Be aware of and control workplace hazards

Business Sectors (Suites): Frontline Environmental Services
Developed by: Energy & Utility Skills
Approved on: 01 Nov 2017


This Standard is about making sure that you maintain a safe working environment and recognise potential hazards and risks and take preventative action before they can cause harm and injury to self, others or the environment. It is also about making sure that you follow the systems and procedures that are put in place for the safety and

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Identify, evaluate and minimise hazards to your health and safety

  1. select, use and comply with the personal protective equipment

    (PPE) requirements detailed in the risk assessment for the task to

    be undertaken

  2. visually check PPE for defects making sure that it is fit-forpurpose and safe to use

  3. carry out pre-inspection of the work area, and access and egress

    to it, to establish and evaluate potential hazards to personal safety

    before commencement of work activities

  4. when using plant and equipment and conducting manual handling

    operations make sure that steps, slopes and the general work

    area meet the necessary standards and conditions required to

    complete the task safely

  5. visually check tools, equipment, plant, machinery for defects that

    present a risk to health & safety to self, others and the


  6. carry out tasks in accordance with the organisations work

    practices and procedures

  7. evaluate the risks and consider the likely outcomes of your

    actions before you start work

    Communicate data and information

  8. report concerns and defects with PPE, tools, equipment, plant and

    machinery to line manager before use

  9. report health and safety concerns and potential risks before

    carrying out duties and commencing work

    Resolve problems that can cause personal harm and injury to

    self and others

  10. resolve problems and risks within the limits of own job role


  11. report problems and risks outside limits of your own responsibility

    to resolve to designated persons

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:


  1. the potential hazards associated with the workplace

  2. how to identify work-related hazards and risks

  3. details of operational procedures and documentation

  4. how to use personal protective equipment (PPE) in line with

    operational procedures

  5. operational procedures and why it is important to comply with


    Identify, evaluate and minimise hazards to your health and


  6. what is meant by “health, safety and the environment‟ in the

    workplace and why it is important to you

  7. the meaning of the term “hazard‟

  8. the meaning of the term “harm‟

  9. the meaning of the term “risk‟

  10. the meaning of the term “risk assessment‟

  11. the meaning of the term “dynamic risk assessment‟

  12. the harm that a range of health, safety and environmental hazards

    can cause

  13. the meanings of different types of safety signs and the hazards

    they indicate

  14. how the conditions in a workplace can cause hazard

  15. the types of personal protective equipment available and the

    hazards against which they provide protection

  16. what is meant by “safe system of work or method statement”

  17. the importance of personal hygiene

  18. why first aid provision is needed

  19. the health and safety responsibilities of a manager/employer

  20. your personal responsibilities for health and safety as

    an employee

  21. why it is important to report accidents, ill health and other

    incidents, near misses/near hits


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Version Number


Indicative Review Date

01 Nov 2021





Originating Organisation

Energy & utility skills

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Public Services, Waste Operative

SOC Code



Workplace; Hazard; Awareness; Control; Minimise hazards; Risk assessment; Safety; Evaluate risks