4.1 Analyse the effectiveness of the risk evaluation process for hazardous substances.

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Unit OHS604: Working with Hazards and Emergencies in Occupational Health and Safety 

Qualifi Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management

Unit code: RQF
Level: 6

Unit Aims
This unit aims to provide learners with knowledge of emergency preparedness, common workplace hazards and controls, the principles of fire and explosion safety, the management of hazardous substances, the management of noise, vibrations and radiation and Environmental Management Systems.

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

Learning Outcomes: When awarded credit for this unit, a learner will:

Assessment Criteria: Assessment of this learning outcome will require a learner to demonstrate that they can:

1. Understand emergency preparedness within the workplace.

1.1 Analyse ways in which cost-effective recommendations can be made that are capable of improving an Emergency Preparedness Plan, procedures and policies.

1.2 Quantify the level of compliance with legal

1.3 requirements relating to fire prevention, response and evacuation.

1.4 Analyse ways in which a cost-effective business case can be made that meet financial, technical and operational objectives.

1.5 Analyse the impact arising from revisions to emergency plans due to changes in the workplace and activities.

2. Understand the different types of workplace hazards and their controls.

2.1 Analyse the suitability of risk assessment and mitigation arrangements for common workplace hazards.

2.2 Analyse ways in which cost-effective solutions to risk assessment and mitigation arrangements can be made in high risk work environments.

2.3 Analyse ways in which noise curtailment strategies can be developed that meet legal requirements.

2.4 Analyse in which cost-effective recommendations can be made for improvements to exposure to levels of vibration.

2.5 Evaluate the characteristics of effective processes to investigate radiation-related incidents and management systems.


3. Understand the principles of fire and explosion safety management in the workplace.

3.1 Analyse the requirements of fire and explosion safety legislation and standards.

3.2 Evaluate the effectiveness of technical fire inspections, training, fire protection surveys and fire risk assessment.

3.3 Evaluate the effectiveness of the management of active and passive fire protection systems.

4. Understand the management of hazardous substances.

4.1 Analyse the effectiveness of the risk evaluation process for hazardous substances.

4.2 Evaluate the efficacy of techniques to monitor exposure to hazardous substances within workplace exposure limits.

4.3 Analyse ways in which cost-effective recommendations can be made for improvements to control measures for hazardous substances.

4.4 Evaluate the efficacy of spill response plans.

4.5 Evaluate the use of occupational health surveillance in monitoring workers’ exposure to hazardous substances.

Indicative Content

  • Emergency preparedness: legal requirements; COMAH; preparing plans (disaster recovery, event control, fire response and evacuation); First Aid needs analysis; provision of medical assistance and First Aid; testing; review and revision (LO1)
  • Working at Height (WAH); confined spaces; storage and stacking; extreme temperatures; excavations; lone working; powered equipment; bullying and harassment; stress; slips, trips and falls; caught in hazards and struck by hazards; electricity; manual handling; Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER); Provision and Use of Working Equipment Regulations (PUWER); stress management; Noise; vibration; radiation and their control; effects of health from exposure; interface with other groups e.g. design & engineering to reduce the impact of noise; vibration monitoring; routine and non-routine vibration data; sources of vibration information; ionizing and non-ionizing radiation: investigating overexposures, accidents, losses, thefts, unauthorized receipts, misuses, other deviations from approved safety practice, radiation emergencies, radiation audits (LO2)
  • Preparing fire plans; Responsible Person(s) for fire safety; Fire safety: fire safety engineering; fire hazards and risk assessments; ignition of solids, liquids and gases; explosions and explosive combustion; fire safety control measures; fire-fighting systems; fire protection drawings and arrangements in accordance with legislation, guidance and standards (LO3)
  • Forms and classifications of hazardous substances and their health risks; routes of entry and related ill health; risk evaluation; sources of information and control measures including monitoring, emergency procedures, first aid arrangements, spill response, medical screening, transport; waste management; the communication of hazards; asbestos management; poly-chlorinated biphenyls; spill response plans for oil, acid and mercury; handling of toxic gases, infectious materials, hazardous chemicals and mixed waste; biological agents; occupational health surveillance for chronic and acute conditions; workplace exposure limits; safety data sheets; labelling; Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and equivalents (LO4)

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