1. Understand the occupational health and safety risk assessment process.

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Unit OHS603: Risk Management and Control in Occupational Health and Safety 

Qualifi Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management

Unit code: RQF
Level: 6

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Unit Aims
This unit aims to provide learners with knowledge of the health and safety risk assessment process, the principles of health and safety risk control and the management of accidents and near misses.

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

Learning Outcomes: When awarded credit for this unit, a learner will:

Assessment Criteria: Assessment of this learning outcome will require a learner to demonstrate that they can:

1. Understand the occupational health and safety risk assessment process.

1.1 Evaluate an organisation’s risk profile and risk management strategies

1.2 Evaluate the effectiveness of an organisation’s risk assessment procedures and their implementation

1.3 Analyse ways in which cost-effective recommendations can be made for improvements to an organization’s risk assessment procedures

2. Understand the principles of occupational health and safety risk control.

2.1 Evaluate the characteristics and application of different risk control hierarchies.

2.2 Evaluate the suitability of different methods of controlling risk in different circumstances.

2.3 Evaluate the effectiveness of Safe Systems of Work (SSoW), method statements and Permits to Work (PTW).

2.4 Analyse the legal requirements of the implementation of risk assessment and the management of risk.

3. Understand the management of accidents and near misses in a work environment.

3.1 Evaluate the concepts of a near miss and an accident and their significance.

3.2 Analyse ways in which cost-effective accident prevention and loss control systems and programmes can be integrated into operational policies.

3.3 Analyse ways in which accident and near miss investigation processes can be implemented such that they are likely to reduce the frequency and/or severity of accidents.

3.4 Analyse the effectiveness of accident and near miss reporting regimes.

Indicative Content

  • Risk management processes: function & compilation of a risk profile; risk assessments; hazard identification; steps in the risk assessment process; risk management processes and procedures; legal and Safety Management System (SMS) requirements; ways of controlling hazards (LO1)
  • Control of risks: hierarchy of control; risk management in high risk environments e.g. construction sites, manufacturing, offshore, engineering etc; methods of controlling risk e.g. eliminate, reduce, engineering controls, management controls (SSoW, PTWs etc), PPE etc (LO2)
  • Accident and near miss investigation processes; cause analysis inc. methods and techniques; identification of corrective action plans; achievement of annual targets for accident frequency, severity and cost reductions; Reporting of Incidences, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulation (RIDDOR), powers of enforcement officers, Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE), role of Trades Unions in health and safety; Heinrich’s/Bird’s Safety Pyramid (LO3)

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