SAFE06047 2019 Foundations for Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment

General Details

Full Title
Foundations for Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
Transcript Title
Foundations for Hazard Identif
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Subject Area
SAFE - Safety Studies
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Edel Costello, Margaret McCallig
Programme Membership
SG_SOCCU_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Science in Occupational Safety and Health

This module will look at the cornerstone of health and safety addressing the terminology used and the principles applied in defining hazards and assessing risk.  

Learning Outcomes

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


Differentiate between terminologies used to define hazard and risk.


Explain basic hazard identification techniques.


Assess risk using basic risk methodology.


Apply legislative requirements for risk assessment.


Distinguish between the principles of prevention used in risk control.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The students will be exposed to a blend of learning activities e.g. on-line lectures (via Adobe Connect), independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address various student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material( e.g. powerpoint presentations. recordings of on-line lectures and supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

The online delivery will be blended with workshops to bring the learners together to facilitate group learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Final Theory 50%; Continuous assessment 50%

Regular MCQs will be undertaken through Moodle and assignment uploads through Moodle.


Repeat Assessments

Repeat assignments will be available on Moodle, subject to IT Sligo Procedure on late submissions, 'Applications for extension of continuous assessment deadlines'.

Indicative Syllabus

Definitions of hazard,

Definitions of risk and explanations around severity and frequency

Risk assessment matrix 

Qualitative risk assessment and quantitative risk assessment

Cornerstone of health and safety practice

Section 19 of the 2005 Act 

Principles of Prevention 2005 Act

Organisational and Operational Controls



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Multiple Choice Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 20 % Week 6 1,2
2 Assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 15 % Week 9 3
3 Assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 15 % Week 12 4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Not Specified Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Group Learning Not Specified Workshop 2.5 Once Per Semester 0.17
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Study 10 Weekly 10.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning 1.85 Weekly 1.85
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.02 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2007-11-16 Safety at Work Routledge
ISBN 0750680350 ISBN-13 9780750680356

Safety at Work is widely accepted as the most authoritative guide to safety and health in the workplace. Its comprehensive coverage and academically rigorous approach make it essential reading for students on occupational safety and health courses at diploma, bachelor and master level, including the NEBOSH National Diploma. Health and safety professionals turn to it for detailed coverage of the fundamentals and background of the field.

The seventh edition has been revised to cover recent changes in UK legislation and practice, including:

  • Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007

  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

  • Work at Height Regulations 2005

  • Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005

  • Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005

  • Waste regulations 2005, 2006

  • ISO 12100 Safety of Machinery - Basic concepts and general principles

Recommended Reading
2008-09-07 Health and Safety: Risk Management Routledge
ISBN 1138889636 ISBN-13 9781138889637

This is a reprint of 978-0-901357-41-0

Health and Safety: risk management is the clearest and most comprehensive book on risk management available today. The fully revised and redesigned third edition incorporates the latest developments in legislation, best practice, British Standards and qualification syllabuses.

This authoritative treatment of risk management is essential reading for students working towards degrees, diplomas and post graduate or vocational qualifications in health and safety. Experienced health and safety professionals and managers with health and safety responsibilities will find it invaluable as a desk reference.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

As per Booklist.

Journal Resources

As directed in lecture material. 

URL Resources

Other Resources

Reports linked to Moodle Page