SAFE06025 2019 Electricity, Machinery and Fire Safety

General Details

Full Title
Electricity, Machinery and Fire Safety
Transcript Title
Electricity, Machinery and Fir
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Subject Area
SAFE - Safety Studies
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Edel Costello, John Crummy
Programme Membership
SG_SOCCU_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Occupational Safety and Health SG_SOCCU_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Occupational Safety and Health SG_SOCCU_B07 201900 Level 7 Embedded Award in Science in Occupational Safety and Health

This module looks at the areas of Machinery Safety, Fire Safety and Emergency planning and Electrical safety in the workplace.  Students will be given basic scientific principles where applicable and will discuss the hazards associated with each.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Examine the basic scientific principles that underline fire and electrical safety in the workplace


Identify the hazards associated with fire and the use of machinery and electricity in the workplace


Outline strategies to combat the risks posed to workers and to property by poor management of the above.


Identify functions and roles of stakeholders involved in the management of technical safety in the workplace


Communicate the need for good planning and management of technical safety issues (Fire, Machinery & Electricity)

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time.

This will include lectures and may include site visits, augmented by independent learning and directed learning.

This approach is expected to address student learning needs.

Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 30% Continuous assessment and 70% Final Exam

Performance Evaluation: Students will be questioned throughout the module in class and will be encouraged to engage in their learning.

Individual safety communication assignment (10%): Students will work to inform employees &/or management of a prescribed workbased safety issue in technical safety (highlighting hazards, risks and controls) and will be submitted via Moodle towards the middle of the semester.

Individual research report assignment (10%): Students will produce a structured report on a specified and current topic and will be submitted via Moodle towards the end of the semester.

Short answer questions quiz (10%) shall take place on specific topics within module towards mid to end of semester.

Final exam (70%) at end of term.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

1. Examine the basic scientific principles that underline fire and electrical safety in the workplace

  • The chemistry of fire.
  • The classification of fires.
  • Basic electrical terminology and scientific principles

2. Identify the hazards associated with fire and the use of machinery and electricity in the workplace

  • Electricity hazards
  • Machinery hazards
  • Fire hazards

3. Outline strategies to combat the risks posed to workers and to property by poor management of the above.

  • Fire safety management in the workplace (Fire plans, fire fighting equipment etc).
  • Machinery life cycle.
  • Safe (Machine - User - Environment)
  • Emergency planning in the workplace
  • Electrical safety devices
  • Training

4. Identify functions and roles of stakeholders involved in the management of technical safety in the workplace

  • Considerations of safety for all stakeholders.
  • Legislation governing the use of all

5. Communicate the need for good planning and management of technical safety issues (Fire, Machinery & Electricity) 

  • Considerations of safety for all stakeholders.
  • Legislation governing the use of all.
  • Reports, case studies, journals, articles, etc

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
30 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
70 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Performance Evaluation Students will be questioned throughout the module in class and will be encouraged to engage in their learning. Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Safety Communication: Students will work to inform employees &/or management of a prescribed workbased safety issue in technical safety (highlighting hazards, risks and controls). Continuous Assessment Assignment 10 % OnGoing 2,3,5
3 Research Report Assignment: Students will produce a structured report on a specified and current topic. Continuous Assessment Assignment 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
4 Short Answer Questions Quiz shall take place on specific topics within module Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 70 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self directed study 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2017-02-02 Electrical Safety and the Law Routledge
ISBN 1138670502 ISBN-13 9781138670501

Electrical Safety and the Law describes the hazards and risks from the use of electricity, explaining with the help of case studies and accident statistics the types of accidents that occur and how they can be prevented by the use of safe installations, equipment and working practices. It describes the British legislation on the safety of electrical systems and electrotechnical machinery control systems, much of which stems from European Directives and which will therefore be affected by the UK's decision to leave the EU (Brexit), and the main standards and guidance that can be used to secure compliance with the law. There are detailed descriptions covering the risks and preventive measures associated with electrical installations, construction sites, work near underground cables and overhead power lines, electrical equipment and installations in explosive atmospheres, electrical testing and electrotechnical control systems. Duty holders' responsibilities for designing, installing, and maintaining safe systems are explained, as well as their responsibilities for employing competent staff. The fifth edition has been substantially updated to take account of considerable changes to the law, standards and guidance; it has been expanded to include: a new chapter on the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act; a new chapter describing landlords' legal responsibilities for electrical safety in private rented properties and social housing; a new chapter on the Electricity Safety Quality and Continuity Regulations; new information on offences, penalties, sentencing guidelines, and relevant case law; a description of the main requirements of BS 7671:2008 and other principal standards, many of which have been amended in recent years; new cases studies to illustrate the hazards and risks; information on changes to GB's health and safety system.

