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Your guide to the electronic open assessment syllabus

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Introduction

General guidance on the structure and methodology of the Questions in Part A of the assessment are based on learning
Electronic Open Assessment is provided elsewhere, and it is outcomes and principles, rather than on specific legislation,
not the purpose of this guidance to repeat this in its entirety. judicial or enforcement methodologies. Questions in Part
B have a potentially wider remit. Although there are some
As a general reminder, the Electronic Open Assessment is references to UK/EU instruments and practice, the candidate
divided into two parts. Part A consists of multiple choice- does have the option to base his/her answer on his/her own
type questions, marked automatically by computer software. national legislation/practice where there is an equivalent to
Once this has been passed successfully, Part B can be UK issues, and should indicate if they have opted to do this
attempted, consisting of two open-scenario-based questions. in their registration for the assessment. This can then be
taken into account when marking takes place. Aspects of
The following syllabus details the subject matter with which the syllabus where this is an option, for Part B questions only,
the candidate needs to make him/herself aware. Success in are indicated with words such as ‘or national equivalent’.
the assessment is very unlikely without adequate research
and revision of the following syllabus.

In producing this syllabus, the aim has been to test


sufficiently the underpinning knowledge of UK candidates,
and the ability to apply this, while at the same time
accommodating the needs of non-UK candidates. This is not
an easy task, and the following protocol has been adopted
to enable this to be achieved.

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Syllabus
Element 1 – Promote a positive health and safety culture

Learning outcomes 1.4 Health and safety culture and climate


You’ll need to demonstrate that you can: - Meanings of ‘health and safety culture’ and ‘health and
1.1 Outline the health and safety roles and responsibilities safety climate’
within organisations - The relevance of cultural factors and associated values to
1.2 Identify various internal and external influences on individual differences
health and safety within an organisation - Basic organisational structures and organisational role
1.3 Explain how organisations should work with employees cultures
in consultation processes - The indicators of culture and the correlation between
1.4 Outline how to assess the health and safety culture and health and safety culture and climate and health and
climate of an organisation safety performance; the subjective and objective nature
1.5 Describe how an organisation’s health and safety of culture and climate
culture and climate may be improved - The measurement of culture and climate, eg attitude
1.6 Explain how to review and promote a health and safety surveys, ‘prompt lists’, findings of incident investigations,
culture and climate effectiveness of communication, evidence of commitment
by personnel at all levels in an organisation
Topics covered by the electronic open assessment
In your assessment, you may be asked questions on the 1.5 Improving health and safety culture and climate
following topics. - The factors that may promote a positive health and
safety culture or climate, eg management commitment
1.1 Roles and responsibilities and leadership, high profile given to health and safety,
- How to organise the management of health and provision of information, involvement and consultation,
safety; the roles of each category of employee in the training, promotion of ownership, setting and meeting
development of a positive health and safety culture; and targets
the need for control, co-operation, communication and - The factors that may promote a negative health and
competence (HSG65 management model) safety culture or climate, eg structure reorganisations,
- The differences between organisational goals and lack of confidence in organisation’s objectives and
individual goals methods, uncertainty, management decisions that
- The integration of the goals of an organisation with the prejudice mutual trust or lead to ‘mixed signals’ regarding
needs of the individual commitment
- The roles and responsibilities of health and safety
practitioners and specialists 1.6 Reviewing health and safety culture
- The means of effecting change; planning and
1.2 Internal and external influences communication; advantages and disadvantages of
- The external influences on an organisation, eg legislation, a rapid and of a gradualist (step-by-step) approach;
government, enforcement agencies, tribunals, contracts direct and indirect action to promote change, including
and contractors, trade unions, insurance companies, cultural dividends from risk assessments; training and
public opinion performance measurements; importance of feedback
- The internal influences on an organisation, e.g. finance, - The problems and pitfalls, eg attempts to change culture
production targets, trade unions too rapidly, adopting too broad an approach, absence of
trust in communications, resistance to change
1.3 Consultation processes
- The role of consultation within the workplace Relevant UK statutory provisions
- Formal consultation: functions and rights of employee - Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, sections 2, 3
representatives (trade union-appointed or elected); and 4
functions of health and safety committees/groups/forums - Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
- Informal consultation with peer groups, safety circles, 1999
works and office committees - Construction (Design and Management) Regulations
- The role of health and safety practitioners and specialists 2007
in the consultative process - Occupiers’ Liability Acts 1957 and 1984
- The behavioural aspects associated with consultation, eg - Safety Representatives and Safety Committees
peer group pressures, potential areas of conflict Regulations 1977
- The development of positive consultative processes, - Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations
including the contributions of employee representatives 1989
and safety group members - Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees)
Regulations 1996

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Relevant ILO documents
- ILO Encyclopaedia of occupational health and safety
- Fundamental principles of occupational health and safety
- ILO-OSH 2001
- Convention on occupational health and safety 155
- Occupational safety and health recommendation 164

Relationship to UK NOS standards


This element covers, either wholly or partially, the
underpinning knowledge from NOS standards:

HSP1: Develop, implement and review the organisation’s


health and safety strategy
HSP2: Promote a positive health and safety culture

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Syllabus
Element 2 – Develop and implement health and safety
management systems

Learning outcomes 2.4 Third party control


You’ll need to demonstrate that you can: - The meaning of ‘third parties’
2.1 Explain the reasons for managing health and safety - The differences between contractors, visitors, trespassers
2.2 Explain the principles of an effective health and safety and members of the public
management system - The basic duties of organisations and third parties to each
2.3 Outline how to assess an organisation’s health and other
safety policy, how to identify areas which need to be - An organisation’s responsibilities for controlling hazards
revised, and how to help draft, implement and monitor associated with on-site contractors
a policy - The internal rules and procedures used in appointing and
2.4 Outline any legal obligations that an organisation controlling contractors
has towards third parties, and advise on effective - The provision of information relating to hazards and risks
arrangements to meet those obligations to third parties, eg contractors, visitors, the general public

Topics covered by the electronic open assessment Relevant UK statutory provisions


In your assessment, you may be asked questions on the - Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, sections 2 and 3
following topics. - Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
1999
2.1 Reasons for managing health and safety - Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations
- Moral reasons, eg duty of reasonable care, 1989
unacceptability of putting health and safety of people at - Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees)
risk, society’s attitude to moral obligations Regulations 1996
- Legal reasons, eg the preventive (by enforcement
notices), punitive (through criminal sanctions) and Relevant ILO documents
compensatory effects of law - ILO-OSH 2001
- Economic reasons, eg direct and indirect costs associated - Fundamental principles of occupational health and safety
with accidents, and effects on the continuing health of - Convention on occupational health and safety 155
an organisation - Occupational safety and health recommendation 164

2.2 Principles of an effective health and safety Relationship to UK NOS standards


management system This element covers, either wholly or partially, the
- The management models, eg HSG65, BS 8800, OHSAS underpinning knowledge from NOS standards:
18001, ILO-OSH 2001
- Health and safety management systems (BS 8800, HSP1: Develop, implement and review the organisation’s
HSG65, OHSAS 18001, ILO-OSH), quality management health and safety strategy
systems (BS EN ISO 9000 series), total quality HSP3: Develop and implement the health and safety policy
management and environmental management systems HSP4: Develop and implement effective communication
(BS EN ISO 14000 series), and discuss the arguments for systems for health and safety information
and against their integration HSP13: Influence and keep pace with improvements in
- The effect of the Turnbull Report health and safety practice
- The effective management of health and safety, including
the allocation of resources and responsibilities, setting
performance standards, and providing information and
training to minimise loss

2.3 Health and safety policy


- The role of the health and safety policy in relation to a
health and safety management system, and as a vehicle
for the effective communication of health and safety
information
- The legal or best practice requirements for a written
health and safety policy and for recording arrangements
- The general components of a health and safety policy
document:
• statement of intent
• organisation
• arrangements

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Syllabus
Element 3 – Human factors in health and safety

