Practical Inputs Essay Sample

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The aim of the ‘practical assessment’ is to examine a candidate’s ability to complete a health and safety assessment of a workplace. A candidate need to observe and submit a report to the management based on the observed hazards

Part – I – Observations
Range and outline of hazards and consequences (15 Marks) – Candidate should identify 20 different types of hazards from each one such as Electricity, Ergonomics, Falling objects, Fire, First Aid, Good Practice, Hazardous Substances, Housekeeping, Information, Machinery, Manual Handling, Noise, Obstructions/Trailing Cables, Personal Protective Equipment, Signage, Vehicles/Routes, Vibration, Welfare/Hygiene, Work at height, Work Environment and any other appropriate observation without repetition of the above.

Hazards should be explained with potential to cause harm for e.g. Boxes stored on the floor may cause obstruction of access, egress routes and or a risk of musculoskeletal injury if lifted. Identification of Suitable control measures and time scale (15 Marks) Immediate action – Clean up the spillage and inform the supervisor Longer term action – Supervisor training, Regular Inspection and Investigation of the source of the leak, modify the work process to tackle the root cause. Time Scale

Candidates are expected to provide timescale for immediate action (symptoms) to control the risk from each hazard and to identify the long term actions (root cause) timescale as well. E.g. Good standard of housekeeping & cleaning of spillages could be immediate & Supervisor training to be completed within three months.

Part – II – Report to the management:
Introduction and Executive Summary:
Introduction providing an overview of the chosen area (5 Marks) Candidates should begin with name of the company, size, location, date, time and the details of inspection carried out (using observation, questionnaires, interview etc). A clear and appropriate description of the chosen workplace and its activities including access and egress, emergency routes, indoor & outdoor, people involved should be mentioned.

Executive Summary (5 Marks)

This should be prepared after the completion of the project & the report but insert in the beginning of the report. It is writing the concise overview of the important points from the work. (Based on the high priority observations related to the chosen area) This should also summarize the main conclusions and recommendations arising from the major hazards which will help a busy manager to take appropriate action.

Report – Main findings of the inspection
Quality of interpretation of findings (15 Marks)
Logical sequence from the hazards outlined in the observation sheets based on the key issues or highly prioritized hazards (5 to 6 range of hazards). It should not include hazards not in the observation sheets and does not duplicate observation sheet. e.g. Fire, electricity, working at heights etc.,

Identification of possible breaches of international standards (5 Marks) Candidates should identify the international standards and conventions listed in the syllabus relevant to the area/location inspected and hazards outlined and must demonstrate a clear understanding of the reason for breach/violation. E.g. Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems (ILO – OSH) 2001, LOLER – Lifting operation and lifting equipment regulation 1998, COSHH – Control of substances hazardous to health regulation 2002, PUWER – Provision and use of work equipment regulation 1998 etc. suitable to the organizational activities. Persuasiveness/conciseness/technical content (10 Marks)

The candidate should explain why the management should take action for high prioritized hazards based on moral, legal and financial arguments. Issues requiring such attention & action with associated explanations and convincing arguments should be included. Reference could be made to the list of observations and recommended actions for any particular major attention to any recommendation which could have a high cost in terms of finance, inconvenience and time constraint.

Report – Conclusions and Recommendations

Clear and concise conclusions which are clearly related to report findings and are effective in convincing management to take action (15 Marks) Candidates should provide a concise summary of the findings identified in the observation of hazards to convince management to take action. It should not introduce new issues or additional factors.

Recommendations which present realistic actions to improve health and safety in the chosen area (15 Marks)

Identify recommendations for only 5 – 6 range of hazards which is taken for main findings and interpretation to the management which really helps to improve health and safety in the workplace.


Likely resource implications


Target date

Realistic and based on conclusion (based on only 5 to 6 major hazards identified)

E.g. If training is recommended as a solution to a problem, candidates should indicate few hours with little or no Cost should be addressed as first point

Appropriately prioritized as High or Medium

Date of solution to be attained if it is immediate or long term based on the chosen hazard & timescale given for control actions

Realistic and based on conclusion (based on only 5 to 6 major hazards identified)

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