Generic Health and Safety Syllabus [1 June 2016]

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Syllabus areas


Learning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:


1. Health and Safety Legislation

  • Legal responsibilities
  • RIDDOR (reportable diseases)

1.1 Know the responsibilities of employers and employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

1.2 Know what is meant by the term ‘reasonably practicable’

1.3 Know why procedural compliance with health and safety legislation is monitored

1.4 Know what accidents require reporting to the Health and Safety Executive under RIDDOR

1.5 Know the main features and legal requirements of COSHH (including COSHH assessments)

1.6 Know how to recognise hazardous substances that may require COSHH assessments

2. Noise, vibration and asbestos


  • Noise at work
  • RSI and Upper Limb Disorder
  • Asbestos
  • Vibration


2.1 Know the noise action ‘trigger’ levels

2.2 Know how to manage and mitigate noise levels caused by permitted activities on site

2.3 Know when exposure to hand-arm vibration and whole body vibration may occur

2.4 Know the requirements for controlling and preventing the effects of vibration at work

2.5 Know where to go for more information on controlling and preventing the effects of vibration at work

2.6 Know an operator’s responsibilities regarding potential exposure to Asbestos and other harmful substances when managing waste


3. Risk Assessment


  • Reasons for monitoring health and safety
  • Risk Assessment


3.1 Know the difference between a hazard and risk

3.2 Know the purpose of risk assessment

3.3 Know the first stage of risk control

3.4 Know why Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the last stage in risk control

3.5 Know the requirements for monitoring and ensuring staff practices comply with health and safety procedures



4. People on site (staff and non-staff)


  • Traffic Management Plan
  • Onsite Contractors
  • Safety Signs
  • Safety Information




4.1 Know the purpose and main features of a Traffic Management Plan

4.2 Know the control measures used to minimise the risk posed by vehicles reversing on site

4.3 Know the responsibilities for onsite contractors with regards to health and safety

4.4 Know the different health and safety signs used on site

4.5 Know the safety information that should be given to anyone visiting the site



5. Permits to work


  • Requirements
  • Definitions
  • Explosive atmospheres
  • Confined spaces

5.1 Know what a Permit to Work is

5.2 Know when a Permit to Work is required

5.3 Know what is meant by the terms:
–    an explosive atmosphere
–    oxygen deficient areas (confined space)

5.4 Know the tests required before entering a confined space

5.5  Know who is permitted to enter a confined space once tests have been carried out

5.6  Know how to control the risk of falling from a height

6. Requirements of Using equipment
  • Lifting Equipment
  • Work place equipment
  • Plant maintenance




6.1    Know the main features and legal requirements of:
–    LOLER
–    PUWER
6.2 Know the inspection frequencies for lifting equipment
6.3 Know what is meant by the terms:
–    ‘roll-over-protection’  
–    S.W.L.
6.4 Know the routine maintenance required on:
–    plant
–    equipment
6.5    Know who can carry out maintenance on plant and equipment


7.   Manual Handling

  • Manual handling techniques

7.1 Know the factors to consider when undertaking a manual handling task

7.2 Know the alternatives to manual lifting

7.3 Know what is meant by the term ‘team lifting’

NB:  this continuing competence test does not remove the need for appropriate Health and Safety training.  

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