Learning outcomes 3.2 Perceptive processes


You’ll need to demonstrate that you can: - The human sensory receptors and their reaction to stimuli,
3.1 Describe the factors which are the cause of specific sensory defects and basic screening techniques
patterns of safe and unsafe behaviour in the work - The process of perception of danger; perceptual set and
environment perceptual distortion
3.2 Explain the differences between individual perceptive - The errors in perception caused by physical stressors
processes and their influence on risk assessment and - The perception and assessment of risk, perception and
decision-making the limitations of human performance, and filtering and
3.3 Explain the influence of job factors on human behaviour selectivity as factors in perception
3.4 Explain the relationship between the individual and the - Perception and sensory inputs (Hale and Hale model)
physical environment, and explain workplace interface - Individual behaviour in the face of danger (Hale and
factors likely to lead to errors, eg non-user-friendly Glendon model)
control panels, incorrect working height for machinery
3.5 Describe the main differences between organisational 3.3 Job factors
structures, their systems of control, their impact on - The importance of the level of risk involved
the behaviour, motivation and attitudes of individuals - The effects of patterns of employment, payment systems
towards health and safety; and the effect of social and and shift work
technological change on human factors and reliability - The application of task/job analysis to a workplace
3.6 Describe the range of techniques available for improving application
human reliability, including training and motivating
3.4 Workplace interface
Topics covered by the electronic open assessment - The meaning of ‘ergonomics’
In your assessment, you may be asked questions on the - The employee and the workstation as a system
following topics. - Elementary physiology and anthropometry
- The degradation of human performance resulting from
3.1 Factors affecting behaviour poorly designed workstations
- The complexity of human behaviour and the large range - Ergonomically-designed control systems and examples of
of factors affecting this applications, eg production process control panels, crane
- The main theories of human motivation provided by: cab controls, aircraft cockpits, CNC lathes
• F W Taylor - The relationship between physical stressors and human
• Mayo (Hawthorne experiments) reliability
• Maslow (hierarchy of needs) - The effects of fatigue and stress on human reliability
• Modern theory (complex)
- The HSG48 model in relation to human failure 3.5 Organisational structures
- The individual’s decision-making processes - The effect of the human factors within an organisation,
- Online and offline processing, knowledge, rule-based and with practical examples (inadequacies in policy,
skill-based behaviour (Rasmussen’s model) information, design, implementation)
- The psychological, sociological and anthropological factors - The role of formal and informal groups within an
leading to individual differences organisation, and the use of sociograms
- The meanings of ‘personality’, ‘attitude’, ‘aptitude’ and - Peer group pressures and norms
‘motivation’ in terms of human behaviour - Types of organisational communication
- The effects of experience, intelligence, education and - The procedures for resolving conflict and introducing
training on behaviour at work change
- The contribution of human error to major disasters - Workplace representation on safety committees/groups/
forums

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3.6 Improving human reliability Relevant ILO documents
- Techniques for improving human reliability - Convention on occupational health and safety 155
- Motivation and reinforcement, eg workplace incentive - Occupational safety and health recommendation 164
schemes, reward schemes, job satisfaction and appraisal - Fundamental principles of occupational health and safety
schemes
- The importance of interview, selection and on- and off- Relationship to UK NOS standards
the-job training This element covers, either wholly or partially, the
- The systematic training model and the principles of underpinning knowledge from NOS standards:
systematic training
- The stages in systematic training: HSP1: Develop, implement and review the organisation’s
• identify training needs health and safety strategy
• design training HSP4: Develop and implement effective communication
• carry out training systems for health and safety information
• evaluate training HSP5: Develop and maintain individual and organisational
competence in health and safety matters
Relevant UK statutory provisions HSP13: Influence and keep pace with improvements in health
- Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, sections 2 and 3 and safety practice
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
1999
- Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations
1977
- Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations
1989
- Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees)
Regulations 1996

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Syllabus
Element 4 – Develop and implement active/proactive
monitoring systems for health and safety

Learning outcomes 4.4 Biological monitoring


You’ll need to demonstrate that you can: - The meaning of ‘biological monitoring’
4.1 Explain the need for carrying out active (proactive) - The basic methods and the relative advantages and
monitoring and the techniques used disadvantages
4.2 Outline how to present and communicate monitoring
findings in an effective way 4.5 Health surveillance
4.3 Describe how to sample and measure airborne - The meaning of ‘health surveillance’
contaminants in the workplace atmosphere - The basic methods for a range of agents, eg lead,
4.4 Outline the requirements of biological monitoring dermatitic substances, radiation
4.5 Outline the requirements of health monitoring
4.6 Outline the requirements for monitoring and 4.6 Monitoring and maintaining control measures
maintaining control measures for hazardous substances - The visual inspection of engineering controls, eg local
4.7 Identify items of work equipment which are subject exhaust ventilation, enclosures, glove boxes
to a periodic/statutory examination, and describe the - The measurements for assessing the performance of local
nature of such examinations exhaust ventilation, and the methods and equipment for
4.8 Identify electrical equipment that requires inspection measuring capture velocities, face velocities, transport
and testing regimes, and describe the nature of such velocities and static pressures
regimes
4.9 Identify the principal examinations needed for 4.7 Statutory examinations
construction and demolition work - The purpose and nature of statutory examinations
4.10 Outline the principles of epidemiological techniques in - The need for competent persons, notification and record-
the health surveillance of the workforce keeping
- The types of inspection, and the frequencies and
Topics covered by the electronic open assessment statutory basis for examining cranes and accessories,
In your assessment, you may be asked questions on the hoists and lifts, simple pressure systems, power presses
following topics. and local exhaust ventilation

4.1 Active monitoring techniques 4.8 Electricity


- The objectives of active/proactive monitoring - The inspection and maintenance strategy for electrical
- The need for a range of active measures systems and equipment
- The key elements and features of workplace inspections, - Portable appliance inspection and testing
safety sampling, safety tours, surveys and audits
- How computer technology can be used in data storage, 4.9 Construction and demolition
analysis and the production of reports - The requirements for statutory inspection of scaffolds
- The distinction between, and applicability of, objective/ - The requirements for statutory inspection and
subjective and qualitative/ quantitative active examination of excavations
performance measures
4.10 Epidemiology
4.2 Presenting and communicating findings - The uses and limitations of epidemiological studies
- Appropriate textual and graphical reporting techniques - The different types of study – morbidity and mortality
statistics, cross-sectional surveys, case control studies,
4.3 Measuring airborne contaminants retrospective and prospective cohort studies – how they
- Types of sampling are carried out, and the relative merits of each
- Strategies for sampling - The application of epidemiological techniques to the
- Types of device for sampling vapours, eg activated health surveillance of a workforce
charcoal tubes and pumps
- Advantages and disadvantages of direct reading
instruments
- Stain tube (colourmetric) detectors and dust monitoring
(eg Tyndall beam), and their use and limitations
- Measurement principles for dusts (eg gravimetric,
chemical analysis), fibres (microscopy) and vapours
(chemical analysis)
- The importance of using standard methods (eg MDHS
series)

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Relevant UK statutory provisions
- Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006
- Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations
2002
- Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
1998
- Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000
- Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable
Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009
- Notification of New Substances Regulations 1993

Relevant ILO documents


- Asbestos convention 162
- Asbestos recommendation 172
- Code of practice – safety in the use of asbestos
- Chemicals convention 170
- Chemicals recommendation 177
- Code of practice – safety in the use of chemicals at work
- Code of practice – safety and health in construction

Relationship to UK NOS standards


This element covers, either wholly or partially, the
underpinning knowledge from NOS standards:

HSP4: Develop and implement effective communication
systems for health and safety information
HSP7: Develop, implement and review proactive monitoring
systems for health and safety information
HSP13: Influence and keep pace with improvements in
health and safety practice

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Syllabus
Element 5 – Develop and implement reactive
monitoring systems for health and safety

