Award in Principles of Health and Safety in the Workplace – Level 4

Qualification Overview

The Level 4 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace is a qualification aimed at Supervisors and Managers with a direct responsibility for health and safety management. The qualification is intended for learners already working in the capacity of supervisor or manager and those who are preparing to start work at this level. Learners gaining this qualification will know that supervisors and managers have legal and moral obligations to ensure health and safety within a business and that this includes obligations to employees, contractors, visitors and suppliers. Its subject areas are regarded by the Health and Safety Executive as being important to developing safe working procedures in the workplace.

Course Content

  • Fundamentals of health & safety law
  • Principles of accident prevention, safety monitoring & risk assessment
  • Ergonomics
  • Fire & electrical safety
  • Hazardous substances
  • Manual handling/Personal protective equipment
  • Noise at work/Stress at work
  • Display screen equipment
  • Construction, contracting & maintenance operations

Course Duration

40 Hours

How the qualification is assessed

This qualification is assessed in two parts:
Part 1

  • Section 1 Undertake a risk assessment
  • Section 2 Construct a safe system of work

Part 2
Examination consisting of 2 sections with a total duration of 2.5 hours.

  • Section 1 contains 30 multiple-choice questions. Total marks avaiable in this section are 30.
  • Section 2 contains 6 longer written questions from which the learner answers 4 of their choice. Total marks available in this section are 70.

Learners must achieve a pass in both parts of the assessment in order to achieve the qualification. Thisqualification is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and the learner’s grade will be determined by the total combined mark achieved from both sections of the examination. Learners will achieve a Pass at 60% overall, a Merit at 70% and a Distinction at 80%.

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