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Life is full of risk.

In this course, Integrated safety, health and environmental management: An introduction, 'risk' describes the probability and consequences of harm or, at worst, disaster. Risk management involves many stakeholders and integrated management systems help to ensure that safety, quality, environmental and business risks are all managed correctly. The course also looks at emergency preparedness, that is, the management of emergencies and disasters.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Define risk in the most appropriate way, and appreciate the need to prioritise risks
  • Appreciate the costs of illness associated with workplace activities
  • Describe in outline the development of models used to explain the cause of incidents and to promote prevention
  • Recognise the multiple causes contributing to many incidents, and be able to represent them diagrammatically
  • Illustrate the components of an integrated management system.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:07:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:07:00
  • Safety, health and environmental management – a risky business! 00:45:00
  • Setting priorities 00:35:00
    • Types of incident 00:30:00
    • The cause 00:25:00
    • Multiple causes 00:20:00
    • Introduction 00:20:00
    • A hierarchy of causes 01:00:00
    • Why integrate management systems? 00:35:00
    • Comparing the management systems 00:20:00
    • Introduction 00:20:00
    • Why plan? 00:10:00
    • Emergency planning as a formal requirement 00:15:00
    • Emergency planning as a public protection activity 00:20:00
    • Emergency planning as an organisational management function 01:00:00
    • Business continuity planning 00:25:00
    • Emergency planning – the process 00:10:00
    • Plan preparation 01:00:00
    • Plan auditing 00:03:00
    • Training, education, testing and validation 00:07:00
    • Plan testing and validation 00:10:00
    • Conclusion 00:20:00

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