Learning outcomes 5.4 Reporting and recording accidents, ill health and
You’ll need to demonstrate that you can: dangerous occurrences
5.1 Explain the need for carrying out reactive monitoring - Statutory reporting requirements and procedures, and
5.2 Describe incident causation theories and analysis internal reporting and recording systems
techniques
5.3 Describe how to carry out investigations of injuries, 5.5 Reactive monitoring and measurement techniques
cases of occupational ill health, dangerous occurrences, - The distinctions between, and applicability of, objective/
incidents and near-misses; and how to collect the subjective and qualitative/quantitative reactive
information needed to identify immediate and performance measures
underlying causes - The range of reactive measures available to evaluate the
5.4 Outline how statutory requirements for reporting and health and safety performance of an organisation, and
recording injuries, ill health and dangerous occurrences how these can be used to review the effectiveness of the
are met safety management system
5.5 Describe reactive monitoring and measurement - How to compare recorded reactive performance data
techniques with those of similar organisations and industry sectors,
and with national/international performance data
Topics covered by the electronic open assessment  
In your assessment, you may be asked questions on the Relevant UK statutory provisions
following topics. - Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
1999
5.1 Reactive monitoring techniques - Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999
- The objectives of reactive monitoring - Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, section 2
- The need for a range of reactive measures - Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
- The limitations of relying on accident and ill health data - Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous
as performance measures Occurrences Regulations 1995
- The significance of accident and ill health rates as a
measure of performance Relevant ILO documents
- Occupational safety and health convention 155
5.2 Incident causation and analysis - Occupational safety and health recommendation 164
- Domino and multi-causality theories, accident ratio - Fundamental principles of occupational health and safety
studies and their limitations, immediate and underlying - Code of practice – recording and notification of
causes occupational accidents and diseases
- Methods for calculating injury and ill health rates (fatal - Prevention of major industrial accidents convention 174
accident rate, accident incidence rate, lost-time accident - Prevention of major industrial accidents recommendation
frequency, accident severity rate) from raw data 181
- The application of statistical and epidemiological analyses
in identifying patterns and trends Relationship to UK NOS standards
- How to present and interpret loss event data in graphical This element covers, either wholly or partially, the
and numerical format, using histograms, pie charts, line underpinning knowledge from NOS standards:
graphs, Normal and Poisson distributions
HSP4: Develop and implement effective communication
5.3 Purposes of, and procedures for, investigating systems for health and safety information
accidents and ill health HSP8: Develop, implement and review reactive monitoring
- The implied legal requirements and guidance on accident systems for health and safety
and ill health investigations HSP13: Influence and keep pace with improvements in
- The purpose of investigations, eg to discover underlying health and safety practice
causes, prevent recurrence, establish legal liability, gather
data and identify trends
- Investigation procedures and techniques, eg injury and ill
health report forms, gathering of relevant information,
interviewing witnesses, analysis of information,
involvement of managers, supervisors, employees’
representatives and others in the investigation process

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Element 6 – Develop and implement health and safety
emergency response systems and procedures

Learning outcomes Relevant ILO documents


You’ll need to demonstrate that you can: - Occupational safety and health convention 155
6.1 Describe the development, monitoring and - Occupational safety and health recommendation 164
maintenance of an organisation’s emergency and - Fundamental principles of occupational health and safety
contingency plans and procedures - Prevention of major industrial accidents convention 174
- Prevention of major industrial accidents recommendation
Topics covered by the electronic open assessment 181
In your assessment, you may be asked questions on the - ILO Encyclopaedia of occupational health and safety
following topics.
Relationship to UK NOS standards
6.1 Emergency planning This element covers, either wholly or partially, the
- Why emergency preparedness is needed in an underpinning knowledge from NOS standards:
organisation
- Consequence minimisation using emergency procedures, HSP1: Develop, implement and review the organisation’s
eg first aid, extinguishing fires, containing spills health and safety strategy
- Why contingency plans must be developed to reduce the HSP10: Develop and implement health and safety emergency
impact of an emergency on an organisation, including response systems and procedures
post-incident
- The purpose of, and essential requirements for,
evacuation procedures and drills, alarm evacuations and
roll calls

Relevant UK statutory provisions


- Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous
Occurrences Regulations 1995
- Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations
2002
- Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres
Regulations 2002
- Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
- Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006
- Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992

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Syllabus
Element 7 – Develop and implement health and safety
review and audit systems

Learning outcomes 7.4 Presenting and communicating findings


You’ll need to demonstrate that you can: - Competency of auditor(s) and a suitable audit tool for an
7.1 Identify the performance indicators that may be used in organisation
a review system - Textual and graphical reporting techniques
7.2 Outline how to review current management systems - Content and style of recommendations, and a timescale
7.3 Outline the nature, scope and frequency of health and for their implementation
safety audits in an organisation
7.4 Outline and communicate audit findings to Relevant UK statutory provisions
management in an effective way - Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
Topics covered by the electronic open assessment 1999
In your assessment, you may be asked questions on the
following topics. Relevant ILO documents
- Occupational safety and health convention 155
7.1 Performance indicators - Occupational safety and health recommendation 164
- Examples of performance indicators, eg accident - Fundamental principles of occupational health and safety
frequency rate, number of inspections carried out, actions
completed Relationship to UK NOS standards
This element covers, either wholly or partially, the
7.2 Review of current management systems underpinning knowledge from NOS standards:
- How to assess the effectiveness and appropriateness of
health and safety objectives and arrangements, including HSP1: Develop, implement and review the organisation’s
control measures health and safety strategy
- Changes that are needed to improve the efficient HSP9: Develop and implement a health and safety audit
and cost-effective working of the health and safety HSP11: Develop and implement health and safety review
management system systems
- Measures that can be used to evaluate the health and HSP13: Influence and keep pace with improvements in
safety performance of an organisation and review the health and safety practice
effectiveness of a safety management system, eg HSG65,
OHSAS 18001, ILO-OSH, benchmarking, accident
frequency rate
- Comparing recorded performance data with those of
similar organisations and industry sectors, and with
national/international performance data

7.3 Nature, scope and frequency of audits


- In-house and proprietary audit systems
- How to compare recorded performance data with those
of similar organisations and industry sectors, and with
national/international performance data

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Element 8 – Contribute to health and safety legal actions

