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Module Title
Health And Safety Law

Common law, duty of care, vicarious liability, development of UK health and safety system, Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Introduction to EU health and safety law, Framework Directive

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedOctober 2002
ApprovedMarch 2013
AmendedNovember 2006
Version No.1

Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to SCQF 11 entry requirement or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

1. To enable students to critically assess the common law rules relating to health and safety.
2. To facilitate a deep understanding of the development of health and safety law in the United Kingdom.

Learning Outcomes for Module

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

1. Discuss the common law health and safety rules which protect employees.
2. Critically assess the development of the statutory rules relating to health and safety.
3. Asses the impact of the law of the European Union on UK law.

Indicative Module Content

Common law rules, duty of care, vicarious liability history and sources of statute law in the UK governing health and safety, Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, European Health and Safety Law, Framework Directive.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Part TimeDistance Learning
Lectures/ Seminars

Directed Study



Private Study



Mode of Delivery

Lectures and Seminars.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Coursework 1,2,3

This module will be assessed through written coursework.

Indicative Bibliography

1.STRANKS, J., 2005. Health and Safety Law. 5th ed. Pearson, Education
2.STRANKS, J., 2006. Employment Law and Occupational Health: A Practical Handbook. Blackwell Publishing
3.RIDLEY, J & CHANNING, J., 2003. Safety at Work. Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd.
4.HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE, 2013. Managing for health and safety (HSG65). London: HSE (

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