The Level 2 award in Health and Safety in the Workplace qualification is appropriate for you if you require a better understanding of work in this area. The emphasis is on making you safe, others safe and also you are capable of identifying potential hazards. “Health and Safety” takes as its starting point the fact that most accidents are attributable to a lack of knowledge or carelessness and that the key to improvement is increased awareness on everybody’s part.

The qualification is suitable if you are in employment or if you have just started work for the first time or with a new employer.

This is a competence based qualification which is assessed at work or in a simulated workplace. Your assessor will advise you on the most appropriate method of assessment e.g. assessor observation, work product documents, case study etc. for each unit so that you build up a portfolio of evidence to meet the standards required by the awarding body. Examples of what might be covered are:

  • Definition of health and safety.
  • Principles of risk assessment.
  • First aid at work.
  • Welfare at work.
  • Safety signs.
  • Electricity at work.
  • Fire.
  • Display screen equipment.
  • Manual handling.
  • COSHH.
  • PPE.
  • Health and safety law.

This award is delivered in the workplace. Your knowledge is assessed at the end of the course by way of a formal multiple choice exam.