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Module 1

Introducing working safely

  • How individuals can reduce the chance of being injured, injuring someone else, or damaging their own or someone else’s health
  • Benefits of working safely
  • Responsibilities for health and safety at work
  • Current and relevant statistics

Module 2

Defining hazard and risk

  • Hazard definition and common examples
  • Main hazard categories and the potential harms:
    • Mechanical
    • Physical
    • Chemical
    • Environmental
    • Biological
    • Organisational
  • Hazards and risks that are not easily identifiable, such as:
    • Noise
    • Vibration
    • Dust
    • Chemicals
    • Poor posture
    • Exposure to radiation
    • Stress
  • Include other hazards that your delegates may face
  • Definitions of risk including a brief description of likelihood and severity of risk
  • Deciding what action to take on risksRisk control options. Deciding what action to take on risks
  • Risk control options

Module 3

Identifying common hazards

  • Overview of the following common hazards:
    • Getting in and getting out
    • Housekeeping
    • Welfare
    • Transport
    • Fire and emergency procedures
    • Harmful substances
    • Electricity
    • Violence
    • Bullying
    • Stress
    • Temperature
    • Lighting
    • Slips and trips
    • Working at height
    • Machinery
    • Manual handling
    • Computer workstations
    • Noise
    • Ways of controlling the above hazards

Module 4

Improving safety performance

  • Key elements of a health and safety management system ­ policy, organisation, planning, implementing, measuring and reviewing
  • Responsibilities:
    • Individual competence
    • Individual behaviours and attitude
    • Safety committees and representatives
    • Contractors
    • Enforcement officers
  • Systems and procedures, such as:
    • Emergency procedures
    • Safe systems of work, including permits to work
    • Reporting workplace incidents, accidents and near misses
    • Purpose of workplace inspections, health surveillance and monitoring
    • Personal protective equipment, usage and storage
    • Safety signs
    • First aid requirements

Module 5

Protecting our environment

  • Definition of environment
  • Air, water and land pollution
  • Pollution minimisation:
    • Prevent
    • Reduce
    • Respond
    • Correct
  • Waste minimisation:
    • Prevent
    • Reduce
    • Re-use
    • Recycle
    • Disposal
  • Emergency planning and emergency procedures
  • Reporting and enforcement of environmental concerns
  • Responsibilities of employer and employee
  • Steps individuals can take to minimise pollution and waste