Further Information

Awarding Body: 

Highfield Qualification

Course Duration: 

Minimum 5 days classroom based


This qualification is assessed in two parts:

Part 1:

Externally set and marked activities.  Learners are expected to undertake the following activities:

  • Undertake a risk assessment
  • Construct a safe system of work

Part 2:

A 3-hour written examination that contains a case study of a fictional business which outlines its current health and safety standards, policies and procedures.

Learners must successfully complete both parts to achieve the qualification. However, marks from part 2 will be used to determine the learners grade.  Learners will achieve a Pass at 60%, a Merit at 70% and a Distinction at 80%.

Overview and Benefits

This qualification is aimed at supervisors and managers with a direct responsibility for health and safety management. The qualification is intended for learners already working in the capacity of supervisor or manager and those who are preparing to start work at this level.

The course allows learners to understand that supervisors and managers have legal and moral obligations to ensure health and safety within a business and that this includes obligations to employees, contractors, visitors and suppliers.  Its subject areas are regarded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as being important for developing safe working procedures in the workplace.  As part of this course it is expected that the learner must understand that the requirements of health, safety and welfare; the benefits of a health and safety management system; the risks and control measures for common workplace hazards; how to manage the effects of incidents and accidents; and the principles of risk assessment.

Course Content

This qualification will cover:

  1. Duties and responsibilities of employers, employees and others in relation to health and safety at work including health and safety law within the United Kingdom;
  2. The process by which health and safety is managed in an organisation including policies; communication; auditing processes;
  3. Procedures on the development and implementation of risk assessments;
  4. Development of safe systems of work;
  5. Review of health and safety across a large organisation;
  6. How to apply health and safety theory into real workplace examples.
Course Objectives

This qualification will enable successful candidates to:

  • Know the Health & Safety Law and how it is applied within the UK;
  • Manage health and safety within an organisation:
    • The role of training, maintenance and workplace layout in reducing risks;
    • The role of health and safety polices in managing health and safety;
    • Methods to ensure employers and employees communicate and co-operate on health and safety issues effectively;
    • Management and audit processes and documentation used to maintain and improve health and safety standards;
    • Outline sources of information and instructions on health and safety and where they are found;
    • Explain procedures for reviewing an organisation’s practices and policy with regards to health and safety at work.
  • Understand procedures for developing and implementing risk assessments and safe systems of work:
    • The role of risk assessments and safe systems of work in the management of health and safety;
    • Procedures for the development, implementation and recording of risk assessments;
    • Construct risk assessments for a range of tasks and procedures, such as manufacturing/construction tasks, general hazards of the working environment;
    • Procedures for the development, implementation and recording of safe systems of work (method statement or standard operating procedures);
    • Construct a safe system of work for a range of tasks and procedures, such as manufacturing/construction tasks, general hazards of the working environment.
  • How to review health and safety across an organisation:
    • Explain the principles of incident investigation;
    • State how changes can be implemented following a review of risk assessments, safe systems of work and incidents;
  • Health and safety topics including:
    • Fire Safety;
    • Electrical Safety;
    • Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER);
    • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER);
    • Manual Handling Operations Regulations;
    • Work at Height Regulations;
    • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH);
    • Control of Asbestos Regulations;
    • Causes of occupational diseases and conditions;
    • Legionella;
    • Drugs, alcohol and lifestyle initiatives;
    • Violence at work;
    • The legal requirements and duties of the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations;
    • The legal requirements and duties imposed by the Health and safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations;
    • Ergonomics;
    • Construction Design and Management Regulations;
    • Control of Vibration at Work Regulations;
    • Control of Noise at Work Regulations;
    • Gas Safety;
    • Pressure Systems;
    • Confined Spaces.