Learning outcomes application of volenti non fit injuria where aid is given to
You’ll need to demonstrate that you can: a co-employee or third party
8.1 Explain the differences between sources and types of - Barkway v South Wales Transport Co Ltd [1950] 1 All ER
law, with reference to statute and common law, and 392, HL – employer’s duty to maintain work equipment
civil and criminal law - Bradford v Robinson Rentals Ltd [1967] 1 All ER 267 –
8.2 Explain the difference between absolute duties and employer’s duty to provide necessary equipment
qualified duties, and the concept of strict liability - British Railways Board v Herrington [1971] 1 All ER 897 –
8.3 Describe the structure and functions of courts and duty of common humanity in relation to trespassers
related institutions in the UK, or national equivalent - Cambridge Water Co v Eastern Counties Leather plc
8.4 Describe the procedures for making Acts and [1994] 2 WLR 53 – development of rule in Rylands v
regulations Fletcher: liability does not apply retrospectively in absence
8.5 Outline the issues in UK contract law and employment of foreseeability of harm
law that relate to health and safety, eg discrimination - Corn v Weirs Glass (Hanley) Ltd [1960] 2 All ER 300
and unfair dismissal, or national equivalent – successful claim of tort of breach of statutory duty
8.6 Describe the arrangements for the enforcement of requires loss to be a consequence of the breach
health and safety law and their implications - Davie v New Merton Board Mills Limited [1958] 1 All ER
8.7 Outline the influence and role of the EU on UK health 67 – employer not liable where injury results from latent
and safety legislation, and describe the arrangements defect in tools or equipment (led to, and remedied by,
for adopting EC directives and implementing them Employer’s Liability (Defective Equipment) Act 1969)
into UK law, and assess the impact of decisions of the - Donoghue v Stevenson [1932] AC 562 – the neighbour
European Court of Justice on UK health and safety law principle; reasonable care; duty of manufacturer to end-
8.8 Outline the differences between UK Acts, regulations, user
Approved Codes of Practice and guidance notes, or - Edwards v National Coal Board [1949] 1 All ER 743 –
national equivalent meaning of ‘reasonably practicable’
8.9 Explain the statutory obligations for health and safety - Ferguson v John Dawson and Partners Ltd [1976] IRLR
imposed on an organisation and individuals by the 376, CA – self-employed workers may be regarded as
Health and Safety at Work etc Act and Management employees
of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, or national - General Cleaning Contractors v Christmas [1952] 2 All ER
equivalent 1110 – employer’s duty to provide a safe system of work
8.10 Outline the defences available to a defendant in a - Hudson v Ridge Manufacturing Co Ltd [1957] 2 All ER
criminal law case 229 – employer’s duty to provide competent fellow
8.11 Explain the duties owed in UK civil law by an employer employees; issue of horseplay at work
to employees and others, and describe the standards - ICI v Shatwell [1965] AC 656 – volenti non fit injuria and
employers need to achieve in discharging their duties, sole fault of claimant as defences in employer’s liability
or national equivalent cases
8.12 Describe the defences available to a defendant in a civil - Knowles v Liverpool County Council [1993] 1 WLR 1428
law case – Employer’s Liability (Defective Equipment) Act 1969
8.13 Explain the concept of vicarious liability extends to materials used at work
- Latimer v AEC Ltd [1953] 2 All ER 449, HL – discharge of
Topics covered by the open assessment duty to take reasonable care
In your assessment, you may be asked questions on the - Lister v Romford Ice and Cold Storage Co Ltd [1957]
following topics. AC555 – negligence of fellow employees regarding
vicarious liability; joint tortfeasers and subrogation
8.1 Sources and types of law - Machray v Stewart and Lloyds Ltd [1964] – employer’s
- Statute law and its sources duty to provide sufficient plant
- Common law, the nature and development of judicial - Marshall v Gotham & Co Ltd [1954] AC 360 – difference
precedent, and relevant case law between ‘practicable’ and ‘reasonably practicable’
- The types and purpose of criminal law, and the sanctions - Mersey Docks and Harbour Board v Coggins and Griffith
available (Liverpool) Ltd [1946] 2 All ER 345 – extent to which
- The types and purpose of civil law, and the remedies employer may be held vicariously liable for negligence of
available contractor
- The burden of proof in civil law and criminal law - Paine v Colne Valley Electricity Supply Company [1938]
4 All ER 803 – employer’s duty to provide a safe place of
Relevant UK case law work
- Adsett v K&L Steelfounders & Engineers Ltd [1953] 2 All - Paris v Stepney Borough Council [1951] 1 All ER 42, HL –
ER 320 – meaning of ‘practicable’ higher duty of care owed to vulnerable employees
- Baker v T E Hopkins & Sons Ltd [1959] 1 WLR 966 – non- - Qualcast (Wolverhampton) Ltd v Haynes [1959] AC 743 –
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higher duty of care expected of an experienced employee Health and Safety Work etc Act; permissible subject
- Rose v Plenty [1976] 1 AER 97 – vicarious liability of matter of regulations; the role of the Secretary of State
employer for acts of employee and the HSE in making regulations; the various stages
- Rylands v Fletcher [1868] LR 3 HL 330 – tort relative to of consultation
escape of stored materials - The use of socio-technical, cost–benefit analysis in
- Smith v Crossley Brothers Ltd [1951] 95 SJ 655, CA – the economic assessment of proposed legislative and
vicarious liability relative to an extreme act of horseplay regulatory change
- Speed v Swift (Thomas) & Co Ltd [1943] 1 All ER 539 –
elements of, and an employer’s duty to provide, a safe 8.5 Other areas of law relevant to health and safety
system of work - The meaning of ‘contract’
- Summers (John) & Sons v Frost [1955] AC 740 – nature of - The principles of the law of contract and their application
‘absolute duty’ to health and safety issues; the relationship between
- Sutherland v Hatton and others [2002] EWCA Civ 76 – producer and vendor, vendor and consumer, client and
reasonableness in relation to harm from stress at work contractor; exclusion clauses and the impact of the UK
- Thompson and others v Smiths Shiprepairers (North Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977, or national equivalent
Shields) [1984] 1 All ER 881 – employer’s duty to protect - Employment law in relation to health and safety
employees from known and reasonably foreseeable - The meaning of ‘contract of employment’
danger; date of knowledge of risk - Contract of employment in relation to health and safety
- Uddin v Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers Ltd matters; disciplinary procedures; remedies for unfair
[1965] 2 All ER 213 – contributory negligence dismissal; discrimination and situations where it’s lawful
- Walker v Northumberland County Council [1995] 1 All to discriminate; protection for ‘whistleblowers’ within the
ER 737 – employer’s duty of care in relation to mental ill scope of the following relevant UK statutory provisions
health caused by excessive workload (or national equivalent):
- Wilsons and Clyde Coal Co v English [1938] 3 All ER 628 • Employment Rights Act 1996
– extent of common law duty of care to employee and • Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act
non-delegable nature of duty owed 1992
• Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Act 1993
8.2 Absolute and qualified duties, and strict liability • Sex Discrimination Acts 1975 and 1986
- The concepts of ‘absolute duties’ and ‘qualified duties’ • Race Relations Act 1976
- The concept of ‘strict liability’ • Disability Discrimination Acts 1995 and 2005
- Meanings of ‘absolute’, ‘practicable’ and ‘reasonably • Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006
practicable’, with reference to relevant decided cases • Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

8.3 Structure and functions of the courts 8.6 Enforcing health and safety law
- The functions, jurisdiction and powers of Magistrates’ - The authorities empowered to enforce health and safety
courts, High Court, Crown Court, Court of Appeal legislation, and how their responsibilities are divided
(and their Scottish or other national equivalents, where - The powers of enforcing authorities and their inspectors
appropriate), House of Lords and the European Court of - The offences and maximum penalties
Justice - The options for enforcement action
- The basic procedures for bringing prosecutions for - The types of prosecution – summary, indictable and
breaches of health and safety legislation and for pursuing hybrid offences
civil actions - The types of UK enforcement notice, their purpose,
- The purpose, procedures, presentation and conduct status, conditions for being served, grounds for appeal,
of cases before UK Employment Tribunals, or national appeal procedures and effects of appeal (or national
equivalent, in respect of health and safety matters equivalent)
- The rights and responsibilities of accused parties and - The implications of sections 36, 37 and 40 of the Health
witnesses and Safety at Work etc Act, or national equivalent
- The appeals system – basic concept and procedures - The regulatory powers of a fire authority with respect to
fire safety
8.4 The procedures for making Acts and regulations - The application of manslaughter and corporate
- The status and procedure for making UK Acts of manslaughter to work-related incidents, with specific
Parliament, regulations and orders (or national equivalent) reference to Lyme Bay, Herald of Free Enterprise, Southall
• Acts of Parliament – the functions of Green and White rail crash, Tebay
Papers; the progression of a Bill through Parliament
• Regulations – procedure under section 15 of the

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8.7 The health and safety legislative framework 8.10 Defences available in criminal law
- The influence and role of the EU as it affects UK health Defences available in criminal health and safety and
and safety legislation (or equivalent comparison relating manslaughter cases:
to national legislation) - manslaughter – behaviour not reckless, not gross
- The main structure and mode of operation of the EU negligence
- The composition and roles of the main institutions: - absolute and qualified duty – practicable and reasonably
• Council of Ministers practicable
• European Commission - fault lay with someone else
• European Parliament - not guilty due to technicality
• European Court of Justice (as well as its jurisdiction
and powers) 8.11 Civil liability
• Economic and Social Committee and advisory groups The tort of negligence:
- The status (including precedence) and procedure for - duty of care owed
creating: - breach of the duty of care through negligence
• instruments in EU law - causal link between the breach and the loss suffered
• directives, including co-decision and co-operation - concept of res ipsa loquitur
procedures and qualified majority voting The concept of ‘duty of care’:
• UK law in response to directives (including the - to whom a duty is owed (the ‘neighbour test’)
distinction between directives made under Article - the duty of care owed by:
95 and Article 137 of the Treaty of Rome – formerly • designers, manufacturers and suppliers to customers
Article 100 and Article 118a respectively – and and users
between health and safety and trade issues) • occupiers of premises to those using or visiting the
- The role of the European Court of Justice and the premises
procedure for referring cases; how decisions of the Court • contractors to clients and vice versa
are enforced through the courts of member states; and - extent of duty (remoteness, reasonableness,
the effect of decisions of the European Court of Justice foreseeability)
on UK law The duties owed by employers to employees and others to
provide:
8.8 Acts, regulations, ACoPs and guidance - a safe place of work, including safe entrances and exits
- The creation, purpose, role, structure, application and - safe systems of work
status of UK Approved Codes of Practices, guidance from - safe plant, equipment and materials
the Health and Safety Executive, and general guidance - instruction, training and supervision
material, with reference to the Management of Health - competent fellow employees
and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Workplace
(Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, or 8.12 Breach of duties, defences and damage
national equivalent The main defences to claims of negligence:
- The purpose, role, structure, application and status of - denial
Acts and regulations, as appropriate - no duty owed
- The range, nature and content of International Labour - no breach of duty (with reference to foreseeability,
Organization publications relevant to health and safety reasonableness)
- breach did not lead to damage
8.9 Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and - remoteness of damage
associated legislation (or equivalent national legislation) - volenti non fit injuria
- The application of sections 2 to 9 of the Act – relationship
between general and specific duties 8.13 Vicarious liability
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work - The concept of ‘vicarious liability’
Regulations 1999 and ACoP – duties placed on - The circumstances in which an employer is vicariously
employers, employees and others liable for an employee’s negligence
- The vicarious liability for the actions of contractors
Relevant decided cases: - The liability for employees of another company
- R v Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd and Another [1982]
1 All ER 264 – interpretation of Sec 2(2)(c) of the Act
regarding information and instruction to contractors
required to undertake their work safely
- R v Associated Octel Co Ltd [1996] 4 All ER 846 –
interpretation of Sec 3(1) of the Act

