing Safely course.


It is vitally important when undertaking any type of training course to ensure that you learn the course content to the best of your ability in order to give yourself the best possible chance of successfully completing any form of assessment – NEBOSH examinations are no different.

There is however another important aspect to consider when undertaking NEBOSH examinations and that is the use of ‘command words’ by the examining body.

Understanding NEBOSH ‘command’ words and what they mean can be the difference between a ‘pass or fail’ and delegates often have problems in determining what is meant by them – in short they are ‘action verbs’ and they provide an indicator with regard to how the examining body expect the question to be answered.

This is a short guide based on five examples contained in current NEBOSH Resources on how to recognise the ‘command words’ that you are likely to come across when undertaking the NEBOSH National General Certificate.

Command Word One:-   Identify

Meaning:  To give to reference to an item, which could be its name or title.

Type of answer required:  Normally a single word or short phrase answer is enough provided it is clear and concise.

Example Question:  Identify FOUR hazards associated with excavations?


  • Underground Services
  • Collapse of the sides
  • Falling materials
  • Water ingress

Command Word Two:-   Give

Meaning:  To provide factual, short answers, such as an example or the meaning of something.

Type of answer required:  Normally a single word, phrase or sentence is sufficient.

Example Question:  Identify FOUR types of safety sign AND give an example in EACH case?


  • Mandatory Signs – e.g. Wear Ear Protection
  • Warning signs – e.g. Caution Hot Surface
  • Prohibition signs – e.g. no smoking
  • Emergency or Safe Condition Signs – e.g. first-aid box

Command Word Three:-  Outline

Meaning:  To provide a short summary of the principal (important) features or different parts

Type of answer required:  Note an exhaustive description is not required, just a brief summary of the major aspects of whatever is stated in the question

Example QuestionOutline FOUR hazards associated with excavations?


  • Underground Services – Contact with or rupturing of electricity, gas or water utilities
  • Collapse of the sides – Unsupported trench or incorrect angle of the sides
  • Falling materials – Spoil dug from excavation or materials and tools stored at ground level could fall in
  • Water ingress – Through heavy rain or burst water main

Command Word Four:-  Describe

Meaning:  To give a detailed information about the primary features of something or a subject, without trying to fully explain its operation or purpose. 

Type of answer required:  A description that is sufficient to allow an individual (in this case the examiner) to visualise what you are describing without attempting to explain.

Example Question:  Describe the mechanical hazards associated with a bench grinder?

An entanglement hazard would be associated with the rotating spindle that the abrasive wheel is mounted on. Drawing in and trapping is associated with the gap between the tool rest and the rotating abrasive wheel. Friction or abrasion hazards would be associated with the surface of the rotating abrasive wheel and stabbing or puncture hazards could be created by flying fragments or pieces of ejected broken wheel.

Command Word Five:-  Explain

Meaning:  To give the reader an understanding and or make an idea/relationship clear to them

Type of answer required:  An explanation that sufficiently demonstrates a delegates knowledge or understanding with regard to ‘why or how’ something happens. The appropriate use of examples may be useful in answering such questions.

Example QuestionExplain how sensitive protective equipment (trip device) can reduce the risk of contact with moving parts of machinery?

Sensitive protective equipment is designed to identify the presence of a person or body part within the danger zone of machinery. Examples of such devices include pressure mats and light beams which are connected to the machine controls and would stop the machine rapidly should a person or body part be detected.


Command words are specifically associated with the learning outcomes and assessment objectives of a qualification.  Knowledge of them is not only beneficial in answering exam questions but they can also be a very useful revision aid in confirming your knowledge and understanding of a specific topic.

Delegates should not let command words confuse them and they should not lose sight of what the question is asking them.  Delegates need to consider the following factors for each question posed:

  • What is the command word?
  • What do I need to say to gain marks?
  • What is or is not relevant to the question?

Use command words as a guide when answering questions which will enable you to demonstrate in your exams the level of knowledge and understanding you have regarding a topic.

The simplified guide above will help you understand what is required by each command word but better still review the NEBOSH guide in full alongside the specific course learning outcomes and assessment objectives.

When booking onto our NEBOSH Courses, our instructors will set delegates homework to help prepare them for the examination and this will include the use and understanding of ‘command words’.  Additionally Goldcross runs specific NEBOSH revision days for the benefit of all its delegates at very competitive prices.

Fell free to give us a call on: 0203 633 5505 or send us an email to discuss your NEBOSH training needs in more detail at: