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Safety, Health And Environmental Risk Management

Safety, Health, Environment, Risk Assessment, Risk Management, Business Continuity, Project Risk, Management Systems, Human Factors

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedJanuary 2014
ApprovedAugust 2014
Version No.1

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Aims of Module

To develop an understanding of the key principles of health, safety and environmental risk management in the professional working environment. Students will gain an appreciation of the key principles of organising, planning, implementing, performing, incident and emergency management, reviewing and continuous improvement associated with Safety, Health and Environmental Risk Management.

Learning Outcomes for Module

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

1. Identify, discuss and evaluate the various hazard analysis techniques used in industry and their effect on management systems.
2. Critically analyse the legal obligations of organisations and individuals in the UK, in relation to health, safety and risk.
3. Evaluate current practices, future developments and integrated management systems in aiding performance.
4. Identify how business continuity and control can be incorporated into corporate strategy for risk management.

Indicative Module Content

Taking into account both Qualitative and Quantitative Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment methods as tools to aid risk management. Hazard Identification Methods (e.g. HAZID, HAZOP, FMEA, PHA, SJA). Development of Safe Systems of Work taking into account principles of ALARP. Business Continuity Planning and Management as part of organisation operational strategy. The impact of legislation and government policy in relation to managing HSE risks. The incorporation of contemporary Management Systems (OHSAS 18001, ISO14001 & ISO3100) within organisations and projects. The influence of Human Factors (Person, Job & Organisation), Risk Perception, Culture of Safety, Behavioural Safety and Wellbeing, in achieving organisational goals.

Indicative Student Workload

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Full TimePart TimeDistance Learning
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Workshop Activities

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

This module is delivered in both full time on campus and online distance modes.
The module utilises a combination of lectures, work-shops, online exercises, tutorials and other student-centred learning activities as appropriate.
Online students will have access to a range of materials and tools to facilitate their learning, including topic guides, online chats, Blackboard Classroom, exercises, group-work areas and discussion fora.

Assessment Plan

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

The key management systems of 'Health & Safety, Sustainability & Environmental, and Risk Management' will provide the main focus for the submission. This will require demonstrable subject area knowledge in each area, and a critical understanding and level of competency, regarding the integrated nature of all 3 systems within a Project framework.

Indicative Bibliography

1.WARING, A. and GLENDON, A.I., 1998. <I>Managing risk: critical issues for survival and success into the 21st century.</I> Filey: Thomson Business Press.
2.KEW, J. and STREDWICK, J., 2008. <I>Business environment: managing in a strategic context.</I> 2nd ed. London: CIPD.
3.HOPKIN, P., 2012. <I>Fundamentals of risk management: understanding, evaluating and implementing effective risk management.</I> London: CIPD. <I>ebook.</I>
4.BOYLE, T., 2012. <I>Health and safety: risk management.</I> 3rd ed. Wigston: IOSH Services Limited.

Additional Notes

Wording of assessment changed to reflect new assessment regime.

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