HABC Level 3 Award in Health & Safety in the Workplace

Qualification Overview:

The Level 3 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace is aimed at supervisors, managers, team leaders as well as individuals wishing to advance their health and safety knowledge. The qualification is intended for learners already working in the capacity of supervisor, manager or team leader and also those who are preparing to start work at this level. Persons gaining this qualification will know that supervisors, managers and team leaders 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 syllabus areas are regarded by the Health and Safety Executive as being important to developing and maintaining safe working procedures in the workplace.

How the qualification is assessed?

This qualification is assessed through a 60-question multiple-choice question examination. The duration of the examination is 2 hours. Successful learners must achieve a score of at least 40 out of 60. Learners will achieve a Merit at 50/60.

Unit 1: Health and Safety in the Workplace:

1. Understand the requirements for health, safety and welfare in the workplace

1.1 Outline the main legal framework and laws relating to health and safety at work
1.2 Outline the welfare provisions that should be made by the employer
1.3 Describe the sources and nature of information that demonstrate compliance and best practice with health and safety requirements
1.4 Outline ways that health and safety information can be communicated
1.5 Define the terms ‘incident’, ‘accident’ and ‘occupational ill health’
1.6 Describe the main causes of injuries and ill health at work

2. Understand the benefits of using a safety management system

2.1 Outline the costs associated with accidents and ill health
2.2 Summarise the typical elements of a safety management system
2.3 Outline the benefits of using a safety management system

3. Understand the principles of risk assessment

3.1 Outline the benefits of assessing and controlling risks at work
3.2 Describe the different types of risk assessment that can be used
3.3 State where specific risk assessments may be required
3.4 State the steps to be taken to complete a simple risk assessment

4. Understand the risks and control methods for common workplace hazards

4.1 Explain how the risks from different hazards may be affected by occupational, environmental, human and organisational factors
4.2 Explain how injuries, ill health and other damage may result following exposure to common workplace hazards
4.3 Identify suitable risk control measures using the principles of the hierarchy of control.