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Relevant UK statutory provisions Relationship to UK NOS standards
- Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 This element covers, either wholly or partially, the
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations underpinning knowledge from NOS standards:
1999
- Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 HSP1: Develop, implement and review the organisation’s
- Employment Rights Act 1996 health and safety strategy
- Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act H5P12: Contribute to health and safely legal actions
1992 H5P13: Influence and keep pace with improvements in
- Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Act 1993 health and safety practice
- Sex Discrimination Acts 1975 and 1986
- Race Relations Act 1976 Candidates who practise outside the UK
- Equality Act 2010 If the country you work in doesn’t operate under UK
- Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 law, and you do not wish to use UK law in answering
- Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 examination questions, you’ll need to demonstrate that
you have an equivalent knowledge and experience to that
Relevant ILO documents indicated here of your own country’s legal framework.
- Occupational safety and health convention 155 This option is only available for Part B questions (Part A
- Occupational safety and health recommendation 164 questions will avoid a basis on, and reference to, specific UK
- Fundamental principles of occupational health and safety legislation/enforcement).
- ILO Encyclopaedia of occupational health and safety

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Syllabus
Element 9 – Identify and evaluate health and safety hazards

Learning outcomes management information systems in the workplace


You’ll need to demonstrate that you can: - Sources of health and safety information:
9.1 Explain the principles of hazard identification • accident and ill health data
9.2 Describe hazardous substances found in the workplace • cost data
9.3 Describe the main effects and routes of attack of • compliance data
hazardous substances on the human body • results of audits and inspections
9.4 Describe health hazards in the workplace arising from • management performance data
exposure to biological agents
9.5 Describe ergonomic health hazards 9.2 Hazardous substances in the workplace
9.6 Describe health hazards in the workplace arising from - Describe the physical forms, ie solids, liquids, dusts,
exposure to noise and vibration fibres, mists, gases, fumes, vapours
9.7 Describe health hazards in the workplace arising from - Risk and safety phrases contained in the UK Approved
exposure to harmful radiation and extreme conditions Supply List, or national equivalent
in the thermal environment - The requirements relating to safety data sheets/
9.8 Describe the psychosocial hazards encountered in the international chemical safety cards and other sources of
workplace information
9.9 Describe the hazards associated with the working - Definitions of:
environment • toxic and toxicity; examples of toxic effects
9.10 Describe the hazards associated with fire and explosion of commonly occurring toxic substances, eg
in the workplace trichloroethylene, asbestos, carbon monoxide, lead
9.11 Describe the hazards associated with chemical • corrosive; effects of inhaling, and skin and eye contact
processes with, corrosive substances; examples of the effects
9.12 Describe the hazards associated with using work of common substances, eg acids, ammonia, sodium
equipment hydroxide
9.13 Describe the hazards associated with the movement of • irritant; examples of the irritant effects of common
materials substances, e.g. cleaning agents, silicates
9.14 Describe the hazards associated with electricity • harmful; examples of the harmful effects of common
9.15 Describe the hazards associated with construction and substances, e.g. bleach, ammonium hydroxide
demolition work • dermatitic and dermatitis; primary (contact) and
secondary (allergic or sensitised) forms of dermatitis;
Topics covered by the electronic open assessment circumstances and substances likely to lead to
In your assessment, you may be asked questions on the dermatitis; typical workplace examples, e.g. grease,
following topics. mineral oil, cement
• sensitisation; effects on the skin and respiratory system;
9.1 Principles of hazard identification typical workplace examples, eg rubber additives
- The meaning of ‘hazard’ • carcinogenic and carcinogen; examples of types of
- Identifying hazards using workplace inspections, surveys, cancer relating to specific substances, eg asbestos, coal
safety tours and safety sampling tar, chromium mist
- Carrying out workplace observations and referring to • mutagenic and mutagen, eg plutonium oxide,
suppliers’ information, internal records and published 2-ethoxyethanol
information
- The main types of occupational health hazard: 9.3 Main routes of attack on the human body
• substances - The human anatomical systems (respiratory, digestive,
• biological circulatory, nervous) and the sense organs (skin, eyes,
• ergonomic ears, nose)
• noise - The main routes of entry of harmful substances into
• vibration the human body (inhalation, ingestion, skin pervasion,
• radiation substances into the bloodstream (lungs, gut, skin,
• stress mucous membrane of eyes)
• violence - Local and systemic effects, with examples
• drugs and alcohol • The target organs and systems
- The legal requirements and practical arrangements • The common signs and symptoms, and the body’s
for providing health and safety information internally defensive responses
(to employees, temporary workers, contractors) and
externally (to customers, suppliers, enforcement 9.4 Biological agents
authorities and members of the public) - The types of biological agent, eg fungi, bacteria, viruses
- The development of internal health and safety The modes of transmission of disease, and mechanisms
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of attack on the body effects of irradiation; dose response and dose effect –
- The signs and symptoms of disease, and the body’s alpha, beta, gamma, X-radiation, neutrons
defence mechanisms - The units of radioactivity, radiation dose and dose
- Define ‘zoonose’, with examples equivalent
- The sources and symptoms of biological diseases, - The use of ionisation chambers (Geiger counter),
eg anthrax, brucellosis, farmer’s lung, hepatitis, HIV, scintillation detectors, film badges, thermoluminescent
legionellosis, leptospirosis, E-coli dosimeters
- Biological sensitisation - Thermal environment:
- The role of diagnostic laboratories • The main effects of working in high and low
temperature and humidity
9.5 Ergonomic health hazards • Typical work situations likely to lead to thermal
- Ergonomic hazards with workplace examples discomfort
- The possible ill health effects caused by using visual • The human body (thermal environment) parameters,
display units, eg upper limb pain and discomfort, eye and i.e. surrounding temperature, humidity, air velocity,
eyesight problems, fatigue and stress metabolic rate, clothing, duration of exposure
- The possible injuries associated with manual handling, eg • Instrumentation, ie wet bulb globe temperature
sprains and strains, fractures, lacerations (WBGT), thermometer, hygrometer, anemometer or
Kata thermometer
9.6 Noise and vibration
Noise: 9.8 Psychosocial
- The meaning of ‘workplace noise’ Stress:
- The basic concepts of sound, i.e. wavelength, amplitude, - The ill health effects associated with stress
frequency, intensity, pitch, the decibel (dB) and - The causes of stress:
A-weighting (dB(A)) • organisational factors
- How to apply the basic concept of sound physics to the • personal relationships, including bullying and
evaluation of occupational noise; the significance of harassment
logarithmic scales and concept of addition of combined • physical factors in the workplace
sounds (equal and unequal); noise rating curves • working hours
- Acute and chronic physiological effects of exposure to • the legal obligations and case law relating to stress, eg
high noise levels Sutherland v Hatton and others [2002] EWCA Civ 76
- Noise surveys; their planning and approach; interpretation • how to recognise the problem
and evaluation of results Alcohol and drugs:
- Exposure standards for noise - The effects of alcohol and prescribed and controlled
Vibration: drugs on health and safety at work
- The basic concepts of displacement, velocity, amplitude, - The methods of testing for drugs and alcohol
frequency and acceleration of oscillating particles Violence:
- The significance of amplitude and frequency of vibrations - Violence at work; what constitutes violence at work;
on comfort levels the extent of the problem; the consequences for
- The ill health effects and conditions produced by whole organisations and individuals
body and segmental vibration - Groups of worker at risk, eg working with the public
- Groups of workers at risk in the caring and teaching professions; working with
- The measurement of vibration psychiatric clients or alcohol- or drug-impaired people;
- Exposure standards for vibration working alone; home visiting; handling money or
valuables; inspection and enforcement duties
9.7 Radiation
- Types of non-ionising radiation throughout the 9.9 Working environment
electromagnetic spectrum; particulate and non- - Places of work and safe means of entry and exit
particulate types of ionising radiation; the origins and - Lighting levels
sources - Welfare arrangements
- The role of the International Commission for Radiological - First aid arrangements
Protection and the Health Protection Agency - Safety signage
- The acute and chronic physiological effects of exposure - Building structure; structural safety of workplace;
to non-ionising radiations: ultraviolet, optical, infrared, construction failure modes
microwaves, radiowaves and lasers - Confined spaces
- The measurement of power density; biological effect; - Working at height
exposure standards for non-ionising radiations
- The biological effects of exposure; acute and chronic
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9.10 Fire and explosion 9.13 Safety in the movement of materials
- Sources of ignition and fuel - Stability of vehicles
- Define ‘flash point’, ‘fire point’, ‘auto ignition • The factors affecting lateral and longitudinal instability,
temperature’, ‘vapour density’, ‘relative density’, ‘limits of and control loss, of vehicles
flammability’, ‘critical temperature’ and ‘pressure’ - Lift trucks
- Define ‘flammable’, ‘highly flammable’ and ‘extremely • Types, eg counterbalance, reach, rough terrain,
flammable’ telescopic materials handlers, side-loading, pedestrian-
- The effects of atomisation controlled
- The effects of particulate size; explosive concentrations; • The hazards associated with lift trucks
ignition energy; primary and secondary explosion - Cranes and lifting accessories
- The behaviour of building structures and materials in • Types, eg mobile, tower, overhead
fires; fire properties of common building materials and • The hazards associated with cranes and lifting
structural elements; levels of fire resistance operations
- Confined vapour cloud explosions, unconfined vapour • The hazards associated with hoists (gin wheel,
cloud explosions, boiling liquid expanding vapour construction site platform hoist) and lifts (passenger
explosions and goods, scissor, vehicle inspection, mobile elevating
- Methods of containing and venting explosions work platform)
- Examples of incidents, causes and effects, eg Hickson and - Conveyors
Welch, Flixborough, Mexico City, Buncefield • Types, eg belt, roller, plate, screw, monorail
• The main hazards associated with conveyors
9.11 Chemical processes - Automated warehousing systems
- The hazardous effects of temperature, pressure and • The hazards associated with automated warehousing
catalysts in causing chemical reactions systems
- The heat of reaction in terms of endothermic, exothermic
and runaway reactions 9.14 Electricity
- The hazards presented in storing hazardous substances - Define ‘voltage’, ‘current’, ‘resistance’, ‘impedance’ and
‘Ohm’s law’
9.12 Work equipment - Basic electrical circuitry
- The role and application of European standards relating - Earthing principles
to machinery (or national equivalents) - The significance of direct and alternating currents
- BS EN 12001-1:2003 - The hazards associated with electricity
- Type A, B1, 62 and C standards - Electric shock:
- The classification of machinery hazards in BS EN 12001- • The effects on the body
1:2003, with examples • The factors that influence the severity of effects on the
- Mechanical hazards, eg crushing, shearing, cutting or body
severing, entanglement, drawing in or trapping, impact, • Electrical burns
stabbing, puncturing, ejecting, friction or abrasion, high- - Direct and indirect contact:
pressure fluid injection • The common causes of fire from electrical sources
- Other machinery hazards, eg noise, vibration, electricity, • Electric arcs
high or low temperature, radiation, hazardous substances - The hazards associated with portable electrical equipment
- The hazards associated with machines, eg drills (radial - The hazards of molten metal splash and radiation
arm, pedestal), circular saws, guillotines, paper shredders, - The conditions and practices likely to lead to
abrasive wheels, lathes, simple robots, mechanical and accidents, including unsuitable equipment, inadequate
hydraulic presses, portable power tools maintenance, use of defective apparatus
- Programmable electronic systems (PESs): - The circumstances that give rise to the generation of
• The types of computer-controlled equipment, e.g. static electricity
robots, CNC machines - The hazards from static electricity
• The hazards associated with using PESs
• The reasons for aberrant behaviour, eg electrical
interference, programming faults, stored energy
- Pressure systems:
• Define ‘components’ and ‘relevant fluids’
• The hazards associated with using pressure systems
• The typical causes of failure

