AD5856: Health and Safety Management

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 10, Max 100.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 2.
Teaching Methods: 8 x 3hr(s) Lectures; Other (Self-directed study and independent research)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: This module introduces students to the systematic management of occupational health and safety, including the development and implementation of effective systems to reduce the risk of injury and loss.
Module Content: · Health and safety structures and systems: Health and safety in organisation structures; safety management systems – European standards, ISO standards, etc.; Creation of a safety culture in organisations; Safety audits, their purpose, design, techniques and review systems and associated national and international standards
· Management techniques (influencing, negotiation, communication, change management, business continuity planning, continuous improvement, etc.) to initiate, develop, promote, monitor and improve health and safety strategies, policies and organisational arrangements and overcome potential barriers
· Financial elements of health and safety: Assessment of cost to industry and the economy as a result of damage or injury; Insurance in the context of occupational health and safety; training needs analysis for health and safety.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Provide a critical insight into the role of a Safety Practitioner in an organisation
  • Recognise the role of safety culture and leadership in health and safety management
  • Reflect on the significance of key health and safety objectives and performance indicators within their own organisation
  • Develop and implement policy and safety systems within their own organisation
  • Explain the more common auditing systems and review procedures, their aims and application to health and safety programmes, and be able to organise such audits and utilise the results
  • Identify internationally recognised health and safety management programmes including OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001 and review their procedures and requirements
  • Appreciate the cost to industry and the economy as a result of damage or injury in the workplace.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,000 word Reflection (40 marks); 1 x 1,500 word essay (60 marks)).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40% Students need to pass each element of continuous assessment independently. For students who do not satisfy this requirement, the overall mark achieved in the module and 'Fail Special Requirement' will be recorded.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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