Recommended Reading
2016-05-03 Health and Safety at Work
ISBN 0749478179 ISBN-13 9780749478179

Establish the proper systems and procedures for effective health and safety management and the legal requirements that businesses need to be aware of with this guide for UK employers.

Recommended Reading
2014-02-07 Fire Safety Management Handbook, Third Edition CRC Press
ISBN 9781482221220 ISBN-13 1482221225

Safety managers today are required to go beyond compliance with the latest fire codes to implement proactive fire safety management programs that improve profitability. By reducing property loss insurance premiums and fostering an efficient work environment to help realize quality gains, safety managers can add to the bottom line; however, they need a solid understanding of the duties and responsibilities for which they are accountable. The Fire Safety Management Handbook is every safety managers must-have guide for developing a successful fire safety management program. Emphasizing proactive fire safety activities that achieve optimal results, the text presents the key elements that comprise an effective fire safety management program, including a basic knowledge of: Types and functions of fire control equipment Identification and control of hazardous materials Homeland security during disasters and emergencies Fire chemistry, building construction, and efforts to reduce losses due to fire Commonly installed fire detection systems and their maintenance and inspection National Fire Codes (NFPA) and federal, state, and local legislation and enforcement Available resources, fire safety organizations, and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) To provide current and future safety professionals with a better understanding of emergency management within the fire safety discipline, each chapter of the Third Edition includes learning objectives at the beginning and questions at the end. Case studies have been added, codes and standards have been updated, and a new chapter on emergency response planning has been included. Plus, a school fire safety plan that can be used as a template is now part of the appendices.

Recommended Reading
2013-03-01 Encyclopedia of Crisis Management SAGE
ISBN 9781452226125 ISBN-13 1452226121

Crisis is varied and unavoidable. We see crisis every day within organizations, governments, businesses and the economy. A true crisis differs from a 'routine' emergency, such as a water pipe bursting in the kitchen. Per one definition, "it is associated with urgent, high-stakes challenges in which the outcomes can vary widely (and are very negative at one end of the spectrum) and will depend on the actions taken by those involved". Successfully engaging, dealing with, and working through a crisis requires an understanding of options and tools for individual and joint decision making. The Encyclopedia of Crisis Management comprehensively overviews concepts and techniques for effectively assessing, analyzing, managing, and resolving crises, whether they be organizational, business, community, or political. From general theories and concepts exploring the meaning and causes of crisis to practical strategies and techniques relevant to crises of specific types, crisis management is thoroughly explored.

Recommended Reading
2012-10-16 ARC Flash Hazard Analysis and Mitigation John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 1118163818 ISBN-13 9781118163818

Uptodate analysis methodologies and practical mitigation for a major electrical safety concern Arc Flash Hazard Analysis and Mitigation is the first book to focus specifically on arc flash hazards and provide the latest methodologies for its analysis as well as practical mitigation techniques. Consisting of sixteen chapters, this fully uptodate handbook covers all aspects of arc flash hazard calculations and mitigation. It addresses the calculations of short circuits, protective relaying, and varied electrical systems configurations in electrical power systems. It also examines protection systems, including differential relays, arc flash sensing relays, protective relaying coordination, current transformer operation and saturation, and applications to major electrical equipment from the arc flash point of view. Current technologies and strategies for arc flash mitigation are explored. Using the methodology, analysis, and preventive measures discussed in the book, the arc flash hazard incident energy can be reduced to 8 cal/cm2 or less for the new and existing electrical distribution systems. This powerful resource: Features the most uptodate arc flash analysis methodologies Presents arc flash hazard calculations in dc systems Supplies practical examples and case studies Provides endofchapter reviews and questions Includes a Foreword written by Lanny Floyd, a worldrenowned leader in electrical safety who is DuPonts Principal Consultant on Electrical Safety and Technology Arc Flash Hazard Analysis and Mitigation is a musthave guide for electrical engineers engaged in design, operation, and maintenance, consulting engineers, facility managers, and safety professionals.

