Occupational Health & Safety

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Duration: 3 – 6 months
Accreditation: City & Guilds

Who Should Attend

This programme is designed for those who wish to evidence their competence in the field of occupational health & safety. Such people may already have considerable experience in this field or have newly entered the area; it is important that any potential candidate has access to a workplace which can provide an opportunity to evidence these skills and competences.

Course Aim

To provide candidates with a nationally accepted accreditation of their skills and knowledge.

Training / Assessment Methods

The programme starts with two half-day classroom sessions to provide an introduction to the NVQ and basic Health & Safety law. Individuals are then provided with a programme tailored to their particular needs that will culminate in the production of a portfolio of evidence assessed by an internal (COTS) assessor and an external (City and Guilds) verifier.

Candidates will provide a range of work-based evidence, be observed in the workplace and/or provide evidence of prior learning over a 3 – 6 month period.

Timesale will depend largely on the candidates’ ability to compile the portfolio and the opportunities provided by the workplace. Candidates will need to obtain 23 credits from the following mandatory units:

UnitUnit TitleCredit Value
301Ensure responsibility for actions to reduce risks to health and safety4
302Develop procedures to safely control work operations4
303Monitor procedures to safely control work operations5
304Promote a culture of health and safety in the workplace4
305Conduct a health and safety risk assessment
in the workplace

Candidates will also need to obtain 8 credits from the following optional units:

UnitUnit TitleCredit Value
306Investigate and evaluate health and safety incidents and complaints in the workplace5
307Make sure actions in the workplace aim to protect the environment4
308Review health and safety procedures in the workplace4
309Supervise the health, safety and welfare of a learner in the workplace4

Driver CPC Approved

NO, this is NOT a Driver CPC approved course

Course Content

  • Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the “six pack” regulations
    (The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations, Manual Handling Operations Regulations, Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, Personal Protective Equipment Regulations and the Display Screen Equipment Regulations)
  • Risk assessment theory and practice (HSE “5-step approach”)
  • Drafting and amending safe systems of work
  • Investigating accidents, incidents and near misses including the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrence Regulations
  • The role of the enforcement agencies
  • Drafting company H & S related policies
  • Additional Information

Candidates must have a reasonable command of the English language and literacy skills commensurate with a management role.

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