In 2011/2012, in UK workplaces, 173 workers were killed and over 26,000 seriously injured. 1.3 million people suffered from an illness they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work and 28.5 million working days were lost as a result of occupational injury and ill-health.
In addition to the tragic loss of life and personal suffering, employers found themselves faced with court fines and costs, increased insurance premiums, compensation claims, reduced productivity, damaged reputation and lower staff morale.
The vast majority of occupational injuries and ill-health can be avoided. With this in mind, the
British Safety Council offers the Level 1 Award in Health and Safety at Work, a nationally-recognised qualification aimed at all employees. The qualification provides candidates with a basic knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace, including the duties of employers and employees under UK health and safety legislation.
The qualification pre-supposes no former knowledge on the part of those who aim to attain it.
Candidates will come from diverse educational and employment backgrounds and will include school pupils preparing for work experience and employees across all sectors.
The Level 1 Health and Safety at Work is accredited by the Qualifications Regulators in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and is approved under Section 96/97 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000 for learners aged 18 and under.
Relationship to National Occupational Standards
The content of the Level 1 Award in Health and Safety at Work is mapped to Unit HSS1 of the National Occupational Standards for Health and Safety. Level 1 Award in Health and Safety at Work: 2013 Specification (Version 2) 6
Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria
The Level 1 Award comprises one mandatory unit (Introduction to Health and Safety for People at Work T/601/8007). The learning outcomes state what a candidate will be expected to know, understand or be able to do and the assessment criteria describe the requirements that a candidate is expected to meet to demonstrate that a learning outcome has been achieved.
(the learner will . . .)
(the learner can . . .)
1. Understand the importance
of health, safety and welfare
standards in the workplace
State how the duties of employers contribute to a healthy and safe workplace
State how the duties of employees contribute to a healthy and safe workplace
Outline suitable workplace welfare arrangements
2. Know how hazards and risks
are controlled in the workplace
Identify how hazards and risks contribute to
workplace risk assessments
State the importance of workers following correct procedures at work
Outline how to use methods for controlling risk in the workplace
3. Be aware of the main causes
and effects of poor health and
safety at work
Outline the main causes of workplace injury
Outline the main causes of workplace ill-health
Outline the reasons why accidents occur
State the effects of accidents at work
Outline the need to report accidents and near
misses at work
4. Understand how health and
safety information is
communicated in the workplace
Identify the main safety signs and signals found in the workplace
List sources of health and safety information found in the workplace
State the importance of workers notifying health and safety concerns to their employer
Successful achievement of the learning outcomes for the above unit will earn a candidate one credit.
Level 1 Health & Safety at Work is currently available as In Business Training at your premises for groups.
Cost for the courses is:
In Business Training – £x for delivery per day for a group of up to 12-15, (ex travel)