Recommended Reading
2009-10 Principles of Health and Safety at Work Routledge
ISBN 090135743X ISBN-13 9780901357434

Widely acknowledged as the one stop summary of health and safety fundamentals, Principles covers law, safety technology, occupational health and hygiene and safety management techniques. Originally written by the late international health and safety expert Allan St John Holt, this new edition has been comprehensively updated by Allan's colleague Jim Allen. The book is designed as a concise, accessible introduction to health and safety basics and includes revision notes and a wide range of references. It is a first class resource for NEBOSH Certificate students.

Recommended Reading
2009-01 Fire Risk Thorogood Publishing
ISBN 9781854186034 ISBN-13 1854186035

Fire safety regulations have undergone their most significant change for over thirty years and owners of companies, employers, builders and landlords in UK face a seismic shift in liabilities and potential penalties. The responsibility for the safety of occupants and premises now lies with owners and employers. This invaluable new book draws on over thirty years of professional fire fighting, rescue and safety enforcement experience to provide a jargon-free practical guide to current liabilities and compliance.

Recommended Reading
2007-11-01 Health and Safety at Work Kogan Page Publishers
ISBN 9780749451486 ISBN-13 0749451483

Health and safety legislation has significantly changed over the last 10 years and regulation is now required in service sector industries as well as those described as 'dangerous', after increasing complaints of muscle injury and stress-related illnesses. This revised edition of Health and Safety at Work has been updated to include the latest legislation and considerations required for your workplace including: Construction Regulations (2007); Smoking at work (Health Act 2006); Principles of good practice (Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations); Work at height (2005); Control of noise at work (2005); Behavioural society; and Workplace exposure limits. This practical guide continues to provide advice on how to establish procedures in your organization. Written in jargon-free language, it cuts through the legal complexities to enable your full understanding of the law and your peace of mind when putting procedures in place. Formerly published as A Manager's Guide to Health & Safety at Work

Recommended Reading
2006 The A-Z of Health and Safety Thorogood Publishing
ISBN 1854183877 ISBN-13 9781854183873

Health and safety law and practice has changed considerably in recent years and in an increasingly litigious society, all organisations must be up to speed with best practice.

Recommended Reading
2006 Health and Safety Pocket Book Routledge
ISBN 9780750667814 ISBN-13 0750667818

This pocket book contains a unique compilation of tables, data, checklists and a glossary for a wide range of health and safety topics. It includes: * the principal legal health and safety requirements for every industry * checklists for major hazards affecting all industries * safety management elements and systems * a glossary of the main concepts of health and safety * a wealth of charts with the nitty-gritty, hard to remember detail - such as the recommended air changes in ventilation and the maximum ratios of illuminance for adjacent areas * a list of the most important health and safety courses, publications and organisations The A-Z arrangement within the chapters and extensive cross-referencing makes the book easy to navigate. The Health and Safety Pocket Book is a compact first point of reference for practicing health and safety professionals and auditors out on site visits, managers and HR personnel with health and safety responsibilities, and employee representatives. The book will also be useful on a wide range of health and safety courses at all levels. Jeremy Stranks has 40 years of experience in occupational safety and health enforcement, management, consultancy and training. He is a founding member of NEBOSH and has lectured on numerous training courses on all aspects of health and safety. His company Safety and Hygiene Consultants offers companies advice in drawing up Health and Safety policies, writing risk assessments and audit procedures. * Essential information compiled into a single reference, which can otherwise only be found by consulting various sources * Concise tabular format making trailing through pages of text unnecessary * Cheap and portable - ideal for site visits

Recommended Reading
2006-01 Safety with Machinery Elsevier
ISBN 9780750667807 ISBN-13 075066780X