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9.15 Construction Relevant ILO documents
- The types and causes of accidents and ill health in - Occupational safety and health convention 155
construction and demolition work - Occupational safety and health recommendation 164
- Hazards associated with working at heights: - Fundamental principles of occupational health and safety
• falling materials - ILO Encyclopaedia of occupational health and safety
• mobile elevating work platforms - Chemicals convention 170
- Excavation work and excavations - Chemicals recommendation 177
• damage to buried services - Code of practice – safety in the use of chemicals at work
- The demolition of buildings - Code of practice – safety and health in construction
• using mobile equipment on construction sites - OSH Series 70
• the main techniques used in the demolition of - Radiation protection convention 115
buildings - Radiation protection recommendation 114
- OSH Series 73
Relevant UK statutory provisions - Radiation protection of workers
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations - Code of practice for radiation protection of workers
1999 - Code of practice – protection of workers against noise
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations and vibration in the working environment
2002 - Code of practice – safety and health in construction
- Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) - Prevention of major industrial accidents convention 174
Regulations 2009 - Prevention of major industrial accidents recommendation
- Notification of New Substances Regulations 1993 181
- Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 - OSH Series 63
- Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 - Welfare facilities recommendation 102
- Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999
- Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 Relationship to UK NOS standards
- Working Time Regulations 1998 This element covers, either wholly or partially, the
- Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations underpinning knowledge from NOS standards:
1992
- Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 HSP6: Control health and safety risks
- Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 HSP13: Influence and keep pace with improvements in
- Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations health and safety practice
1996
- Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable
Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009
- Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999
- Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 1991
- Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
- Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
1998
- Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
- Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989
- Construction (Design and Management) Regulations
2007
- Work at Height Regulations 2005

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Syllabus
Element 10 – Assess health and safety risks

Learning outcomes • The criteria by which WELs are established; the work
You’ll need to demonstrate that you can: of the Advisory Committee on Toxic Substances
10.1 Explain and use qualitative, semi-quantitative and (ACTS) and the Working Group on the Assessment of
quantitative risk assessment methods to decide Toxic Chemicals (WATCH), or national/international
priorities and set objectives for risk control equivalents
10.2 Explain the factors to be considered when assessing • The significance in occupational health and hygiene
the risks to health practice of short-term and long-term exposure limits
10.3 Explain the benefits, role, function and composition of (STEL, [TEL) and time-weighted average (TWA) values
an occupational health service provider - Ergonomics
10.4 Explain the relevance of toxicological data in • The assessment of risk from using visual display units
identifying work-related ill health (equipment, environment, interface between computer
and user)
Topics covered by the electronic open assessment • The analysis of workstation, machinery and process
In your assessment, you may be asked questions on the operators
following topics. • The assessment of risk from manual handling
operations (task, individual capability, load,
10.1 Assessing risk environment)
- Meanings of ‘risk’, ‘qualitative’, ‘semi-quantitative’ and - Physical agents
‘quantitative’ • Assessments of noise, vibration, ionising radiation,
- The types and principles of risk assessment (qualitative, non-ionising radiation and extreme thermal
semi-quantitative and quantitative) environments
- Relativistic and probabilistic methods of rating • The role and principles of audiometry
- Categorisation and prioritisation of risk • The measurement of noise; types of instrument;
- The effects of exposure to hazards; accident and methodology; calibration; calculation of Lecl and Lum,
exposure outcomes; persons and numbers exposed; use of frequency analysis; background noise
duration and frequency of exposure - Psychosocial
- The use of damage, injury and ill health data to evaluate • Assessment of psychosocial hazards, including stress,
risk drugs and alcohol, and violence
- The use of total accident and disease data; accident and - Lighting
disease ratios (incidence, frequency, severity) • Assessment of suitable and sufficient lighting
- External information sources, e.g. Health and Safety • The impact of lighting levels on safety (incorrect
Executive, Department for Work and Pensions, other perception, failure to perceive, stroboscopic effects,
Safety and Health, International Labour Organization, colour assessment, effect on attitudes)
World Health Organization, European Agency for Safety • The instrumentation, units and measurement of light
and Health at Work, trade associations for assessing lighting levels and standards in different
- Internal information sources; the collection, provision, workplaces
analysis and use of damage, injury and ill health data, - Fire and explosion
near-miss information and maintenance records • The assessment of risk of fire and/or explosion in the
- The uses and limitations of external and internal workplace
information sources - Work equipment
- The acceptability or tolerability of risk • The requirements for machinery risk assessment e.g.
- The principles and techniques of failure tracing methods, BS EN 1050
including HAZOPs, FMEA, FTA, ETA; simple quantification • The risk assessment of work equipment; the duties of
of FTAs and ETAs manufacturers and suppliers in respect of machinery,
pressure systems and electricity
10.2 Assessing risks to health • Machinery risk assessment; essential health and safety
- Chemical and biological agents, and other hazardous requirements; technical file; declaration of conformity
substances or incorporation; type approval; CE marking
• The factors that affect risk to the individual from • The main modes of failure and their causes
chemical and biological agents • The risk assessment of pressure systems
• Intentional work and opportunistic infection • Typical causes of failure and outcomes
• The meaning of ‘workplace exposure limits’ (WELs) - Movement of people and materials
• The use of WELs to define ‘adequate control’ under • Assessment of the risks associated with the movement
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hoists, lifts, conveyor systems, automated warehouses - Notification of Installations Handling Hazardous
- Electricity: Substances Regulations 1982
• Assessment of the risks associated with electricity in - Dangerous Substances (Notification and Marking of Sites)
the workplace, including PESs Regulations 1990
- Construction: - Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply)
• Assessment of the risks associated with construction Regulations 2002
and demolition work - Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable
• Methods of assessing the risks from the structural Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009
failure of buildings used as workplaces - Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999
- Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 1991
10.3 Occupational health service provider - Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
The role and function of - Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
- the occupational hygienist 1998
- the occupational health physician - Pressure Equipment Regulations 1999
- the occupational health nurse - Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000
- the UK Employment Medical Advisory Service (EMAS) - Transportable Pressure Vessels Regulations 2001
The role, function and composition of an occupational health - Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 1992 – scope
service: and application
- health promotion - Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
- pre-employment medical screening - Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989
- medical/health surveillance - Construction (Design and Management) Regulations
- assessment of fitness for work and counseling 2007
- Work at Height Regulations 2005
10.4 Toxicology
- The requirements for testing of new substances Relevant ILO documents
- The types of toxicity tests performed, including the use of - Occupational safety and health convention 155
animal testing, Ames assays for testing mutagenicity and - Occupational safety and health recommendation 164
long-term toxicity tests, and the limitations associated - Fundamental principles of occupational health and safety
with the various tests - ILO Encyclopaedia of occupational health and safety
- The significance of LD50, LD90, LC50, LC90 - Chemicals convention 170
- The significance of chemical analogy as a method of - Chemicals recommendation 177
predicting chemical hazards - Code of practice – safety in the use of chemicals at work
- Code of practice – safety and health in construction
Relevant UK statutory provisions - OSH Series 70
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations - Radiation protection convention 115
1999 - Radiation protection recommendation 114
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations - OSH Series 73
2002 - Radiation protection of workers
- Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) - Code of practice for radiation protection of workers
Regulations 2009 - Code of practice – protection of workers against noise
- Notification of New Substances Regulations 1993 and vibration in the working environment
- Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 - Code of practice – safety and health in construction
- Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 - Prevention of major industrial accidents convention 174
- Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 - Prevention of major industrial accidents recommendation
- Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 181
- Working Time Regulations 1998 - OSH Series 63
- Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations
1992 Relationship to UK NOS standards
- Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 This element covers, either wholly or partially, the
- Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 underpinning knowledge from NOS standards:
- Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations
1996 HSP6: Control health and safety risks
- Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere HSP13: Influence and keep pace with improvements in
Regulations 2002 health and safety practice
- Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
- Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

