To give you a further insight into what the NCRQ Certificate in Applied Health & Safety involves, here’s quick overview of the syllabus
What are the aims of the NCRQ Certificate?
To give you the knowledge and skills to be able to:
• supervise or manage a workforce in a safe way
• undertake risk assessments and develop sensible and proportionate control measures
• carry out investigations into workplace accidents or ill-health (see our post on RIDDOR here)
• establish and develop a safety management system for any size of organisation
• understand and improve behaviours and attitudes that foster a positive safety culture
• manage health and safety in a low risk organisation.
Who is it for?
The super thing about NCRQ Certificate is that it is suitable for a broad audience e.g.
• people who have no safety knowledge or experience and want a good foundation in safety management
• those working in a safety related role and want to improve their knowledge and skills
• folks with general management responsibilities and want to be able to maintain a safe and healthy workplace.
How is it assessed?
As with all NCRQ qualifications, assessments are designed to reflect real workplaces, and test the skills that are actually required by employers.
You will receive a workbook which will guide you through a set of case-study based learning activities. Once you have finished these activities in your own time, you let NCRQ know that you are ready to start the clock on your next assignment. At this point, you will have a set amount of time within which to submit the relevant piece of work.
Assessments will take the form of a series of assignments. Each assignment will consist of a scenario, a task, and supporting information. Students will then have two to four weeks to complete the assignment in their own time.
What’s your style?
Reports can be written using any approach or presentation – so that students can work in a style that they are familiar, or adopt the methods used by their employer. And as in real life, there are sometimes no black and white solutions – and the assessors will look at the process and justification, as well as the final recommendation.
Before you decide on whether to enrol on an NCRQ course, make sure to check out our very popular NCRQ or NEBOSH review article!
What are the assignments like?
An example assessment programme for this qualification may include:
Here’s an brief example of an assignment –
You are the safety advisor in a small organisation. An accident has occurred in the workplace.
You receive an E-mail from the Chief Executive asking you to investigate and prepare a report highlighting the immediate and root cause, together with
recommendations to prevent a recurrence. You are also asked to comment on potential outcomes of any HSE investigation. There may also be an ethical challenge, such as asking you to not recommend an expensive solution.
This may include a number of witness statements, risk assessments, manufacturer’s instructions, etc, which you will need to analyse and review.
If you would like to hear more about the story of NCRQ, check out our podcast with NCRQ Chief Executive Iain Evans.
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Now let’s go into a little more detail….
This NCRQ Certificate qualification consists of one unit:
• HSD1: Principles of health and safety (RQF level 6, 14 credits)
What are the Learning Outcomes?
Here’s a rundown of what NCRQ HSD1 helps the student to learn…
- Critically evaluate the duties on employers and employees under current legislation to a work-related scenario
- Evaluate the risks of a given scenario
- Identify potential control measures to achieve legal compliance in a given scenario
- Recommend to an employer suitable risk control measures for a given scenario
- Justify the recommended control measures given to an employer against any financial, technical, operational and societal impacts
Understand how to improve a safety management system
- Critically examine an established safety management system
- Identify weaknesses that may result in inadequate or inefficient risk control of the safety management system
- Propose actions to improve the safety management system
Know how to improve the safety culture of an organisation
- Identify indicators of a poor safety culture of an organisation
- Recommend improvements to promote a positive safety culture of an organisation
Understand how to investigate a workplace accident
- Evaluate a collection of evidence
- Determine the possible root cause and contributory factors of a workplace accident
- Analyse the range of potential consequences of non-compliance with legislation
- Report to an employer the consequences of non-compliance with legislation
- Predict the likely outcome of a non-compliant scenario
Understand key workplace hazards and basic control measures
- Explain the key hazards and control measures arising from common activities in a workplace
Be able to devise own professional development plan
- Reflect upon own learning experience
- Compile a personal development portfolio
- Devise a professional development plan
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