John Ridley and Dick Pearce, both recognized specialists in machinery safety, guide the reader through the various standards, regulations and best practices relating to the safe design and use of machinery and show which standard is relevant for which type of machine. Safety with Machinery provides a basic grounding in machinery safety and covers safeguarding philosophy and strategy, typical hazards, risk assessment and reduction, guarding techniques, ergonomic considerations, safe use of equipment and the plant layout. All types of safeguards are discussed - mechanical, interlocking, electrical/electronic/programmable, hydraulic, pneumatic. The new edition has been updated throughout in line with changes in regulations and standards. The section on electric, electronic and programmable safety systems has been expanded to reflect their increasing importance. The book now focuses on the harmonised standards which can be used by manufacturers to self-certify their machines for the European market without the need for third party examples (e.g. EN ISO 13849, IEC/EN 61131-2) but also covers other relevant standards (e.g. IEC 62061). Many practical examples set the regulations in context and assist in the interpretation of the various standards. Safety with Machinery is essential reading for all engineers involved in machinery design and maintenance all over the world as every machine sold within or into the EU needs to conform to the harmonised standards. It also provides health and safety professionals, students and employee representatives, as well as certification bodies, factory inspectors and safety regulators with a comprehensive overview of machinery safety. * Explains which standard is relevant for which type of machine * Helps manufacturers to self-certify their machines for the EU market * All types of safeguards are discussed - mechanical, interlocking, electrical/electronic/programmable, hydraulic, pneumatic

Recommended Reading
2005 Practical Electrical Equipment and Installations in Hazardous Areas Newnes
ISBN 0750663987 ISBN-13 9780750663984

This book provides the reader with an understanding of the hazards involved in using electrical equipment in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres. It is based on the newly adopted international IEC79 Series of Standards that are now harmonizing and replacing older national Standards. Explosion-proof installations can be expensive to design, install and operate. The strategies and techniques described in this book can significantly reduce costs whilst maintaining plant safety. The book explains the associated terminology and its correct use - from Area Classification through to the selection of explosion-protected electrical apparatus, describing how protection is achieved and maintained in line with these international requirements. The IEC standards require that engineering staff and their management are trained effectively and safely in Hazardous Areas, and this book is designed to help fulfill that need. A basic understanding of instrumentation and electrical theory would be of benefit to the reader, but no previous knowledge of hazardous area installation is required. An engineer's guide to the hazards and best practice for using electrical equipment in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres. Fully in line with the newly adopted international standards, the IEC79 series. Clear explanations of terminology and background information make this the most accessible book on this subject.

Recommended Reading
2004-06-03 Health and Safety in Brief Routledge
ISBN 9780750662116 ISBN-13 0750662115

In plain English, John Ridley guides the reader through Health and Safety legislation and explains how to comply with it in practical terms. The text is clearly laid out, distinguishing between bulleted summaries of legislative requirements and the authors advice and commentary. By condensing the fundamental contents of the authors acclaimed Safety at Work into a practical and affordable volume, Health and Safety Brief has established itself as a valuable handbook for safety representatives and managers, as well as an essential aide-mmoire for students on the following courses: * NEBOSH National Certificate and Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health * IOSH Working Safely and Managing Safely * CIEH Advanced Certificate in Health & Safety in the Workplace * British Safety Council Certificate in Safety Management * NVQs in Occupational Safety and Health New in this edition: * The effects of the Woolf Report reforms on UK law * Changes in UK law as a result of EU directives, affecting the Chemical (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations * EU led changes in regulations concerning asbestos, lead, and explosive atmospheres and the new EU exposure limits * New accident reporting procedure

Recommended Reading
2004-07-16 Practical Machinery Safety Elsevier
ISBN 0080480233 ISBN-13 9780080480237

Practical Machinery Safety aims to provide you with the knowledge to tackle machinery safety control problems at a practical level whilst achieving compliance with national and international standards. The book highlights the major international standards that are used to support compliance with EU regulations and uses these standards as a basis for the design procedures. It looks at the risk assessment processes used to identify hazards and to quantify the risks inherent in a machine. It introduces the concepts of safety categories as defined by standard EN954-1 (Safety of Machinery) and illustrates the principles of failsafe design, fault tolerance and self-testing. It also provides an introduction to machinery protection devices such as guards, enclosures with interlocks and guard-monitoring relays, locking systems, safety mats, photo-electric and electro-sensitive principles and the application of light curtains, a study of Safety Control System techniques, and introduces the principles of safety-certified PLCs. Plan and implement safety systems that deliver a safe working environment and compliance with national and international standards Apply simple risk assessments and hazard design methods to your own projects Identify hazards that occur with machinery and know how to deal with them

Recommended Reading
2001 Fire Hazards in Industry Elsevier
ISBN 0750653213 ISBN-13 9780750653213

Publisher Fact Sheet This book has been designed to cover, in general terms, exactly what is required of employers.

