1.1 Define the main responsibilities for health and safety in the workplace of the following: a) employers b) employees
Unit 43: Health and Safety Procedures in the Workplace
Unit reference number: T/505/4673 QCF level: 2
Credit value: 2
Guided learning hours: 16
Unit type: Competence
Adhering to health and safety procedures in the workplace is an important part of any customer service role. In order to protect staff and customers, it is vital that health and safety procedures are carried out correctly and in line with organisational procedures.
In this unit you will learn how to work in line with health and safety procedures in the workplace by knowing what your responsibilities are and what an employer`s responsibilities are under health and safety law. You will learn what is covered by health and safety law and why it is important to follow health and safety procedures. You will also learn what information can be used to support health and safety in the workplace. You will need to be able to assess risk and to help to prevent accidents. You will also learn how to make suggestions on ways to improve health and safety practice in the workplace.
Learning outcomes and assessment criteria
To pass this unit, the learner needs to demonstrate that they can meet all the learning outcomes for the unit. The assessment criteria outline the requirements the learner is expected to meet to achieve the unit.
Unit 43: Health and Safety Procedures in the Workplace
Learning outcomes Assessment criteria
1 Know health and safety procedures in the workplace
1.1 Define the main responsibilities for health and safety in the workplace of the following:
1.2 Describe two health and safety laws affecting the workplace
1.3 Define the importance of following health and safety procedures in the workplace
1.4 Define the types of information or support available in relation to a specified aspect of health and safety in the workplace
2 Be able to carry out tasks with regard to health and safety in the workplace
2.1 Carry out a risk assessment of a specified workplace activity
2.2 Use equipment or tools safely in the workplace
2.3 Describe how to prevent accidents in the workplace
2.4 Assess how own health and safety practices could be improved
Unit amplification: Unit 43: Health and Safety Procedures in the Workplace
AC1.1: Define the main responsibilities for health and safety in the workplace of the following
- Employers: assess and give information about risks in order minimise them; train staff on how to deal with risks, to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees and others in the workplace; consult employees about health and safety issues; protect employees and other people as far as is practicable from risks, e.g. giving and using PPE
- Employees: have a duty to take care for their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by actions of employee; report any concerns relating to health and safety; report any serious risks in the workplace to responsible person for health and safety; follow health and safety training given by the employer; co-operate with their employer on health and safety
AC1.2: Describe two health and safety laws affecting the workplace
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations 2002
- Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013
- Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
- Control of Major Accidents Hazards (COMAH)
- Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (PAT testing)
- Display Screen Equipment Regulations (DSE) 1992
- Importance of following health and safety procedures in the workplace: to avoid people being hurt; to avoid damage to equipment and property; to avoid organisation being fined or closed down; to avoid organisation and personal image and reputations being damaged or tarnished; to ensure the wellbeing of people within the workplace, to ensure compliance with health and safety laws
- Types of information: websites, leaflets, training, briefings, newsletters, coaching sessions, policies and procedures
- Specified aspects of health and safety: environmental: COSHH, RIDDOR, PAT Testing, Display Screen Equipment
- emergencies: first aid, accident reporting
AC1.3: Define the importance of following health and safety procedures in the workplace
AC1.4: Define the types of information or support available in relation to a specified aspect of health and safety in the workplace
Information for tutors: Unit 43: Health and Safety Procedures in the Workplace
www.hse.gov.uk – the Health and Safety Executive has information on health and safety responsibilities of employers and employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
This unit is internally assessed. To pass this unit the evidence that the learner presents for assessment must demonstrate that they have met the required standard specified in the learning outcomes and assessment criteria and the requirements of the Assessment Strategy.
To ensure that the assessment tasks and activities enable learners to produce valid, sufficient, authentic and appropriate evidence that meets the assessment criteria, centres should apply the Unit Assessment guidance and the requirements of the Assessment Strategy below.
Wherever possible, centres should adopt a holistic approach to assessing the units in the qualification. This gives the assessment process greater rigour and minimises repetition, time and the burden of assessment on all parties involved in the process.
Unit assessment requirements
For the purposes of this qualification, this unit should be assessed in relation to the Skills CFA Assessment Strategy in Annexe A. Simulation is not allowed for this unit. All evidence of occupational competence should be generated through performance under workplace conditions; this includes evidence of achievement for knowledge- based learning outcomes and associated assessment criteria.
Unit assessment guidance
This guidance supports assessors in making decisions about how best to assess each unit and the evidence needed to meet the assessment requirements of the unit. Centres can adapt the guidance for learners and the particular assessment context, as appropriate.
Observation is a suitable approach for this unit and a primary source of evidence. The observation can be done unobtrusively by the assessor with the assessor using oral questioning to support the knowledge underlying the performance being undertaken and to meet some of the assessment criteria in learning outcome 1 (such as AC1.3).
Product evidence seen during or separately from an observed performance must be evaluated and commented on by the assessor. This evidence might include accident books or risk assessment documents completed by the learner. This would be a valid and suitable assessment method for this unit and learning outcome 2, along with question and answer sessions. These can be supported by a witness testimony from an appropriate person within the workplace. For AC2.2, for example, the learner could seek confirmation from a line manager that they have used equipment to complete a work task correctly and safely.
Questioning can be used to demonstrate learner knowledge for learning outcome 1, but best practice would be to integrate this within the observation and discussions, for ease of assessment for both the assessor and the learner. For example, for AC1.3 the learner could describe why it is important to follow health and safety procedures in the workplace, while completing an observed work task.