Notes: This unit is only achieved once, if the candidate already holds this unit on another completed NVQ it becomes excempt.

Unit Code QCF641
Title Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
Level 1
Credit Value 2
Guided Learning Hours 7
Learning outcomes
The learner will be able to:
Assessment criteria
The learner can:
1 Comply with all workplace health, safety and welfare legislation requirements. 1.1 Comply with information from workplace inductions and any health, safety and welfare briefings attended relevant to the occupational area.
1.2 Use health and safety control equipment safely to carry out the activity in accordance with legislation and organisational requirements.
1.3 Comply with statutory requirements, safety notices and warning notices displayed within the workplace and/or on equipment.
1.4 State why and when health and safety control equipment, identified by the principles of protection, should be used relating to types, purpose and limitations of each type, the work situation, occupational use and the general work environment, in relation to:
– collective protective measures
– personal protective equipment (PPE)
– respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
– local exhaust ventilation (LEV).
1.5 State how the health and safety control equipment relevant to the work should be used in accordance with the given instructions.
1.6 State which types of health, safety and welfare legislation, notices and warning signs are relevant to the occupational area and associated equipment.
1.7 State why health, safety and welfare legislation, notices and warning signs are relevant to the occupational area.
1.8 State how to comply with control measures that have been identified by risk assessments and safe systems of work.
2 Recognise hazards associated with the workplace that have not been previously controlled and report them in accordance with organisational procedures. 2.1 Report any hazards created by changing circumstances within the workplace in accordance with organisational procedures.
2.2 List typical hazards associated with the work environment and occupational area in relation to resources, substances, asbestos, equipment, obstructions, storage, services and work activities.
2.3 List the current Health and Safety Executive top ten safety risks.
2.4 List the current Health and Safety Executive top five health risks.
2.5 State how changing circumstances within the workplace could cause hazards.
2.6 State the methods used for reporting changed circumstances, hazards and incidents in the workplace.
3 Comply with organisational policies and procedures to contribute to health, safety and welfare. 3.1 Interpret and comply with given instructions to maintain safe systems of work and quality working practices.
3.2 Contribute to discussions by offering/providing feedback relating to health, safety and welfare.
3.3 Contribute to the maintenance of workplace welfare facilities in accordance with workplace welfare procedures.
3.4 Safely store health and safety control equipment in accordance with given instructions.
3.5 Dispose of waste and/or consumable items in accordance with legislation.
3.6 State the organisational policies and procedures for health, safety and welfare, in relation to:
– dealing with accidents and emergencies associated with the work and environment
– methods of receiving or sourcing information
– reporting
– stopping work
– evacuation
– fire risks and safe exit procedures
– consultation and feedback.
3.7 State the appropriate types of fire extinguishers relevant to the work.
3.8 State how and when the different types of fire extinguishers are used in accordance with legislation and official guidance.
4 Work responsibly to contribute to workplace health, safety and welfare whilst carrying out work in the relevant occupational area. 4.1 Demonstrate behaviour which shows personal responsibility for general workplace health, safety and welfare.
4.2 State how personal behaviour demonstrates responsibility for general workplace health, safety and welfare, in relation to:
– recognising when to stop work in the face of serious and imminent danger to self and/or others
– contributing to discussions and providing feedback
– reporting changed circumstances and incidents in the workplace
– complying with the environmental requirements of the workplace.
4.3 Give examples of how the behaviour and actions of individuals could affect others within the workplace.
5 Comply with and support all organisational security arrangements and approved procedures. 5.1 Provide appropriate support for security arrangements in accordance with approved procedures:
– during the working day
– on completion of the day’s work
– for unauthorised personnel (other operatives and the general public)
– for theft.
5.2 State how security arrangements are implemented in relation to the workplace, the general public, site personnel and resources.