SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMF724003
Module Leader Titus Olaniyi
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module introduces the student to the health, safety and environmental legislative demands that face industry today. The student will gain insight into the role legislation plays in achieving the goal of sustainability and knowledge of the main drivers of legislation. Attention will also be paid to the use of environmental management systems as a tool to improve corporate responsibility to the environment.


-The legislative framework and sustainable development -History of health, safety and environmental legislation -Drivers of compliance to legislation -Health and Safety at Work Act -COSHH -Environmental Protection Act 1990 -Environment Act 1995 -Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (IPPC) -COMAH -Risk Management and Assessment -Environmental Management Systems (EMAS and ISO14001) -Development of an environmental management system -Auditing and reviewing the system

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Show critical appreciation of the complexity and interaction of environmental issues both within and beyond the workplace A5, B22. Demonstrate understanding of the complexity of identifying and assessing environmental risks A9, B23. critically summarise the principles of sustainable development A84. Demonstrate knowledge of the development of health, safety and environmental legislation A55. Demonstrate understanding of the principles underlying legislation and regulations at both national and international (European) levels, relating to both health and safety and the environment A5, A46. Appreciate the role environmental management systems play in improving environmental performance and in achieving sustainability A47. Present in detail the key steps in the environmental management system process, and describe the particular requirements of ISO14001 and the EMAS scheme A4, B4, C48. Demonstrate understanding of environmental auditing as part of the review process of an environmental management system B4, B5, C3

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented. Appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module. The delivery of this module is through lectures and tutorials. Visiting guest lecturers will supplement the teaching of the module when appropriate by providing industrial expertise. The seminars will provide a forum for the students to exchange views and engage in debates about the topic A visit to an industrial site will provide the students with a practical insight into the health, safety and environmental problems that are encountered in industry.

Indicative Reading

Ken Whitelaw ISO14001 Environmental Systems Handbook 2nd Edition 2004 (ELSEVIER) Environmental Law (Stuart Bell and Donald McGillivray, 7th Edition 2008. A J Edwards ISO 14001 Environmental Certification Step by Step, Revised 1st Edition 2004 ELSEVIER. Elsa Morgera, Corporate Accountability in International Environmental Law, Oxford University Press 2009. Joanne Scott Environmental Protection, European Law and Governance, Oxford University Press 2009. Management of Health and Safety at Work HSE Books 2000. Victor Craig, An Introduction to the Law of Health and Safety at Work in Scotland, 2nd Edition, Sweet and Maxwell 2000. Norman Selwyn, The Law of Health and Safety at Work. Croner Publication, 2005. Environmental Compliance Manual (GEE Publishing - updated annually) Journals Ends Report Safety and Health Practitioner Health and Safety at Work Environmental Management The ENDS journal for up to date changes in environmental legislation Other reading and web sites as indicated by lecturers and tutors from time to time

Transferrable Skills

Written report skills Presentation skills, both formal and informal Critical reflection on corporate responsibility

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 84.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% Report on HSEM Topic
Exam (School) n/a 50.00 45% Class Test - Time Constrained Test