Brief about NEBOSH IGC Exam Technique, with Action words example

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To Pass NEBOSH IGC you need to perform well during the exam. You only have two hours and your performance will be related to two key factors

  • The amount that you can remember about the elements you have studied and
  • Your success in applying that knowledge to an exam situation.
The IGC 1 and IGC 2 exam consists of two sections.
  • Section 1 contains one question which is likely to have a number of sub parts. This question is worth 20 Marks
  • Section 2 contain ten questions with each question being worth 8 Marks.

REMEMBER – There is no choice of questions in the exam. All question are compulsory.

NEBOSH recommends you spend About half an hour in Section 1 About one and a half hours on Section 2.

Exam Technique

  • Read the question carefully. Minimum 2 to 3 times.
  • Monitor the time.
  • Consider the marks available. For each mark to be awarded the examiner will expect a piece of information to award the mark against.
  • Pay attention to the action words

Action Words for NEBOSH International General Certificate Exams


  • Give an example of; Give the meaning of.
Give the meaning of the term “permit to work”?
  • It forms part of a safe system of work to control high risk work activities such as hot works. A permit system formalizes the control of high risk work to ensure that all the risk has been identified, all the precautions put in place and that appropriate information has been communicated to all relevant parties. It is used to control hot works, electrical system, heavy machinery work, maintenance work, confined spaces and work at height.


  • To give reference to an item which could be its name or title
  • Normally a word or phrase will be sufficient, the reference is clear.
Identify FOUR hazards associated with excavations?
  • Collapse of the sides
  • Water ingress
  • Falling materials
  • Underground services
Identify FOUR types of safety sign AND give an example in EACH case?
  • Prohibition signs – e.g. No smoking
  • Warning signs – e.g. Caution hot surface
  • Mandatory signs – e.g. Wear ear protection
  • Emergency or safe condition signs – e.g. First-aid box


  • To indicate the principal features or different part of
  • An exhaustive description is not required. What Is sought is a brief summary of the major aspects of whatever is stated in the question.
Outline FOUR hazards associated with excavations?
  • Collapse of the sides Unsupported trench or incorrect angle of the sides.
  • Water ingress Through heavy rain or burst water main.
  • Falling materials Spoil dug from excavation or materials and tools stored at ground level could fall in.
  • Underground services Contact or rupturing of electricity, gas or water utilities.


  • To give a detailed written account of the distinctive features of a subject.
  • The account should be factual, without any attempt to explain.
  • When describing a subject (or object) a test of sufficient detail would be that another person would be able to visualize what you are describing.
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.
  • In all of the describe answers above, no attempt is made to explain how a bench grinder works or how a person could be injured using an abrasive wheel.


  • To provide an understanding. To make an idea or relationship clear.
  • This command word is testing the candidate’s ability to know or understand why or how something happens.
  • Is often associated with the words ‘how’ or ‘why’.
Explain 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 that are connected to the machine controls and would stop the machine rapidly should a person or body part be detected.

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