KE7011 - Managing for Health and Safety

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn how to critically evaluate health and safety management approaches, systems and regimes. Both compliance with health and safety and its regulation will be considered. The module will cover the regulation of health and safety, evaluation of health and safety compliance, the efficacy of safety policies and safety management systems, analysis of workplace co-operation on safety matters, evaluation of health and safety risk management, analysis of intervention strategies to address a wide range of workplace safety and health risks and the evaluation of health and safety enforcement strategies.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lecture/seminars, small group student led seminars and individual tutorials and field visits. The lectures will cover theories and concepts, legislation, case study material, key exemplars, and module staff’s own research and consultancy. Seminars are designed to allow you to explore these issues in greater depth. Individual tutorials will allow in-depth focus upon the details of the module assessment. Field visits will allow students to experience high standards of health and safety management in practice. Directed and independent learning tasks will be set to allow you to explore the topic in greater detail.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

During seminars, tutorials and whilst on field visits, you will engage in small group activities, interacting closely with teaching staff. For example during the student led Seminars, in small groups you will present on key topics and receive feedback allowing you to feed this forward into your own learning and preparation for the summative assessment.

The individual tutorial allows you to discuss the details of your assessment one to one with the Module Tutor outside of formal scheduled teaching. This will enable you clear up any misunderstandings and address any problems you might be having.

Your class materials will be further supported by on-line resources available via the module eLP site. These resources include an interactive reading list with on-line access to a number of key articles and other materials aligned with your weekly lecture programme.

Teaching staff operate an ‘open door’ policy for students meaning you can approach them anytime during normal office hours, or via email, to answer questions, receive feedback and support your learning on the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO 1: Summarize the health and safety legal system and key law, risk management methods, technology and health hazards and good practice in safety management

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO 2: Critically evaluate organisational compliance with health and safety requirements
• MLO 3: Analyse a broad range of workplace safety and health hazards and formulate suitable intervention strategies to address the risks such hazards might present and critically evaluate health and safety risk management methods and approaches
• MLO 4: Critically evaluate workplace health and safety enforcement practices and analyse co-operative arrangements within workplaces.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO 5: Judge the efficacy of organisational safety policies and management systems to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees.

How will I be assessed?

You will be summatively assessed by a 5000 word individual report covering all MLOs which will be prepared following a health and safety audit of a real life workplace. This workplace can either be the field visit site or a workplace of your own choosing. The suitability of your chosen workplace which will be confirmed following discussion and agreement with the Module Tutor.
You will receive written feedback on your report.
Throughout the semester as part of a small group you will lead a seminar focussing upon key concepts in health and safety management. The groups will receive detailed verbal feedback on their performance in these seminars.
Throughout the module you will also receive verbal feedback when participating in discussions and debates in class.
There will also be the opportunity for in depth verbal feedback during your one to one tutorial.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

The module aims to give students an opportunity to critically engage with key theories, concepts and systems underpinning workplace health and safety compliance and regulation within an Environmental Health and Safety Management context. The rationale for the module is to ensure that students have satisfied the health and safety requirements of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Curriculum 2011 and many of the learning objectives of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) accreditation criteria which lead to many and varied future professional employment pathways, such as Environmental Health or Safety Practitioner.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
1 other options available

Department Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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