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Syllabus
Element 11 – Determine and implement health
and safety risk control measures

Learning outcomes 11.4 Safe systems of work


You’ll need to demonstrate that you can: - Legal and practical requirements
11.1 Explain the analysis, assessment and improvement of - Components of a safe system of work
system failures and system reliability - Developing and implementing safe systems of work in an
11.2 Explain the principles of prevention and control of risk organisation
11.3 Explain the use of cost-benefit analysis in relation to - Techniques such as job safety analysis in the development
risk control decisions of safe systems of work
11.4 Explain the requirements for the development of safe - The preparation of job safety instructions and safe
systems of work operating procedures
11.5 Describe selection procedures for measures to control - Permit-to-work systems:
exposure to hazardous substances and agents • Essential features
• General application and operation
Topics covered by the open assessment • Examples
In your assessment, you may be asked questions on the
following topics. 11.5 Control measures
- Chemical agents and hazardous substances: hierarchy of
11.1 Systems failures and reliability risk control
- The differences between systemic and systematic analysis • elimination (control at source)
- Analytical considerations of systems and sub-systems • substitution (one substance for a less harmful
failures substance)
- The assessment of system reliability • change of work method to minimise or suppress
- Methods for improving system reliability generation of harmful substance or agent, eg painting
instead of spraying
11.2 Principles of prevention and control of risk • change of work patterns to reduce the length of time
- The general principles of prevention contained in the of exposure
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations • isolation and segregation, eg remote handling systems,
1999 (Schedule 1) and/or the ILO Fundamentals of enclosure of process or enclosure of process or plant
occupational health and safety and ILO Encyclopaedia producing harmful substances, reducing numbers
- The factors to be considered in selecting the best solution exposed by segregation of process or people
for an organisation, based on relevant data control • engineering control methods, eg local exhaust
measures: ventilation (LEV) systems (captor, receptor, low-volume
• technical, e.g. design, fencing, ventilation high velocity), and factors that can have an impact on
• procedural, e.g. systems of work, maintenance their effectiveness
• behavioural, e.g. information and training measures - Biological agents: hierarchy of risk control
• The general hierarchy of risk control in OHSAS 18001 • eradication
- The factors affecting the choice of control measures • reduced virulence
• change of work method to minimise or suppress
11.3 Risk control generation of aerosols
- The concepts of avoidance, reduction, transfer and • isolation and segregation
retention within a health and safety management • containment
programme, and their limitations • ventilation (HEPA filters)
- The factors to be considered in selecting the best solution • sharps control
for an organisation based on relevant risk data • immunisation, decontamination and disinfection
- The role of risk control systems and their relationship to • the role of effluent and waste disposal (controlled);
workplace precautions personal hygiene measures; PPE; biohazard signs;
- Risk control systems – matching the hazard profile of the baseline testing and health surveillance
business • control measures in relation to hospitals, laboratory
- Control of inputs: physical resources, human resources, work and animal houses
information
- Control of work activities: premises, plant, substances,
procedures, people
- Control of outputs: products and services, by¬products,
information
- Cost-benefit analysis in relation to risk control cost
decisions (organisational, design, planning, operational);
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- Carcinogens ventilation, workplace design, work organisation,
• In relation to the requirements of the Approved health surveillance, PPE
Code of Practice: total enclosure; prohibition of - Ergonomics
eating, drinking and smoking in contaminated areas; • The ergonomic design of tools, equipment and
designating and cleaning contaminated areas and workplaces, job rotation, work routine
closed containers • Control measures for visual display units; ergonomic
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) considerations of equipment and workstation design;
• The factors affecting the choice of PPE (respiratory, eye daily work routine of users
and skin) and the degree of protection afforded • Eye and eyesight testing
• The different types of respiratory protective equipment, • Manual handling control measures
and their application and limitations • The key points of efficient moving and handling
• The significance of applied protection factors techniques
• The different types of eye and skin protection; the - Psychosocial
hazards they are designed to protect against; the • Control measures to reduce stress
specification and standards for protection against • Control of alcohol and drugs at work
different chemical forms; their Iimitations • Guidance, support and counselling for staff
- Noise • The legal duties to protect employees from violence
• The principles of noise reduction and their application - Workplaces
to the control of occupational noise (transmission, • The practical considerations in providing and
reflection, absorption, damping, diffusion, silencing, maintaining safe places of work and safe means of
intimation and isolation) entry and exit
• The influence of sound reduction indices and sound • The importance of good housekeeping
absorption coefficients; design specifications, with • The provision of safe traffic routes, and the hazards
examples and precautions associated with internal transport
• The evaluation of noise control techniques to remedy
specific workplace problems The working environment
• Controls of noise at source, eg relocation, redesign, - Welfare facilities and arrangements:
maintenance • The provision of:
• Controls along transmission path, e.g. isolation, - toilet, washing and changing facilities
barriers, enclosure, absorption, insulation - storage facilities for clothing
• Controls at receiver, eg acoustic havens, ear protection - facilities for eating
• The types of hearing protection; the significance - rest rooms facilities for pregnant women and nursing
of attenuation data; factors affecting the degree mothers
of protection in practice (as opposed to theoretical - arrangements to protect non-smokers from tobacco
protection) smoke
- Vibration - The basis of adequate first aid provision
• The control measures that may be applied in respect • Safety signs:
of whole body vibration for those such as agricultural - common signs; their use and location; compliance
and construction workers, and drivers; and segmental issues
vibration for those who use vibrating tools
- Ionising radiation Fire prevention and protection
• Radiological limits - The prevention of fire and smoke spread in buildings;
• Define ‘classified person’ structural fire protection; segregation of flammable
• The roles of the UK radiation protection adviser and materials; protection of openings and voids
radiation protection supervisor - Explosions
• The practical controls for external radiation (shielding, • Hazardous area zoning
distance, time) and internal radiation • The key features of plant design
- Non-ionising radiation • Process controls to mitigate explosion
• The design, siting, direction control and reduction • Explosion relief and suppression techniques
of stray fields; screening, enclosures, distance, • The control of ignition sources
administrative controls, PPE • Precautions and emergency procedures
• The hazard classification of lasers (e.g. EN 60825-1) - Detection and alarm
and their associated controls • Common fire detection and alarm systems and
- Thermal environment procedures, and factors in the design and application
• Control measures to improve unsatisfactory thermal of fire detection and alarm systems
environment parameters, eg circulation of air and • The principal components of systems

