SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3N325761
Module Leader Taylor Bourne
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Risk
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module introduces the student specifically to the topic of health, safety and hygiene and the ways in which an organisation can address the demands of legislation in the discussion of a health, safety and hygiene management system. It will address the main aspects of health, safety and hygiene legislation and guidance, the cause of accidents in the work place and the need to record and monitor these for legal compliance, sustainability and management improvement of health, safety and hygiene performance. In addition, the module will also focus on methodologies for controlling health, safety and hygiene risks.


Health, safety and hygiene legislation, Regulations, Approved Codes of Practice and Guidance. Identification and evaluation of health, safety and hygiene risks (noise and vibration, biological, radiation, musculoskeletal, and work environment risks) Accident causation, investigation, and prevention Mental ill-health and dealing with violence, aggression and stress at work Managing health, safety and hygiene risks Health, safety and hygiene management system. Monitoring of health, safety and hygiene risks. Prevention and control of health, safety and hygiene risks.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:• Discuss the main pieces of health, safety and hygiene legislation.• Critically examine the techniques & organisational strategies for effective management of a healthy, safe and hygienic working environment. • Discuss the root causes of accidents and appropriate investigation techniques and recommend effective control strategies • Discuss the main health, safety and hygiene risks in the work place. • Distinguish the main routes and mechanisms of attack on humans by health and hygiene hazards, the effects of these attacks and how the human body responds to them. • Critically examine the principles, applications and means for detection, sampling and measurement of safety, health and hygiene risks in the workplace. • Critically appraise the need for strategies for prevention and control of health, safety and hygiene risks in the workplace.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The learning outcomes for this module are based upon lectures which provide students with the essential knowledge of the key topic areas. These are supplemented by tutorials, which allow the application and deeper discussion of these topic areas. Students are required, either individually or in groups, to make a short seminar presentation. This presentation will require them to conduct some independent research of a range of literature sources.

Indicative Reading

Biron,C. Burke, R.L. & Cooper C.L. (2014) . Creating Healthy Workplaces: Stress Reduction, Improved Well-being, and Organisational Effectiveness, Gower Publishing. International Labour Organisation (ILO), Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety, ( AW, T.C. Gardiner, K. & Harrington, J.M. (2010). Pocket Consultant: Occupational Health, Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Taylor, G. Easter, K. & Hegney. R. (2004). Wiley Enhancing Occupational Safety, Butterworth - Heinemann Publisher. Kloss, D. (2010). Occupational Health Law, Wiley - Blackwell. Technical and ethical guidelines for workers' health surveillance, ILO Guidelines on occupational safety and health management systems, ILO-OSH 2001 Building a preventative safety and health culture, ILO Global database on occupational safety and health legislation, ILO Global strategy on occupational safety and health: Conclusions adopted by the International Labour Conference at its 91st Session, 2003, ILO Ambient factors in the workplace, ILO Recording and notification of occupational accidents and diseases, ILO Radiation protection of workers (ionising radiations), ILO Occupational exposure to airborne substances harmful to health, ILO Protection of workers against noise and vibration in the working environment,ILO Noise at work: A brief guide to controlling the risks, HSE Noise Don't lose your hearing! , HSE Controlling Noise at Work: HSE guidance and expectations, HSE Hand-arm vibration at work: A brief guide, HSE Radiation: Ionising and Non-ionising, HSE Risks and Challenges of Radiation Exposure at Work, IAEA Ionising radiation at workplaces, Osh Wiki Common non-ionising radiation safety concerns, Public Health England LOCAL RULE: Control of Non-Ionising Radiation, University of Strathclyde How to be mentally healthy at work, Mind Promoting positive mental health in the workplace, ACAS How to tackle work-related stress: A guide for employers on making the Management Standards work, HSE Working together to reduce stress at work: A guide for employees, HSE Personal protective equipment (PPE) at work: A brief guide, HSE Risk at Work - Personal protective equipment (PPE), HSE

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas:This module will evolve necessary professional and analytical skills pertaining to managing health, safety and hygiene. As well as the achievement of the learning outcomes students will also develop personal transferrable skills in report wrting, self management, group work, case study analysis, problem solving and critical thinking.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Independent Learning (FT) 124.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% Report No 1 (2000 words)
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Unseen exam