SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3K224613
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Construction Technology

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to introduce the students to the health, safety and environmental issues relevant to the construction and demolition work of buildings. The knowledge and understanding about the measures to control the risks or to prevent the accidents at different types of construction work and different phases of construction are also to be gained.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Construction Safety: The hazards and safe practices associated with construction work and the precautions necessary during work; The hazards and safe working practices associated with the erection and use of scaffolding, movable access equipment and ladders; The risks to the health and safety of client's employees, contractor's employees, and public or other third parties arising from the work. Safety in Demolition work: Demolition, Dismantling, Clearing debris. The hazards and safe practices associated with demolition work and the precautions necessary during work. Safety in Demolition work- Manual, mechanical, using explosives. Key to safe demolition- pre-survey inspection, method statement, site supervision, safe clearance zone Health hazards from demolition Fire hazards and preventing methods related to construction and demolition. Workplace Health, Safety and Environment: Cleanliness of premises and waste disposal; Prevention of overcrowding; Safe access and egress; Traffic management in construction/ demolition site; Adequate control over temperature, lighting, humidity, dust, fumes, noise and vibration. Hazards of construction: Working on contaminated sites, work over water, road works, construction of high rise buildings, Steel structures, Concrete structures, Excavation, Construction of foundation and utilities, Cordoning Risks while constructing various types of foundations and Open footings. Safety in construction machinery handling: Hoisting crane, mobile crane, tower crane, conveyors, concrete mixers, concrete vibrators, excavators, dozers, loaders, dumpers, welding machines, portable electrical tools, drills, grinding tools, scaffoldings, etc. Problems impeding safety in construction: Various types of accidents in construction sites, human factors associated with the accidents. Recording of accidents and safety measures, Permits to work, Safety in erection and closing operation. Maintenance and repair activities. Analyzing construction jobs for Safety Education and training; Relevant HSE standards such as OSHA requirement for working at heights, Fall protection in construction OSHA 3146, Working on fragile roofs, etc.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Identify and recognize the basic requirements for protecting the health and safety on construction and demolition sites [A6, B3]2. Apply the concepts and principles of Health and safety to various construction and demolition activities and associated services [C2]3. Understand the environmental issues related to the construction and demolition [B4, B6]4. Understand and interpret relevant Standards [D3, D2]

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures will concentrate on principles and students will be expected to undertake significant private study and group discussions based on some case studies. Project work will be a mix of individual work and presentations. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material discussed during lecture sessions. Tutorials also serve as a platform of technical discussions to clarify any queries that arise from directed studies.

Indicative Reading

1. Charles, D.R., and James, V.E., 2006. Handbook of OSHA Construction Safety and Health. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group. 2. Handbook of OSHA Construction safety and health. 3. John, R., and John, C., 2008. Safety at Work. Elsevier, Butterworth-Heienemann. 4. NEBOSH Construction safety Handbook. 5. Phil, H., & Ed, F., 2007. Introduction to Health and Safety at Work. Elsevier, Butterworth- Heienemann. 6. Phil, H., and Ed, F., 2008. Introduction to Health and Safety in Construction-The handbook for Construction Professionals and Students on NEBOSH and other construction courses, Elsevier, Butterworth- Heienemann. 7. Steve, R., Construction Safety Management Systems. CIB. 8. Tim, H., and Paul, W., 2009. Construction Safety Management. Wiley Blackbell.

Transferrable Skills

Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject Analysis, comparative and evaluation skills. Oral and communication skills, Team work, management

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 35% Unseen Written Examination - Mid Term Test
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Module based practical exercise of field survey report 1500 words
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Unseen Written Examination 2 Hrs