The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) safety culture maturity model (SCMM) is described in Offshore Technology Report 2000 049. The SCMM is a tool that puts the focus on improving behaviour and culture.

  
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UNIT ID1: KNOW - WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY PRINCIPLES (INTERNATIONAL) 

NEBOSH International Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals

PAPER 2 OF 2 PAPER 1 AVAILABLE

Guidance to learners

There are two question papers for this assessment. This paper (Paper 2 of 2) contains the following assessment part:

  • Part 2: tasks that you will need to complete in a suitable workplace (150 available marks).
  • Part 3: reflective tasks (100 available marks).
  • Part 4: a short research project (150 available marks).

All the tasks and activities in all parts of the assessment are mandatory.

Part 2: Workplace-based activities

The following activities must be carried out on your chosen workplace. Typically this is the workplace in which you normally work. However, if your workplace is not suitable (for example it does not provide sufficient scope), you can choose any suitable workplace, provided you can access the information you need to complete the activities in this part.

Activity 1: Description of your chosen organisation

This section is very important. It describes the context of your organisation. The answers you give to the remaining activities in Part 2 must be consistent with the information you provide here. This information ‘paints a picture’ that helps the Examiner award you marks for relevance and suitability in those later activities. For example, if you work in the service sector, such as banking or insurance, it would be unusual to later describe a situation where welding contractors are repairing a chemical storage tank in your own organisation; but that would not be unusual in a chemical factory.

1         Provide a detailed description of your chosen organisation. Representative examples should be included where relevant.

As a minimum, your description must include the following

-         Industrial sector, e.g., agriculture, service industry, manufacturing, etc

-         Physical features of the site (if your chosen organisation has multiple sites, describe only the site that you are basing your assessment on)

-         location

-         approximate site area

-         number and types (e.g., offices, warehouse, etc) of buildings

-         Main activities carried out at the site

-         Worker profile and work organisation at the site

-         the main roles and responsibilities within the organisation with examples

-         number of workers by employment status with examples, e.g., contract, full-time, etc

-         number and types of vulnerable groups

-         the typical work shift pattern(s).                                                                       (10)

Note: You are free to include any other information that you think is relevant, but no additional marks are available. You are therefore advised to include as much relevant detail as you can under the above categories.

If the location or activity of your organisation is sensitive (for whatever reason) you are permitted to create fictitious (but nonetheless representative) details. For example, the location may be changed if this would otherwise reveal sensitive detail.

Activity 2: Management of contractors

2       (a) Review how your chosen organisation (outlined in Activity 1) selects contractors and manages them while they are on site.

Your answer must consider the main topics from INDG368, specifically

  • identification of job
  • criteria for selection of contractors
  • assessing the risks from the work
  • provision of information, instruction and training
  • co-operation and co-ordination
  • consultation with workforce
  • management and supervision of contractors while on site
  • relevant legal requirements.                                                                             (20)

Note: You must use suitable examples from your chosen organisation to illustrate your answer.

(b) Make TWO recommendations for improving contractor selection or management in your chosen organisation, AND justify EACH of the recommendations.                                 (20)

Notes: The recommendations can be from the same topic, but they must require separate actions and have different outcomes. For example, you may make two recommendations that relate to contractor selection criteria.

You must use the Activity 2(b) format table provided in the answer sheet to record your answers.

There are 10 marks available for each recommendation.

Activity 3: Safety culture maturity model

3         The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) safety culture maturity model (SCMM) is described in Offshore Technology Report 2000/049. The SCMM is a tool that puts the focus on improving behaviour and culture. As a result, it should only be adopted by organisations that at least have the safety basics in place. The SCMM is comprised of 5 Levels.

(a)      Regardless of whether your organisation meets the minimum specific criteria for adoption of the model, evaluate, with reasoning, which level of the SCMM best fits your chosen organisation.                                                                                                        (20)

Note: You should use relevant examples from your organisation to support your evaluation.

(b)      Based on the outcome of your analysis in 3(a), you must identify THREE realistic actions for improving or sustaining safety culture maturity in your chosen organisation.

