1 Day
Additional Work:
All candidates must complete a CIEH Self Evaluation Form

Course from £163.90

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Course Overview

A properly implemented programme of risk assessments can assist in the prevention of injuries, fatalities, property damage incidents and other losses. This not only helps to prevent human loss and suffering, but also assists the effective management and finance of any business or organisation.

This course gives participants a practical understanding of the principles of risk assessment, and enables their employers to have confidence in their risk assessors as it provides a formally-recognised risk assessment qualification.

Following the requirements of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, employers with five or more employees must record the significant findings of the risk assessment.

Target audience

The main purpose of the CIEH Level 3 Award in Risk Assessment Principles and Practice is to enable participants to understand the basic principles of risk assessment. This qualification will therefore give employees the ability to contribute to the process and act always to protect their own health and safety and that of other people.

The course is designed for anyone with a responsibility to conduct risk assessments, such as:

  • team leaders, supervisors, site managers and managers
  • quality controllers
  • technicians
  • engineers
  • health and safety specialists
  • personnel contributing to the risk assessment process

Assessment process

Following the course, participants are required to submit a practical assignment to demonstrate their understanding of:

  • the benefits, terminology and principles of risk assessment
  • the legal framework for risk assessment
  • The practical application of risk assessment best practice in a work based setting.

Principles of risk assessment

The expected outcome is that the candidate understands the main categories of accidents and ill health, their socio-economic costs and recognises the benefits of good health and safety management and is able to:

  • State the main causes of injuries and ill-health and the need for their prevention;
  • State the main costs of accidents and ill-health to employers, employees and society;
  • Define the terms ‘accident’ and ‘occupational health and safety’;
  • Explain what is meant by the term ‘accident triangle’ and the need to report, investigate and prevent near misses/minor accidents as part of an overall accident prevention strategy;
  • State that health and safety is affected by occupational, environmental and human factors, with examples.
  • List the reasons for using risk assessment;
  • Describe what is meant by the term ‘risk assessment’;
  • Define the terms ‘hazard’, ‘harm’, ‘risk’ and ‘control measure’ and give examples of each;
  • State how the extent of risks can be quantified and describe methods for rating or prioritising risks

Risk assessment in practice

The expected outcome is that the candidate links the theoretical knowledge obtained to practical examples of workplaces and activities and is able to:

  • State the stages involved in a risk assessment;
  • Identify a range of hazards in various working environments;
  • Identify people or items at risk;
  • Identify common risks which require specialised assessment;
  • Measure the extent of a variety of risks;
  • Select appropriate control measures and be aware of the need for research/specialist advice;
  • State the necessity of, and procedures for, recording, monitoring and revising risk assessments;
  • Carry out a risk assessment in practice demonstrating the ability to analyse a situation, collect information and make appropriate judgements and records.
  • State how risk assessments can link with the related management issues of quality and training;
  • Carry out a self-evaluation identifying areas where skill, technical knowledge and/or experience are lacking;
  • State sources of further advice and information.

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