HABC Level 4 Award in Health & Safety in the Workplace

Qualification Overview:

The Level 4 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace is a qualification 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.
Learners gaining this qualification will know 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 as being important to developing safe working procedures in the workplace.

Assessment Guidance:
This qualification is assessed in two parts.

Part 1:

Centre set and marked assessment of 2 sections. Learners are expected to undertake the following activities:
• Section 1 Undertake a risk assessment
• Section 2 Construct a safe system of work
This part of the assessment will be subject to external moderation by HABC after being initially marked by the Nominated Tutor.
Part 1 must be sent to HABC at the same time as the examination paperwork is returned in order for the assessments to be processed.
Guidance for completion of part 1 is contained in appendix 1 of this qualification specification
Suggested forms are contained in Appendix 3 and Appendix 4 of this qualification specification
Where the suggested forms are not used, Centres must still use the cover sheet found in Appendix 3.

Part 2

Examination consisting of 2 sections with a total duration of 2.5 hours.
• Section 1 contains 30 multiple-choice questions. Total marks available in this section are 30.
• Section 2 contains 6 longer written questions from which the learner answers 4 of their choice.

Total marks available in this section are 70.

Marks from both sections will be added together to determine the learner’s grade. Learners will achieve a Pass at 60% overall, a Merit at 70% and a Distinction at 80%.

Unit 1: Health and Safety in the Workplace:

1. Understand the duties and responsibilities of employers, employees and others in relation to health and safety at work

1.1 Outline the way in which health and safety law is applied in the United Kingdom.
1.2 Explain the duties and responsibilities of employers, employees and others in
relation health and safety at work
1.3 Explain the potential cost and effects of poor health and safety standards.
1.4 Explain the role of training, maintenance and workplace layout in reducing risks.

2. Understand the process by which health and safety is managed in an organisation

2.1 Explain the role of health and safety polices in managing health and safety
2.2 Explain methods to ensure employers and employees communicate and co-operate on
health and safety issues effectively
2.3 Explain the role of risk assessments and safe systems of work in the management of
health and safety.
2.4 Describe management and audit processes and documentation used to maintain and
improve health and safety standards.
2.5 Outline sources of information and instructions on health and safety and where
they are found.

3. Understand procedures for developing and implementing risk assessment

3.1 Outline procedure for the development, implementation and recording of risk
assessments.
3.2 Construct risk assessments for a range of tasks and procedures, such as
manufacturing/construction tasks, substances hazardous to health, general hazards of the working environment.

4. Understand procedures for developing and implementing safe systems of work

4.1 Outline procedure for the development, implementation and recording of safe systems of work.
4.2 Construct a safe system of work for a range of tasks and procedures, such as manufacturing/construction tasks, substances hazardous to health, general hazards of the working environment.

5. Know how to review health and safety across an organisation

5.1 Explain procedures for reviewing an organisation’s practices and policy with regards to health and safety at work.
5.2 Explain the principles of incident investigation
5.3 State how changes can be implemented following a review of risk assessments, safe systems of work and incidents.

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