You must

-         state the action

-         explain what the action is intended to do

-         explain how the action`s effectiveness will be measured.                                (15)

Notes: If your evaluation determines a Level 5 result associated with the model, actions are still generally needed to stop complacency. If you feel that your organisation is currently at Level 5 of the model, you must identify areas where performance can be improved to stop complacency and enable continual improvement to take place.

You must use the Activity 3(b) format table provided in the answer sheet to record your answers.

There are 5 marks available for each action.

Activity 4: Training

4         The HSE’s guidance document ‘Health and safety training: a brief guide’ (INDG345) sets out a five-step approach to health and safety training.

(a) Comment on the strengths and weaknesses in your chosen organisation’s approach to health and safety training for Step 5: ‘Check the training has  worked’.                            (20)

Notes: You must support your answers with relevant examples from your chosen organisation.

(b)      Based on your evaluation from 4(a), identify THREE realistic improvements for Step 5 of the training process.

For EACH improvement, give

-         a description of the improvement

-         an explanation of what the improvement is intended to do

-         an explanation of how the effectiveness of the improvement will be measured.                                                            (15)

Notes: Usually, improvements would come from identified weaknesses. But, if your evaluation did not identify any areas of weakness, you must still identify realistic improvements that would help your organisation perform even better.

You must use the Activity 4(b) format table provided in the answer sheet to record your answers.

There are 5 marks available for each improvement.

Activity 5: Monitoring and measuring - Audits

5        Compare your chosen organisation against TEN of the requirements of the audit standard given in supporting document 1.                                                        (30)

Part 3: Reflection

Task1: Ethics

1        Professional codes of conduct are usually based on ethical principles.

(a)      Evaluate your own professional practice against the following ethical principles

-         integrity.                                                                                                                                                               (15)

-         personal conflicts of interest.                                                                                                                                  (15)

Notes: You must give relevant examples to support your answers.

Your professional practice does not have to be health and safety- related; it can relate to a previous job or experience.

(b)      From your evaluations in part (a)

-         suggest THREE actions that you consider will improve aspects of your ethical professional practice

-         explain what difference the action(s) will make to your professional practice

-         explain how you will review the effectiveness of these actions.                                                                                  (30)

Notes: You must use the Task 1(b) format table provided in the answer sheet to record your answer.

There are 10 marks available for each action.

Task 2: Transferable leadership skills

The aim of this part of the assessment is for you to reflect on transferable leadership and professional skills that you may already have and/or need to develop. These skills could have been acquired either through your work life (whether this is in health and safety or some other work activities) or your personal life.

For instance, you may want to draw examples where you have been chairing a meeting or been required to make decisions under pressure. Alternatively, you may carry out voluntary work and want to draw on this for your examples. The examples can be from any element of your working or personal life.

2      (a) Compare your own leadership experience against the characteristics of a resonant leader. You must identify EIGHT resonant leader characteristics and show how these are, or are not, reflected in your own leadership style.

You must use relevant personal examples to support your answer.                       (20)

Note: You must use the Task 2(a) format table provided in the answer sheet to record your answers.

(b)      Select what you consider to be thTWO most important resonant leader characteristics, and comment on how you will develop these, what difference they will make to your leadership style, and how you will review the effectiveness of the changes.      (20)

Notes: You must use the Task 2(b) format table provided in the answer sheet to record your answers.

There are 10 marks available for each characteristic.

Part 4: Research Project

Task: Short research report on benchmarking

Task brief

Prepare a brief report on what you believe are the THREE most significant critical success factors (CSFs) for effective benchmarking of health and safety management performance.

Make your report no more than 3500 words; approximately 500 words of the 3500 must be used for the executive summary.

Your report should NOT be based on your chosen organisation but on the body of evidence you research.

The report must

-         include a justification for your selection of EACH CSF

-         cite reliable evidence from a range of sources such as authoritative guidance, expert opinions, and other evidence to support your justification

-         include references for the evidence sources that you have consulted.

Your research report should be presented under the following format

-         Executive summary

-         Introduction

-         Justification for selection of three CSFs (including evidence of research and referencing)

-         Conclusion

-         Other references, if applicable (references used in addition to those used for each identified CSF)

(150)

End of examination
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