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 incidents of ill-health can be avoided by good health and safety management. With this in mind, the British Safety Council offers the Level 2 Award in Supervising Staff Safely, a nationally-recognised qualification aimed at those with responsibility for the health and safety of others. The qualification is ideal for supervisors, team leaders, department heads and junior managers, providing them with the practical knowledge and understanding necessary to their role in promoting health and safety in the workplace.
The online assessment task relates directly to the candidate’s workplace and tests the application of learning in a practical context.
The Level 2 Award in Supervising Staff Safely is accredited by the Qualifications Regulators in the Qualifications and Credit Framework.
While the Level 2 Supervising Staff Safely is a stand-alone qualification, it also provides a progression route to the Level 3 Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health, aimed at managers with responsibility for organisational health and safety and, further, to the Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health, aimed at full-time health and safety managers and practitioners.
Relationship to National Occupational Standards
The content of the Level 2 Award in Supervising Staff Safely has been mapped to Units HSS1 and
HSS6 of the National Occupational Standards for Health and Safety.
Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria
The qualification comprises one mandatory unit (Supervising Staff Safely M/602/4243). 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 a learning outcome has been achieved.
(the learner will . . .)
(the learner can . . .)
1. Know the legal requirements
that relate to supervising staff
Describe the legislation relating to health and safety in the workplace
Explain the role and responsibilities of those involved in maintaining a healthy and safe workplace
Explain the role and responsibilities of organisations that enforce health and safety legislation
List the main penalties for failure to comply with health and safety legislation
2. Understand the objectives of
management systems to support
health and safety in the workplace
Describe the arrangements for provision of a health and safety policy in an organisation
Describe the role and duties of the supervisor in a health and safety management system
Explain the emergency evacuation procedures for workers and visitors
Identify methods of improving the health and safety practices and culture of an organisation
3. Examine workplace procedures to
minimise the threat of hazards and risks
List risks and hazards that could be present in the workplace
Explain how to assess risks to health and safety in the workplace
Describe control measures that can be used to manage risk in the workplace
Explain when a review of risks would be required
4. Carry out health and safety
monitoring activities in the
Conduct a health and safety inspection of a work area and record the findings
Explain the process for reporting and investigating accidents and near misses
Review the health, safety and welfare of employees for whom they are responsible
Successful achievement of the learning outcomes for the above unit will earn a candidate two credits.