Definitions In Nebosh International General Certificate

Nebosh IGC Definitions

  • Hazards
  • Risks
  • Accident
  • Incident
  • Near Misses
  • Dangerous Occurances

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The definitions in nebosh igc syllabus as follows:


“An event that includes all undesired circumstances and “ear misses” that has potential to cause accidents”.
e.g mechanical failure of crane during lifting operations.


“An undesired or unwanted event which resulted in property damage and physical injury or damage to the environment”
e.g. falling of reversing vehicle in the excavation site.

Near Misses:

“An undesired event that could have resulted in injury or loss but did not.
e.g. a worker running down the stair slipped but regains balance with hand rails.


“Anything or something which has the potential to cause harm to humar or the environment”.
e.g. trailing cables on the walkway.

Risk :

“The likelihood that the harm will occur and the severity of the harm” or risk is the combinaiton of hazard, hazardous event and the consequences of the harm”.
e.g. a mobile elevated working platform operated near over head powerlines ( here the likelihood that contact with overhead powerlines and severity is worker getting electrocuted).

Dangeours Occurances:

“Incident where there is high potential to cause death and injury, these high potential incidents has to be reported to relevant authority (RIDDOR – Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurances Regulations 2013)