Recommended Reading
2001 Fire Safety
ISBN 1858002559 ISBN-13 9781858002552

This book is useful if you are an employer or responsible for a premises It covers: Fire Legislation, Fire Risk Assessment, Fire Prevention, Structural Fire Protection, Fire Extinguishing Equipment, Fire Alarms, Emergency Lighting and Fire Register/Record Keeping.

Recommended Reading
2000 The Handbook of Health and Safety Practice Financial Times/Prentice Hall
ISBN 0273644327 ISBN-13 9780273644323

The Handbook of Health and Safety Practice is the book for anyone involved in health and safety including: health and safety practitioners, personnel managers, lawyers, engineers and those studying for NEBOSH, IOSH and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health examinations. Organised in two parts, the legal and the practical aspects, this book gives you complete coverage of health and safety and tells you how to implement them successfully in your company.

Recommended Reading
2000 Electrical Product Safety Newnes
ISBN 9780750646048 ISBN-13 0750646047

Electrical Product Safety: A Step-by-Step Guide to LVD Self Assessment provides a step-by-step approach to meeting the LVD and reducing safety approval costs. It is a practical and easy to follow guide aimed at helping manufacturers of electrical products, and in particular small and medium sized businesses to understand the requirements of the LV regulations, understand the basic safety principles, self assess their products and create customised safety reports. The guide is presented in four parts: the first part examines the regulations, their enforcement and the concept of due diligence; the second and most detailed part takes the reader through the process of product self evaluation and report compilation; part three deals with the documentation, i.e. how to compile a technical file and how to prepare a declaration of conformity; finally part four explains how to set up factory and production control systems. Electrical Product Safety has been written by a Trading Standards Office (D. Holland) and an experienced Safety Approvals Engineer (J. Tzimenakis). A complete, practical guide to meeting core EU legal requirements Designed for easy application by small and medium companies, not just large technical teams Expertise of an author who has set up a similar system at Sony, and supplies supporting software

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

John M. Madden (2017) Electrical Safety and the Law Routledge

Jeremy Stranks (2016) Health and Safety at Work: An Essential Guide for Managers Kogan Page

Mary Russell (2015) The Emergency Management Handbook Brentwood

Daniel E. Della-Giustina (2014) Fire Safety Management Handbook, Third Edition CRC Press

K. Bradley Penuel, Matt Statler, Ryan Hagen (2013) Encyclopedia of Crisis Management SAGE

J. C. Das (2012) ARC Flash Hazard Analysis and Mitigation John Wiley & Sons

Allan St. John Holt, Jim Allen (2009) Principles of Health and Safety at Work Routledge

Allan Grice (2009) Fire Risk Thorogood

Jeremy W. Stranks (2006) The A-Z of Health and Safety Thorogood

Jeremy W. Stranks (2006) Health and Safety Pocket Book Routledge

John R. Ridley, Dick Pearce (2006) Safety with Machinery Elsevier

Geoffrey Bottrill, Derek Cheyne, G. Vijayaraghavan (2005) Practical Electrical Equipment and Installations in Hazardous Areas Newnes

David Macdonald (2004) Practical Machinery Safety Elsevier

John Ridley (2004) Health and Safety in Brief Routledge

Norman Thomson (2001) Fire Hazards in Industry Elsevier

Michael McMahon (2001) Fire Safety Round Hall

Jeremy W. Stranks (2000) The Handbook of Health and Safety Practice Financial Times/Prentice Hall.

Jimmy Tzimenakis, David Holland (2000) Electrical Product Safety Newnes

Class Materials: Reports, Case Studies, Journal Articles, etc

Journal Resources

Journal of Safety Research

Professional Safety Journal

URL Resources

Other Resources

Students will be given access to handouts, relevant reports and research reports on the moodle page for this module.

Additional Information