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Knowledge assessment answers

Performance critieria Answer
1 What are two requirements you as an employee have while at work, as defined by the Health and Safety in Employment Act?
Answer 1. I must take all practicable steps to ensure my own safety while at work


  • using suitable protective clothing and equipment provided by the employer
  • telling the employer if work is causing stress or fatigue

2. I must ensure that no action or inaction of mine causes harm to any other person while I am at work


  • inaction – failing to report hazardous situations, accidents or injuries
  • inaction – failing to follow safety procedures
1.2 Name three rights as an employee under the Health and Safety in Employment Act?
Answer Every employer shall take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of employees while at work; and in particular shall take all practicable steps to –

(a) Provide and maintain for employees a safe working environment; and (b) Provide and maintain for employees while they are at work facilities for their safety and health; and (c) Ensure that plant used by any employee at work is so arranged, designed, made , and maintained that it is safe for the employee to use; and (d) Ensure that while at work employees are not exposed to hazards arising out of the arrangement, disposal, manipulation, organisation, processing, storage, transport, working, or use of things – (i) in their place of work; or (ii) near their place of work and under the employer’s control; and (e) Develop procedures for dealing with emergencies that may arise while employees are at work.

2.1 Outline procedures to identify potential health and safety hazards within a workplace.

How would you identify at least five of the following potential health and safety hazards:

  • access and exit to premises
  • availability of amenities
  • chemical labelling
  • electrical
  • fire protection
  • access to first aid
  • floors
  • housekeeping
  • lighting
  • machine guarding
  • isolating switch
  • height of stacking
Answer Procedures may include:
  • ensuring computer work stations are suitably organised
  • site assessment
  • conducting safety audits
2.2 Determine strategies to ensure health and safety hazards are reduced or eliminated.

- involving own behaviour - consultation with employer - referral to an appropriate authority

Answer Strategies may include:
  • workplace meetings to identify and determine ways of dealing with hazards
  • hazard identification by teams
  • external audits with employees included,
  • and the establishment of a health and safety committee
2.3 Outline procedures to deal with hazardous events or situations when not covered by employer emergency plans.
  • fire
  • chemical spillage
  • live electricity
  • gas leak
  • accident
Answer Candidate’s own answers