Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace


Health & Safety qualification. Can help towards IOSH certification.

Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace

Aim and purpose

This unit will give learners an understanding of the key features of health and safety legislation and regulations and how these are applied in engineering to ensure safe working conditions.

Unit Introduction

The welfare of people working or operating within any manufacturing or engineering environment is of prime importance. All workers should expect to be able to carry out their work in a safe manner that has no negative effect on their health and well being. In fact, many organisations not only reduce risks and make improvements to the working environment but try to make their own working environment superior to others, making it a competitive aspect when recruiting staff.


Health and safety in the workplace is about measures designed to protect the health and safety of employees, visitors and the general public who may be affected by workplace activities. Safety measures are concerned with controlling and reducing risks to anyone who might be affected by these activities.


Health and safety is controlled largely by legislation and regulations and the law is continually being revised and updated. It is important that organisations are aware of these changes and keep up to date with developments.


This unit will give learners an understanding of hazards and risks associated with health, safety and welfare in an engineering workplace, the associated legislation and regulations and of their roles in complying with the related legal obligations. Learners will also be required to undertake full risk assessments and to appreciate the significant risks encountered in the workplace and the measures taken to deal with them. They will also study the principles of reporting and recording accidents and incidents, again within a legal context.


This unit could form a key component within many learning programmes since the content is highly applicable to many manufacturing, engineering and industrial situations.


Learning outcomes
On completion of this unit a learner should:


  1. Understand the key features of health and safety legislation and regulations
  2. Know how to identify and control hazards in the workplace
  3. Be able to carry out a risk assessment, identifying control measures
  4. Understand the methods used when reporting and recording accidents and incidents


Included Book (Available as pdf)










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Awarding Organisation (AO)

Pearson (Edexcel)


Assignments, Quiz


Online, Remote








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