Professional course Health and Safety Management

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Health and Social Sciences
Programme leader
Sharon Humphries

15 credit Masters level module

Page last updated 2 April 2020


Accreditations and partnerships:

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to: 

  • Critically evaluate the impact that work activities can have on human health, safety and welfare and how harmful effects can be minimised through targeted risk based interventions.
  • Demonstrate a critical approach towards assessing how management systems, policy and arrangements can contribute towards developing and maintaining a positive health and safety culture.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements and benefits of involving employees in the health and safety decision-making process. 
  • Have a critical awareness of the reporting procedures and risk based intervention strategies in relation to workplace injuries, health and dangerous occurrences.
  • Have an understanding of the role, scope and impact of partnership working in relation to the management, enforcement and development of local strategies concerning health and safety hazards.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and critically apply resources that inform the key decision-making processes in relation to the most appropriate course of action and inspection frequency. 



The module syllabus covers:

  • Organising, planning, monitoring, auditing and reviewing health and safety management systems.
  • Development, application and benefits of health and safety policy and arrangements including the creation and maintenance of a positive health and safety culture.
  • The legal framework of the enabling legislation and associated statutory instruments.
  • The role of local and central government regulators, including national strategy, configuration, administration and statutory enforcement duties.
  • Enforcement options and application to provide a proportionate, targeted, consistent, transparent and accountable approach.
  • Quantitative and qualitative aspects of hazard and risk including workplace application.
  • Workforce consultation in relation to decision-making, including safety representatives and safety committees.
  • Development of local intervention strategies, targeted according to risk.
  • Reporting and investigation of workplace injuries, illness and dangerous occurrences.
  • Application and status of guidance, approved codes of practice and other resources that inform enforcement decision-making.
  • Identification, risk assessment, control and prevention of occupational health hazards including occupational health agencies working in partnership.
  • Promotion of the health and well-being agenda within the workplace.
  • Identification, risk assessment and control of physical hazards in the workplace that have a significant impact on employee health and safety.
  • Identification, risk assessment and the control of health and safety hazards affecting people other than employees including leisure activities
  • Control measures and enforcement options that protect vulnerable employees.
  • Risk assessment and control of substances that are harmful to health in relation to toxicity, fire or explosion.
  • Hazards, risks and control measures associated with electricity at work.

Learning and Teaching

The module will be delivered employing a variety of techniques requiring you to utilise and further develop skills of independent learning. 

Technology will be used where appropriate to support lectures, seminars, practical workshops and scheduled learning. Various opportunities will be provided for self assessment and formative feedback throughout the course of the module.

Study time

Scheduled learning: 12 hours

Student centred learning: 104 hours

Contact hours: 46 hours


Summative assessment is by examination and oral presentation

Unseen written examination

The three hour unseen written examination assesses the students' understanding of the identification, risk assessment, control and prevention of workplace hazards and the practice, education and regulation by health and safety practitioners to determine appropriate intervention strategies.

There are two sections:

Section A comprises a compulsory case based scenario, where students will be presented with information and/or data relating to a health and safety situation and are asked to determine an appropriate intervention which will minimise/ prevent impact on human health.

Section B requires a critical analysis of a statement or critical response to a question by means of an essay approach. All outcomes are potentially assessable in this paper.

Oral presentation

This will focus on the role of the Health and Safety Practitioner in the planning and executing of appropriate risked based intervention strategies that minimise harm to health in relation to work activities.

Formative assessment

Numerous opportunities exist for formative assessment in the module, these include self assessment as part of scheduled learning and oral feedback given in seminars and practical workshops and field activities


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