Health and Safety Course - Syllabus

1. Introduction to Food Safety

Learners should understand what is meant by the term Health & Safety, basic accident rate figures, and the root causes of most accidents in the workplace, in particular:

  • Understand what is meant be Health and Safety in a workplace involving catering & hospitality
  • Identify common types and causes of work-related accidents and ill health
  • Understand the consequences of poor health and safety standards and the benefits of good standards
  • Identify examples of occupational, environmental and human factors that can affect health and safety

2. Health and Safety Law

Learners should be aware of Health & Safety legislation applicable to UK businesses in particular those involved with food and hospitality, and how in general terms this affects the role of operational staff, in particular:

  • Be aware of the scope and coverage of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Understand the legal responsibilities for employers and employees
  • Understand how the law is enforced, the agencies involved and their powers
  • Understand the possible consequences of non-compliance with current UK Health & Safety law

3. Accidents in the Workplace

Learners should understand how accidents occur through unsafe acts and unsafe conditions, plus how to report and incident properly, in particular:

  • Understand the definition of an 'accident' and understand the root causes of most accidents
  • Understand what constitutes an unsafe act or unsafe condition and be able to identify examples of both
  • Understand what constitutes a 'near miss' and why these incidents should be reported
  • Understand why accidents are recorded and the legal basis and procedures for accident reporting governed by RIDDOR

4. Risks and Risk Assessment

Learners should understand formal versus informal approaches to assessing risk and fundamental control measures to control and limit risk of injury, in particular:

  • Understand the definitions of 'hazard' and 'risk' and be able to identify practical examples
  • Be able to identify acts or conditions likely to increase the level of risk to safety
  • Understand the term Control Measure and the need for good procedures and training in controlling risk
  • Understand the risk assessment process and how to apply this in a practical context
  • Understand the importance of risk assessment in maintaining a healthy safe environment

5. Hazardous Substances

Learners should understand and be able to identify various hazardous substances, how these enter the body, and practical approaches to reducing the risk or exposure, in particular:

  • Understand the definition of a hazardous substance and how they can enter the body
  • Be able to identify hazardous substances in the workplace
  • Understand basic approaches to limiting the risk of hazardous substances (PPE and control measures)
  • Understand who should risk assess a potentially hazardous substance and the need for appropriate COSHH training

6. Manual Handling

Learners should understand how the most common manual handling injuries occur, and how injuries can be prevented through risk assessment and good task design and technique, in particular:

  • Understand the term Manual Handling and common manual handling injuries in the workplace
  • Be able to identify safe approaches to manual handling including good lifting and moving techniques
  • Be able to identify acts and conditions likely to increase the risk of injury and incl Musculoskeletal Disorder
  • Understand an approach to manual handling risk assessment, including consideration of the task, person, load and environment
  • Understand the relationship between workstation design, task design and injury prevention

7. Noise, Stress and Violence

Learners should understand how noise levels can affect safety, and be able to identify common causes of stress and violence in the workplace, in particular:

  • Understand the term 'noise' in the context of a catering/hospitality environment and how it can cause annoyance, stress, distraction and damage to hearing
  • Be able to identify approaches to controlling noise levels, and the importance or risk assessment before simply introducing PPE to limit exposure
  • Understand legal protections workers have to protect them stress and violence in the workplace
  • Understand approaches to reducing stress and violence, and how to report an incident

8. Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare

Learners should be aware of the minimum requirements staff should be provided with, understand first aid requirements, and be able to identify basic safety signage, in particular:

  • Be able to identify the minimum welfare facilities, drinking water and rest facilities that must be provided
  • Understand safety signage including the meaning of colours, shapes and symbols in workplace safety
  • Understand how smoking, alcohol and drugs can affect the health, safety and welfare
  • Understand the requirement for first aid provision including First Aid boxes, personnel and Appointed Persons

9. Workplace Equipment

Learners should understand how common accidents involving machinery occur and how through good procedures, appropriate procedures, training, and safety guarding, the risk to safety can be minimised, in particular:

  • Be able to identify a range of accidents that may occur involving equipment and machinery
  • Understand the basics of the safe use of knives and how to avoid the most common blade injuries
  • Understand how design and construction of working environment, maintenance, procedures, training, and use of PPE can be used to reduce the threat of injury
  • Understand how the threat to safety may be minimised through good risk assessment and control measures
  • Be aware of safe approaches to handling and working with hot liquids

10. PPE, Heights and Transport

Learners should understand how PPE can be used to reduce risk of injury, and how to use ladders and operate in an environment where vehicles are in use safely, in particular:

  • Understand how to select PPE, and the importance of risk assessment before using PPE to control a risk
  • Understand factors that contribute to persons and objects falling from height and be able to identify good and bad practise in the use of ladders/steps
  • Understand the hazards and risks associated with working in an environment accessed by vehicles
  • Be able to identify hazards involving transport and injuries that may occur as a result
  • Describe the methods and controls to reduce the risk of accidents involving transport/vehicles

11. Electricity

Learners should be aware of how electric shocks typically occur, and what basic emergency procedures should be followed in the event of an electric shock related incident, in particular:

  • Understand common threats to safety resulting from the use of electricity in a kitchen environment
  • Be able to identify measures to reduce threats from electricity including portable appliance testing and visual inspections
  • Understand emergency procedures for dealing with electric shock

12. Fire Safety

Learners should understand the conditions needed for fire to occur and spread, how the risk of fire can be reduced, and safe responses and procedures to the outbreak of fire, in particular:

  • Be aware of the need for, and location of, a premises Fire Plan
  • Understand the conditions needed for fire to occur (fire triangle)
  • Understand the common causes of fire and be able to identify examples of preventative measures
  • Understand what action should be taken in the event of fire, including evacuation procedures
  • Be aware of the importance of matching the correct extinguisher type to the fire type

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