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• Manual and automatic systems, and their application • The duties of manufacturers and suppliers in respect of
- Firefighting machinery, pressure systems and electricity, including
• The classification of fires ergonomic, anthropometric and human reliability
• Factors in the design and application of fixed considerations
firefighting systems and equipment • The design of controls and emergency controls;
• Portable firefighting equipment reducing the need for access (automation, remote
• Siting and maintenance requirements systems); lighting; layout of plant and machinery;
• Training requirements training
• Extinguishing media and modes of action • The importance of the size of openings, height of
• Means of escape barriers, distance from danger
• The factors to be considered in providing and - Failure modes and prevention
maintaining a means of escape • Failure prevention strategies and methods of
• The general requirements for travel distances, stairs, identifying potential failure modes; related
passageways and doors, emergency lighting, exit and environmental factors
directional signs • The role of testing and quality assurance during
• Evacuation procedures manufacture and installation
• The requirements of the relevant legislation • Failure modes and prevention in relation to major
incidents, e.g. Flixborough, Brent Cross, Littlebrook D,
Chemical process hazards Markham Colliery, Port of Ramsgate
- The methods of controlling temperature and pressure - Non-destructive testing
- The contribution of typical mechanical and systems • The principles, advantages, disadvantages and
failures to major accidents, e.g. Flixborough, Piper Alpha, application of non-destructive testing techniques
Grangemouth, Allied Colloids, Hickson and Welch - Maintenance
- Storage of flammable solids, liquids and gases • Maintenance strategies and options, from emergency
- Storage methods and quantities (bulk, intermediate, and breakdown maintenance to planned preventive
drum storage, specific locations) maintenance; use of routine condition monitoring
- Segregation requirements and access • The factors to be considered in developing a planned
- How to contain leaks and spills maintenance programme
- Storage of toxic and corrosive substances • The benefits of planned preventive maintenance
- The implications for storage, with an emphasis on • The statutory requirements for maintenance and
incompatible materials and their segregation inspection
- On-site transport - Pressure systems
• The key safety principles involved in loading and • Prevention strategy to maintain the reliability and
unloading tankers and tank containers integrity of control systems
• The labelling of vehicles and packaging of substances - Programmable electronic systems
• Driver training and the role of a dangerous goods • Safeguards for the reliability and integrity of control
safety adviser systems
• Safety requirements in programming, operation and
Work equipment maintenance
- The main types of safeguarding devices; characteristics; • Considerations in safeguarding control systems
key features; limitations and typical applications of fixed
enclosed guards, fixed distance guards, interlocked Safety in the movement of people and materials
guards, automatic guards, trip devices, adjustable and - Lift trucks
self-adjusting guards, two-hand controls, mechanical • Precautions for using lift trucks, including safe layout
restraints, jigs and push-sticks of areas where trucks are used and the protection of
- Selecting work equipment: pedestrians
• Suitability for task and environment • The use of lift trucks to move people; necessary
• Conformity with relevant standards, such as CE conditions and equipment; other attachments used on
marking lift trucks
• The requirements for maintenance; the expertise and • The training requirements for lift truck operators
skills needed by operators and maintenance personnel - Cranes and lifting equipment
- Design and use • Precautions in the use of cranes; selection, siting
• Training, and statutory requirements for training, and stability of cranes; integrity of lifting accessories;
certification and authorisation competence of personnel
• The statutory restrictions on using work equipment • The types of lifting accessories; factors influencing

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choice; limitations of the various types protection of the public
• The maintenance, inspection and statutory - The use of method statements and permits to work
examination of cranes and lifting accessories - Working at heights
- Hoists and lifts • The provision of safe access and safe place of work
• The methods of controlling the risks associated with when working at heights
hoists (gin wheel, construction site platform hoist) and • The safe use of access equipment, including ladders,
lifts (passenger and goods, scissor, vehicle inspection, trestles, scaffolds (simple, independent and tower)
mobile elevating work platform) • The precautions for scaffold hoist towers, including
- Conveyors passenger and material hoists
• The main methods of controlling risks • Control measures in relation to falling materials
- Automated warehousing systems • Safe methods for working on roofs and the
• Specific safeguards associated with automated precautions needed when working on fragile roofs, flat
warehousing systems roofs and sloping roofs
• The means of access for maintenance work; use, types
Electricity and safety features of cradles and boatswain’s chairs
- The planning, design and installation of electrical systems • Mobile elevating work platforms; types and
- Define ‘duty holders’ and ‘construction’ applications; precautions needed
- The importance of the strength and capability of • The selection, application and precautions needed in
electrical equipment; insulation; protection and placing using safety nets, belts and harnesses
of conductors; reducing the risk of shock; excess current - Excavations
protection; cutting off supply and isolation; working • The methods of checking for buried services, water
space, access and lighting ingress, stability of sides, air condition
- Control measures for: • The precautions to be observed
• the selection and suitability of equipment - Demolition work
• protective systems • The main techniques used in the demolition of
• inspection and maintenance strategy buildings, and the safe working method associated
- The significance of the Institution of Engineering and with each technique
Technology’s ‘Requirements for electrical installations’ (BS • Typical precautions
7671), previously known as the ‘IEE Wiring Regulations’ • Mobile equipment
- Adverse or hazardous environments • The precautions for safe use
• What constitutes a hazardous environment
• The principles of selecting electrical equipment for use Relevant UK statutory provisions
in flammable atmospheres - Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
• The classification of hazardous areas; zoning 1999
• The principles of pressurisation and purging - Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations
• Intrinsically safe equipment, flameproof equipment, 2002
type ‘N’ equipment, type ‘e’ equipment - Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply)
- Use, maintenance and repair of electrical systems Regulations 2009
• The importance of maintenance schemes, schedules, - Notification of New Substances Regulations 1993
plans and records; criteria of acceptability for live - Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
working; safe systems of work on installations made - Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005
dead - Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999
• Define ‘competent person’ - Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
• Working with or near high voltage systems - Working Time Regulations 1998
• System modifications and the role of competent and - Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations
authorised people 1992
• Safe working and the precautions needed when - Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
working near overhead power lines and underground - Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981
cables - Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations
1996
Construction - Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere
- The respective duties of clients, designers, principal Regulations 2002
contractors, contractors and CDM co-ordinators - Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
- Planning, co-ordination and notification requirements - Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
- The construction phase plan and health and safety file - Notification of Installations Handling Hazardous
- The relevance of site layout to entry and exit points, and Substances Regulations 1982

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- Dangerous Substances (Notification and Marking of Sites) - Code of practice for radiation protection of workers
Regulations 1990 - Code of practice – protection of workers against noise
- Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable and vibration in the working environment
Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 - Code of practice – safety and health in construction
- Transport of Dangerous Goods (Safety Advisers) - Prevention of major industrial accidents convention 174
Regulations 1999 - Prevention of major industrial accidents recommendation
- Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 181
1996 - OSH Series 63
- Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 - Welfare facilities recommendation 102
- Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
- Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations Relationship to UK NOS standards
1998 This element covers, either wholly or partially, the
- Pressure Equipment Regulations 1999 underpinning knowledge from NOS standards:
- Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 HSP6: Control health and safety risks
- Construction (Design and Management) Regulations HSP13: Influence and keep pace with improvements in
2007 health and safety practice
- Work at Height Regulations 2005

Relevant ILO documents


- Occupational safety and health convention 155
- Occupational safety and health recommendation 164
- Fundamental principles of occupational health and safety
- ILO Encyclopaedia of occupational health and safety
- Chemicals convention 170
- Chemicals recommendation 177
- Code of practice – safety in the use of chemicals at work
- Code of practice – safety and health in construction
- OSH Series 70
- Radiation protection convention 115
- Radiation protection recommendation 114
- OSH Series 73
- Radiation protection of workers

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