SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHN322791
Module Leader Taylor Bourne
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Risk
  • B (January 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.


-360b7 Health, safety and hygiene legislation, Regulations, Approved Codes of Practice and Guidance. b7 Identification and evaluation of health, safety and hygiene risks. b7 Accident causation and investigation. b7 Cost of accidents. b7 Accident prevention. b7 Managing the health, safety and hygiene culture. b7 Risk assessment. b7 Health, safety and hygiene management system. b7 Monitoring of health, safety and hygiene risks. b7 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 direct and indirect economic costs of all types of workplace accidents." 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. GSBS will continue to use the advancement of GCU Learn as a blended learning tool through its teaching and learning as well as through engagement with students. GSBS will ensure that all modules are GCU Learn enabled and with the support of the Learning Technologists at the cutting edge of development of online materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCULearn to ensure student support and information sharing. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is provided within 3 working weeks of submission.

Indicative Reading

Books and articles: Hughes, P. & Ferrett, E. (2011) Introduction to Health and safety at Work, Routledge. Holt, Alan St John, (2009),The Principles of Health and Safety at Work, IOSH Services Ltd. Stranks, J. (2007), Human Factors and Behavioural Safety, Roultedge. Stranks, J. (2005), Health and Safety Law, Prentice Hall. Channing, J. (2008), Safety at Work, Routledge. Boyle, T. (2008), Health and Safety Risk Management, IOSH Services Ltd. Smedley, J, Finlay, D & Sadhra, S. (2013), Oxford Handbook of Occupational Health, OUP Oxford. Gardiner, K. & Harrington, J. M. (2006) Occupational Health, Wiley- Blackwell. Cherrie, J. (2010), Monitoring for Health Hazards at Work, Wiley Blackwell. Tillman,C. (2007), Principles of Occupational Health and Hygiene; An Introduction, Allen and Unwin. Hartley, C. (2004), Health and Safety: Hazardous Agents, IOSH Services Limited. HSE (1999), Reducing Error and Influencing Behaviour, HSE books HSE (1997), Successful Health and Safety Management, HSE Books. HSE (1997), Cost of Accidents at Work, HSE Books. Online sources: Occupational & Environmental Health, Health & Safety Executive, Health and Safety laboratory OHSIS, Trades Union Congress <> The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, <> The British Institute of Occupational Hygiene, <> Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, <> Health, Environment and Work, Canadian Centre for Health and Safety, OSH Answers, Journals Journals: Policy and Practice in Health and Safety (PPHS), Publisher: Institution of Occupational Health and Safety The Safety Practitioner Journal.

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 health, safety and hygiene risk. 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
Independent Learning (FT) 112.00
Lectures (FT) 22.00
Tutorials (FT) 11.00
Assessment (FT) 44.00
Seminars (FT) 11.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 50.00 35% Unseen
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Individual Report (3000 words)