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Module Title
Health and Safety Management Fundamentals

Health, Safety, Risk Management, Safety Systems, Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Human Factors.

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedApril 2013
ApprovedJuly 2013
AmendedAugust 2013
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Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

The aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of the context and key components of health and safety management in the work place.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Critically discuss the factors which oblige organisations to manage health and safety.
2. Review and evaluate the various means by which organisations manage health and safety.
3. Analyse current practices in use in organisations and the implications for all aspects of performance.
4. Communicate knowledge and understanding of key concepts in a clear and concise way, orally and in writing, and through the use of appropriate group involvement techniques to facilitate the learning of others.

Indicative Module Content

The module will seek to develop a good foundation of key aspects in health and safety. These components will include: health and safety law; people and their behaviours; accident investigation, hazard identification and risk management; and safety management systems. The learning will also be supplemented with guest speakers from a variety of industries. This will help develop a deeper understanding of the issues and the context of why health and safety is important, current obligations on employers and employees, health and safety systems and required practices to manage health and safety effectively.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study

Coursework Preparation
Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

This module is a lecture based module with student-led seminars, directed self-study and private study.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2
Component 2 3,4


Component 1 will take the form of a class test (60%).

Indicative Bibliography

1.BOYLE, A., 2010. Health and safety: risk management. 3rd ed. Wigston: IOSH Services.
2.HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE, 2013. Managing for health and safety (HSG65). [online]. London: HSE. Available from:
3.HOLT, A.S.J., 2009. Principles of health and safety at work. 8th ed. Wigston: IOSH Services.

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781