Make sure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety

URN: euswo35
Business Sectors (Suites): Waste Resource Operations Management
Developed by: Energy & Utility Skills
Approved on: 01 Nov 2017


This standard is for everyone at work. It is about having an appreciation of significant risks at work, knowing how to identify and deal with them. This standard is about the health and safety responsibilities for everyone at work. It describes the competences required to make sure that: 1 your own actions do not create any health and safety hazards 2 you do not ignore significant risks at work, and 3 you take sensible action to put things right, including: reporting situations which pose a danger to people at work and seeking advice Fundamental to this unit is an understanding of the terms "hazard", "risk" and “control”.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Identify the hazards and evaluate the risks at work:

  1. identify which workplace instructions are relevant to your job

  2. identify those hazards in your job which may harm you or others

  3. identify those aspect of your workplace which could harm you or


  4. identify and respond to hazards in accordance with workplace

    instructions and legal requirements

  5. report all matters relating to health and safety to the responsible


    Reduce the risks to health and safety at work:

  6. carry out your work in accordance with your level of responsibility

  7. control health and safety risks within your job responsibilities

  8. communicate suggestions for reducing risks to health and safety to

    the responsible people

  9. make sure your work practice does not endanger the health and

    safety of you or others at work

  10. follow the workplace instructions and suppliers' or manufacturers'

    instructions for the safe use of equipment, materials and products

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

You need to know and 1. what “hazards” and “risks” are

  1. your responsibilities for health and safety as required by the law

    covering your job role

  2. the hazards which exist at work and the safe working practices which

    you must follow

  3. the particular health and safety hazards which may be present in

    your own job and the precautions you must take

  4. the importance of remaining alert to the presence of hazards in the

    whole workplace

  5. the importance of controlling, or promptly reporting, risks

  6. the safe working practices for your own job

  7. the responsible people you should report health and safety matters to

  8. where and when to get additional health and safety assistance

  9. workplace instructions for managing risks which you are unable to


  10. suppliers and manufacturers instructions for the safe use of


    materials and products which you must follow

  11. the importance of personal behaviour in maintaining the health and

    safety of you and others


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Version Number


Indicative Review Date

01 Nov 2021





Originating Organisation

Pro skills

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Public Services, Waste Operative

SOC Code



Health; Safety; Actions; Reduce; Self; Hazards; Harmful working practices; Waste managment