Qualification Specification HABC Level 1 Award in Principles of Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF)

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1 Qualification Specification HABC Level 1 Award in Principles of Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF) Qualification Number: 600/6789/5 Highfield House Heavens Walk Lakeside Doncaster South Yorkshire DN4 5HZ United Kingdom Tel Tel Fax Version 2 April 2013

2 Contents Introduction... 3 Qualification Details... 3 Key facts... 3 Qualification Overview... 3 Entry Requirements... 3 Qualification Structure... 3 Assessment Guidance... 4 Age ranges... 4 Geographical Coverage... 4 Tutor Requirements... 4 Reasonable Adjustments and Special Considerations... 5 ID requirements... 5 Progression... 5 Useful Websites... 5 Recommended Training Materials... 5 Unit 1: Understanding Health and Safety in the Workplace... 6 Unit Content

3 HABC Level 1 Award in Principles of Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF) Introduction This qualification specification is designed to outline all you need to know in order to offer this qualification in your centre. If you have any further questions, please contact your account manager. Qualification Details The HABC Level 1 Award in Principles of Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF) has been accredited by the regulators of England and Wales (Ofqual and the Welsh Government) and is part of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). It is supported by Proskills, the Sector Skills Council for the process and manufacturing sector. Key facts QAN: 600/6789/5 Learning Aim Reference: Guided learning hours (GLH): 4 Credit Value: 1 Assessment Method: Multiple-choice examination Qualification Overview The Level 1 Award in Principles of Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF) is a qualification intended for learners working in any environment, including Retail, Manufacturing, Food premises and the Care environment. It is also suitable for those who are returning to work or starting work for the first time. Learners gaining this qualification will know that Health and Safety is the responsibility of everyone within a business, including contractors, visitors and suppliers Entry Requirements There are no prerequisites for this qualification. It is advised that learners have a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or numeracy or equivalent Qualification Structure This qualification is made up of one mandatory unit, the details of which are included at the end of this document. Learners must successfully complete the assessment for the unit to achieve the qualification. This qualification can be taken as a free standing qualification or as part of a wider programme of training. 3

4 Assessment Guidance This qualification is assessed through a 15-question multiple-choice question examination. The duration of the examination is 30 minutes. Successful learners must achieve a score of at least 10 out of 15. Following the assessment, a list of results will be provided to the centre contacts stating whether learners have passed or failed. Certificates for successful learners will be dispatched for distribution by the centre contacts. Age ranges These qualifications are approved for delivery to learners aged 14+ Geographical Coverage These qualifications are suitable for learners in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. Tutor Requirements HABC require that Nominated Tutors have teaching experience and hold a qualification in the relevant subject area. It is recommended that nominated tutors should have a Higher Level Health and Safety qualification from a recognised awarding body together with a training qualification. Suitable subject area qualifications/experience may include: Degree of Dip.HE in a related subject such as: Environmental Health, Occupational Health and Safety or one that contains elements of these. HNC/D in a related subject (as outlined above); Level 3 or 4 qualification in Health and Safety or equivalent; NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health; NEBOSH Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health; Suitable experience and/or expertise upon agreement from HABC. Suitable teaching qualifications include: HABC Level 3 International Award in Delivering Training, or equivalent Level 3 or 4 PTLLS or above Diploma or Certificate in Education Bachelors or Masters Degree in Education City and Guilds Teachers Certificate or equivalent Level 3 or 4 NVQ in Training and/or Development Proof of at least 30 hours of training in any subject Nominated Tutors should also be able to demonstrate relevant experience and knowledge in a work context and provide evidence of engagement with the subject field and continuing professional development. 4

5 Reasonable Adjustments and Special Considerations HABC has measures in place for learners who require additional support. Please see the HABC Reasonable Adjustments Policy. ID requirements All learners must be instructed to bring photographic identification to the assessment to be checked by the invigilator/assessor. This instruction should be given ahead of the course/assessment when the learner registers and/or with any pre-course materials. It is the responsibility of the centre to have systems in place to ensure that the person taking an examination/assessment is indeed the person they are purporting to be. All centres are therefore required to ensure that each learner s photographic identification is checked before they are allowed to undertake the examination/assessment and write the type of photo identification provided by each learner on the Learner List under Identification Provided. HABC will accept the following as proof of a learner s identity: o o o o Valid passport (any nationality) Signed UK photo card driving licence Valid warrant card issued by HM Forces, Police Other photographic ID card, e.g. employee ID card (must be current employer), student ID card, travel card. For more information on learner ID requirements, please refer to section 8 of the HABC Examination and Invigilation Regulations contained within the Core Manual. Progression Progression routes could include:- HABC Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF) HABC Level 2 Award in Risk Assessment (QCF) Useful Websites Recommended Training Materials The Essentials of Health and Safety: General. Sprenger R.A and Farrar D. Highfield.co.uk Ltd The Essentials of Health and Safety: A Guide for Carers. Sprenger R.A and Fisher I. Highfield.co.uk Ltd The Essentials of Health and Safety: in Food Premises. Sprenger R.A and Wordsworth M. Highfield.co.uk Ltd The Essentials of Health and Safety Level 1 Training PowerPoint Sprenger, Christian M R. Highfield.co.uk Ltd 5

