Core Module Information
Module title: Health and Safety

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV11142
Module leader: Jeremy Strang
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying


Description of module content:

Introduction to Health and Safety Law
Background to health and safety law, its history and development in the UK. The Impact of International Obligations. The role of the International Labour Organisation. Role of the EU and European Directives.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Scope and application of the Act, Safety Policies. Legal Duties under the Act. Legal duties of employers, employees, controllers of premises, designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers. Enforcement of the Act. Appeals against enforcement notices. Offences by Corporations, Directors, managers, etc.

Institutions of Health and Safety
Role of Government. The Health and Safety Executive.

Health and Safety Management
Introduction to occupational health and safety management systems, UK and international standards.
Tools of health and safety management. Health and safety and Employment Law in UK.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations. Risk Assessment. Principles of Prevention. Health and safety arrangements. Health surveillance. Health and Safety Assistance. Information for Employees. Co-operation and Co-ordination. Capabilities and Training.. Working Time Regulations. Safety Officers. Safety Representatives. Safety Committees. Enforcement of Organisational Health and Safety Rules

Particular Health and Safety Issues
Working Alone. Working Abroad. Immigrant Workers. Smoking at Work. Drug abuse. Alcohol at Work. Home Workers. Bullying at work. Disabled Employees. Stress at work. Young persons. Expectant mothers.

Workplace Safety
Working at Height Regulations. Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations. Manual Handling Regulations. Fire Safety. The Fire precautions (Workplace) Regulations
Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: investigate and interpret health and safety law
LO2: analyse real-life case studies and the application of legal principles relating to health and safety;
LO3: evaluate the effectiveness of current health and safety law and practice

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2021/2, Trimester 2, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jeremy Strang
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and Teaching Methods including their alignment to LOs
LO1-3 Each face-to-face activity uses a wide variety of audio-visual resources, group discussion, case analysis to develop student engagement. Directed study focuses on development of the concepts covered in the reading materials.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
LO1-3 Students take part in developmental exercises so as to better understand their personal skills and attributes and how to develop them to increase their employability. Their PDP is considered an integral part of this development as they are encouraged to reflect on what they have learned in the module and apply it to their personal situation.

Assessment (summative and formative)
The assessments will be by two assignments (learning outcomes 1-3)

Research/Teaching linkages
At several points during the module the students are introduced to relevant research to underpin their learning. Students are also expected to undertake personal research for the assessments, which builds their research skills.

Supporting Equality and Diversity
Through LO1-3 the issues of diversity are considered in the module. Module materials use of examples from different cultural backgrounds to ensure that diversity is effectively dealt with – the module materials recognise this diversity.

Students on the module come from a wide variety ethnic and cultural mix. The course materials capitalise upon this mix and use examples from many countries to illustrate the learning process. Case studies can be local, national or international in context.

Formative Assessment:
Students engage in a number of activities which generate feedback on their progress.

These include:- informal class tests and quizzes at the end of teaching of distinct topics within the syllabus;
Students are also required to prepare short presentations and engage in group discussions on a variety of health and safety topics covered by the syllabus throughout the module

Summative Assessment:
Comprises two Courseworks each of which will require the student to engage in research and analysis of health and safety issues of current concern and to be able to demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the issues involved.

Courseworks will require an engagement with legal, societal and managerial aspects of occupational health and safety at a UK and international level as appropriate and will be aligned with the learning outcomes.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1,2,3 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Essay 50 1,2,3 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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