Professional course

Health and Safety Management (Distance Learning)

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Health and Social Sciences
Distance Learning
Course director:
Sharon Humphries

Page last updated 6 February 2018


On successful completion of this module, you will be able to access, synthesise, critically analyse and apply knowledge and understanding of:

  • The impact that work activities can have on global human health, safety and welfare and how harmful effects can be minimised through targeted risk based interventions.
  • The assessment of management systems, policy and arrangements and how these can contribute towards developing and maintaining a positive health and safety culture.
  • The underpinning principles of a legislative system that seeks to reduce workplace risk. Whilst reference will be made to the key components of the UK system, the material will be presented in a manner to enable these principles to be adopted in an international context.
  • The requirements and benefits of involving stakeholders in the health and safety decision-making process.
  • The reporting procedures and risk based intervention strategies in relation to workplace injuries, health and dangerous occurrences.
  • The role, scope and impact of partnership working in relation to the management, enforcement and development of strategies concerning health and safety hazards.
  • The application of resources that inform the key decision-making processes in relation to the most appropriate course of action and intervention frequency.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards:

  • PGCert/PGDip/MSc Environmental Health
  • MSc Environmental Health Studies.

Accreditations and partnerships:



Health and Safety at Work Management

  • The planning, monitoring and reviewing of management systems and policies that underpin a positive workplace health and safety culture.
  • The key aspects of the occurrence of workplace injuries, including triggers, investigation and prevention.

Fundamental Legislative Arrangements

  • The key principles and components of legislation and other information resources that aim to reduce health and safety workplace risk, inform decision-making and maintain a safe working environment.
  • The role of regulators and regulatory practice including approaches to enforcement, the impact this may have on business and the protection it affords vulnerable employees.
  • Recognition of the business viewpoint and the systems in place to maintain a proportionate, targeted and consistent approach.

Hazard and Risk

  • Identification, assessment and control of physical workplace hazards and associated risks including quantitative/qualitative aspects and impact on both employee and public safety.
  • Identification, assessment and control of workplace hazards that pose a risk to and lead to conditions that impact on human health.

Partnership working

  • The range of stakeholders that have a role in collaborating to reduce workplace risk and promote health and wellbeing.
  • An appreciation of workplace consultation to inform decision-making and development /maintain a health and safety culture.


Learning and Teaching

Teaching is delivered in the format of up to 12 online lectures (delivered as audio podcasts or video capture linked with Adobe Presenter or equivalent), plus online seminars and other web-based activities.

Online seminar activities include student-centred active learning techniques (e.g. via Collaborate) and access to a module discussion board or blog. These are delivered via the Blackboard online learning platform.

Essential, indicative and supplementary online learning materials and resources are also provided via Blackboard, with links to online library resources.

Study time

This distance learning module involves a variety of learning methods such as utilising asynchronous online activities (including lectures, reading, quizzes, videos) and synchronous tutorials (seminars/discussions).

Progress through the module is managed through time-dependent release of online resources to ensure structured progression through the learning materials and the synchronous activities promote development of the student-tutor relationship and encourage a cohort identity in addition to supporting core learning.

Approximately 30 hours of directed study (e.g. online lectures, seminars, etc.) are delivered via Blackboard.


Component A
1000 word report with reflective log.

Component B
2000 word essay.

Prices and dates

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How to apply

How to apply

You are required to apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

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