6 Unit 1: Understanding Health and Safety in the Workplace Unit no: R/504/4040 Level: 1 Credit: 1 GLH: 4 Learning Outcomes The learner will: 1. Understand the importance of health and safety in the workplace Assessment Criteria The learner can: 1.1 State what is meant by health and safety at work 1.2 Define the key terms used in health and safety 1.3 State the main legal responsibilities of employers and employees with respect to health, safety and welfare in the workplace 2. Understand the scope of hazards and risks in the workplace 2.1 Indicate the hazards and risks with reference to: Slips trips and falls Working at heights Manual handling Hazardous substances Machinery and vehicles Electricity Fire Stress 3. Understand the range of workplace conditions that can affect health and safety 3.1 Identify the benefits of maintaining a tidy, well organised workplace 3.2 State the importance of maintaining suitable environmental conditions 3.3 Outline the welfare facilities that should be provided 3.4 Identify the different classes of health and safety signage 4. Understand the requirements for workplace procedures 4.1 Explain the need for reporting accidents, ill health, dangerous events and near misses 4.2 Identify the purpose of first-aid provision 4.3 Identify the types and uses of personal protective equipment 4.4 Outline the importance of personal hygiene 6

7 Unit Content LO1: Understand the importance of health and safety in the workplace. What is meant by health and safety at work e.g. o Health and safety policy o The necessity for high standards of health and safety in any workplace The key terms used in health and safety e.g. o Hazard o Risk o Control Measure o Risk Assessment The main legal responsibilities of employers and employees with respect to health, safety and welfare in the workplace e.g. o Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 o The duties of employers and employees LO2: Understand the scope of hazards and risks in the workplace. The hazards and risks with reference to: o Slips trips and falls How slips, trips and falls cause most major injuries in the workplace How injuries from slips, trips and falls can affect a business and an individual Causes and prevention methods associated with slips, trips and falls o Working at heights How to work from height safely o Manual handling The correct way to lift and carry objects The need for risk assessment for this type of work activity How manual handling causes the most serious injuries in the workplace resulting in time off work o Hazardous substances Procedures to be carried out when handling chemicals Hazards associated with the incorrect use of chemicals How chemicals should be safely disposed of The requirement to use correctly labelled containers for chemicals o Machinery The safe use of work equipment The need to report any defects on equipment used at work Hazards associated with misuse of controls designed for work equipment The correct way to use display screen equipment o Vehicles The safe use of vehicles Hazards associated with misuse of vehicles 7

8 o Electricity The safe use of electrical equipment The causes of electrical shock and how to prevent it o Fire Causes of fire and how fires can be prevented Procedures which should be followed for fire safety What to do on discovering a fire o Stress How to recognise the signs of stress caused by work LO3: Understand the range of workplace conditions that can affect health and safety. The benefits of maintaining a tidy, well organised workplace e.g. o Fewer accidents The importance of maintaining suitable environmental conditions e.g. o Light o Temperature o Ventilation o Space o Noise The welfare facilities that should be provided e.g. o Drinking water o Toilets The different classes of health and safety signage e.g. o Understanding of what different colour coding signifies on safety signs o Identification of some of the most commonly used safety signs in the workplace o The importance of following and complying with the statements on safety signs LO4: Understand the requirements for workplace procedures. The need for reporting accidents, ill health, dangerous events and near misses e.g. o The responsibilities on every employee to prevent accidents in the workplace o legal procedure for reporting certain accidents and incidents o procedures to be used within the workplace o An appreciation of how employees can create hazards which lead to accidents and how these hazards can be prevented o An understanding of the common causes of accidents and the costs to the economy and business The purpose of first-aid provision e.g. o Reporting any first aid issues to the responsible person in the workplace o The need for designated first aiders to undergo appropriate training 8

9 The types and uses of personal protective equipment e.g. o The importance of wearing PPE and the purpose of its provision o The importance of reporting unsuitable or damaged PPE to the employer The importance of personal hygiene 9

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