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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Postgraduate Medical School Short Name: WPLACESAFEQP
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: EDGAR J Dr (PGMS)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
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Assessment Pattern

Components of Assessment
Percentage Weighting
An assignment report is required approximately 3000 words in length, excluding appendices, references and bibliography. The report is in two parts; one part is intended to test the student’s ability to explain to a management audience specified scientific and/or technical principles, the other is based on a scenario and is intended to test the student’s ability to carry out a risk assessment and identify suitable control measures.

Module Overview


Module Aims

The aim of this module is to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of the risks and control measures associated with work equipment, the workplace and associated factors.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the student will be able to: 

1.       Assess the risks and identify suitable control measures for:
a)       the safe use of machinery including computer controlled machinery and robots;
b)       the safe use of lifting equipment;
c)       the safe use of workplace transport;
d)       fire and explosion;
e)       construction activities; and
f)         work in confined spaces.
2.       Know and understand:
a)       the requirements for the safe use of electricity;
b)       the concept of component and system reliability; and
c)       the principles of material science.
3.       Advise management on the requirements of the following legislation, including Approved Codes of Practice and Guidance Notes:
a)       the Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998;
b)       the Lifting and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998;
c)       the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 1992;
d)       the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989;
e)       the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000;
f)         the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations) 1992;
g)       the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996;
h)       the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994;
i)         the Work in Confined Spaces Regulations 1997;
j)         the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997, as amended; and the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002


Cognitive Skills

  • Critically appraise the practitioner’s own competency in analysing and interpreting legislation and approved codes of practice.
  • Develop existing knowledge to problem solve specific work related issues.


Practical Skills

  • Advanced knowledge of control measures necessary to enhance safety of the work environment.


Key Skills

  • Apply and evaluate research-based evidence to enhance the requirements of the organisation and its employees.
  • Implement effective leadership skills demonstrating an ability to negotiate contentious issues.

Module Content

·         Safety in the use of machinery


·         Safety in the use of cranes, lifts and lift trucks


·         Safety in the use of workplace transport


·         Component and system reliability


·         Electricity, electrical circuits and electrical equipment


·         Materials science as it relates to the failure of components, structures and pressure systems


·         Safe working in confined spaces


·         The provision and safe use of temporary access


·         Safety in demolition and dismantling


·         Safe working in excavations


·         The physics and chemistry of fire and explosion


·         Fire risk assessment for workplaces and dangerous substances


·         Means of escape in case of fire



Methods of Teaching/Learning

Formal lectures, discussion and directed reading

Selected Texts/Journals
HSC; Workplace health, safety and welfare, Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Approved code of practice and guidance, L24; HSE Books
HSC; Safe use of work equipment. Provision and Use of Work Equipment
Regulations 1998, Approved code of practice and guidance, L22; HSE Books
HSC; Safe use of lifting equipment. Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. Approved code of practice and guidance, L113; HSE Books
HSC; Safe work in confined spaces. Confined Spaces Regulations 1997. Approved code of practice and guidance, L101; HSE Books
HSE; Health and safety in construction, HSG150; HSE Books
HSE; Health and safety for small construction sites, HSG130; HSE Books
HSE; Fire safety; an employers guide; HSE Books
Fire Service Manual, Volume 1; Fire Service Technology, Equipment and Media: Physics and Chemistry for Firefighters
Lewis A & Dailey W; Fire Protection Association, Library of Fire Safety Volume 5, Fire Risk Management in the Workplace, A Guide for Employees; Fire Protection Association
Ron Miller; Tolley’s Fire Safety Management Handbook; LexisNexisTM Tolley
HSE; Electricity at work. Safe working practices, HSG85; HSE Books
HSE; Maintaining portable and transportable electrical equipment, HSG107; HSE Books    
HSE; Maintaining portable electrical equipment in offices and other low risk environments, INDG236; HSE Books
HSE; Workplace transport safety, HSG136; HSE Books.
HSE; Safety in working with lift trucks, HSG6; HSE Books
Stranks J; The Handbook of Health and Safety Practice; Prentice-Hall
Tolley’s Health and Safety at Work; Butterworths Tolley
HSC; Safety of pressure systems. Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000.
Approved code of practice, L122; HSE Books
HSC; Safe use of woodworking machinery. Provision and Use of Work Equipment
Regulations 1998 as applied to woodworking machinery. Approved code of practice and guidance, L114; HSE Books
HSC; Safe use of power presses. Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
1998 as applied to power presses. Approved code of practice and guidance, L112;
HSE Books
HSE; Five steps to risk assessment. Case studies HSG183; HSE Books
HSE; Slips and trips. Guidance for employers on identifying hazards and controlling risks, HSG155; HSE Books
HSE; Thermal comfort in the workplace: HSG194; HSE Books
HSE; General ventilation in the workplace: guidance for employers, HSG202; HSE Books
HSE; Lighting at work, HSG38; HSE Books
HSE; Seating at work, HSG57; HSE Books
HSE; Officewise, INDG173; HSE Books
HSE; In the driving seat, INDG242; HSE Books
HSE; Health and safety in roof work, HSG33; HSE Books
HSE; Health and safety in retail and wholesale warehouses, HSG76; HSE Books
HSE; Health and safety in engineering workshops, HSG129; HSE Books
HSE; Managing construction for health and safety The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994. Approved code of practice, HSG224; HSE Books
HSE; Safe use of vehicles on construction sites, HSG144; HSE Books
HSE; Fire safety in construction work, HSG168; HSE Books
HSE; Electrical safety on construction sites, HSG141; HSE Books
HSE; The storage of flammable liquids in containers, HSG51; HSE Books
HSE; Safe use and handling of flammable liquids, HSG140; HSE Books
HSE; The storage of flammable liquids in tanks, HSG176; HSE Books
HSE; The spraying of flammable liquids, HSG178; HSE Books
HSE; Lift trucks in potentially hazardous atmospheres, HSG113; HSE Books
HSE; Chemical warehousing; Storage of packed dangerous substances, HSG71; HSE Books
DETR;The Building Regulations 1991, Approved Document B, Fire safety; HMSO
BSI; BS EN 292: Part1:1991; Safety of machinery - Basic concepts, general principles for design. Part 1. Basic terminology, methodology
BSI; BS EN 292: Part2:1991; Safety of machinery - Basic concepts, general principles for design. Part 2. Technical principles and specifications
BSI; BS EN 1050:1997; Safety of machinery - Principles for risk assessment
HSE; Industrial robot safety, HSG43; HSE Books
HSE; Memorandum of guidance on the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, HSR25; HSE Books
Gordon, JE; The New Science of Strong Materials or Why You don’t Fall Through the Floor; Penguin
Gordon, JE; Structure or Why Things Don’t Fall Down; Penguin
Street, A & Alexander,W; Metals in the Service of Man; Penguin
Lancaster, J; Engineering catastrophes, causes and effects of major accidents, Cambridge, Abington 1996
Bretherick, L; Hazards in the Chemical Laboratory; Royal Society of Chemistry
Carson, PA & Mumford, CJ; Hazardous Chemicals Handbook; Butterworth-Heinemann
Last Updated

20th May 2008