Questions and marking scheme

Before you begin

Applications that don't refer to the marking scheme for every question are more likely to be unsuccessful.

  1. Word limit is now 700 words per question
  2. Read the Command word appendix before you begin
  3. Read the Evidence appendix before submitting evidence
  4. Understand how bonus marks work.

Question 1

Describe* the nature and scope of the main operation activities carried out at the site.

This question is not marked but is mandatory as the response is essential for the adjudicators to understand the context and background of scored questions 3-12.

Question 2

What are considered to be the most significant issues at the site in relation to the following. Please provide at least one example of each.

  • Occupational health hazards
  • Occupational safety hazards
  • Welfare concerns

This question is not marked but is mandatory as the response is essential for the adjudicators to understand the context and background of scored questions 3-12.

Question 3

Explain* how control measures implemented for one of the significant health and/or safety hazards identified within question 2 are monitored for effectiveness.

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive explanation of the process for evaluating the effectiveness of the control measures and/or safety hazards associated with one of the significant health and/or safety hazards identified within question 2. A good explanation of the process for evaluating the effectiveness of the control measures and/or safety hazards associated with one of the significant health and/or safety hazards identified within question 2  A satisfactory explanation of the process for evaluating the effectiveness of the control measures and/or safety hazards associated with one of the significant health and/or safety hazards identified within question 2.  A limited explanation of the process for evaluating the effectiveness of the control measures and/or safety hazards associated with one of the significant health and/or safety hazards identified within question 2.  A basic explanation of the process for evaluating the effectiveness of the control measures and/or safety hazards associated with one of the significant health and/or safety hazards identified within question 2.  Question unanswered or no health and/or safety hazard identified from question 2.
Response includes detailed reference of specific hazard monitoring Response includes some reference to specific hazard monitoring.  Response includes limited reference to specific hazard monitoring.  No reference included.  No reference included.  Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.

Question 4a

Describe* how relevant stakeholders (employees, contractors etc) effectively participate in the risk assessment process.

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive description of how relevant stakeholders effectively participate in the risk assessment process. A good description of how relevant stakeholders effectively participate in the risk assessment process.  A satisfactory description of how stakeholders participate in the risk assessment process.  A limited description of how some stakeholders participate in the risk assessment process.  A basic description of how few stakeholders participate in the risk assessment process.  Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.
Response includes specific examples of stakeholder participation. Response includes a specific example of stakeholder participation.  Response includes reference to a specific example of stakeholder participation.  No example included.  No example included.  

 

Question 4b

Submit supportive evidence as attachment (for example: current risk assessment).

One bonus mark*** will be awarded for relevant evidence uploaded. Evidence which does not adhere to the requirements found in the evidence appendix** will be discarded by the adjudicators and no bonus mark will be awarded.

Question 5a

Describe* how the emergency incident arrangements at the site are communicated to all relevant parties (including non-employee groups in particular) and how the effectiveness of such arrangements is evaluated.

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive description of how the emergency incident arrangements at the site are communicated to all relevant parties, (including non-employee groups in particular) and how evaluation of the effectiveness of such arrangements is carried out. A good description of how the emergency incident arrangements at the site are communicated to all relevant parties (including non-employee groups in particular) and how evaluation of the effectiveness of such arrangements is carried out.  A satisfactory description of the emergency incident arrangements at the site are communicated to most relevant parties (including non-employee groups in particular) and how evaluation of the effectiveness of such arrangements is carried out.  A limited description of how the emergency incident arrangements at the site are communicated to some relevant parties (not including non-employee groups) and how evaluation of the effectiveness of such arrangements is carried out.  A basic description of how the emergency incident arrangements at the site are communicated to relevant parties (not including non-employee groups) and no reference to the evaluation of the effectiveness of such arrangements.  Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.
Response identifies all relevant stakeholders (including non-employee groups) and includes specific examples of how effective communication is evaluated. Response identifies some relevant stakeholders (including non-employee groups) and includes specific examples of how effective communication is evaluated.  Response identifies some stakeholder(s) and includes limited example(s) of how effective communication is evaluated.  No examples included.  No examples included.  

 

Question 5b

Submit supportive evidence as attachment (for example: communication to stakeholder(s) and/or evaluation of effectiveness).

One bonus mark*** will be awarded for relevant evidence uploaded. Evidence which does not adhere to the requirements found in the evidence appendix** will be discarded by the adjudicators and no bonus mark will be awarded.

Question 6a

Explain* how the potential health and safety impacts of any changes in the workplace are assessed.

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive explanation of how the potential health and safety impact of any changes in the workplace are assessed. A good explanation of how the potential health and safety impact of any changes in the workplace are assessed.  A satisfactory explanation of how the potential health and safety impact of any changes in the workplace are assessed.  A limited explanation of how the potential health and safety impact of any changes in the workplace are assessed.  A basic explanation of how the potential health and safety impact of any changes in the workplace are assessed.  Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.
Response includes a range of examples of how the impact of changes are assessed. Response includes an example of how the impact of changes are assessed.  Response includes an example of how the impact of changes are assessed.  No examples included.  No examples included.  

 

Question 6b

Submit supportive evidence as attachment (for example: relevant change management process or change management risk assessment).

One bonus mark*** will be awarded for relevant evidence uploaded. Evidence which does not adhere to the requirements found in the evidence appendix** will be discarded by the adjudicators and no bonus mark will be awarded.

Question 7

Describe* how senior management are proactively involved in setting health and safety objectives for the site.

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive description of how senior management are proactively involved in setting health and safety objectives for the site. A good description of how senior management are proactively involved in setting health and safety objectives for the site.  A satisfactory description of how senior management are proactively involved in setting health and safety objectives for the site.  A limited description of how senior management are proactively involved in setting health and safety objectives for the site.  A basic description of how senior management are proactively involved in setting health and safety objectives for the site.  Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.

 

Question 8

Describe* how operational objectives across the site are linked to the objectives identified in question 7.

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive description of how operational objectives are linked to the objectives identified in question 7. A good description of how operational objectives are linked to the objectives identified in question 7. A satisfactory description of how operational objectives are linked to the objectives identified in question 7. A limited description of how operational objectives are linked to the objectives identified in question 7. A basic description of how operational objectives are linked to the objectives identified in question 7. Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.
Response includes a range of examples linking operational objectives with the objectives identified in question 7. Response includes an example linking an operational objective to an objective identified in question 7.
 Response includes an
example linking an operational objective to an objective identified in question 7.
 No example included.  No example included.  

 

Question 9

Describe* how the health and safety performance of contractors is monitored and outline what actions may be taken as a consequence of any unsatisfactory performance.

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive description of how the health and safety performance of contractors is monitored and a clear outline of what actions may be taken as a consequence of any unsatisfactory performance. A good description of how the health and safety performance of contractors is monitored and a good outline of what actions may be taken as a consequence of any unsatisfactory performance. A satisfactory description of how the health and safety performance of contractors is monitored and a basic outline of what actions may be taken as a consequence of any unsatisfactory performance. limited description of how the health and safety performance of contractors is monitored and a limited outline of what actions may be taken as a consequence of any unsatisfactory performance. A basic
description of how the health and safety performance of contractors is monitored and no outline of what actions may be taken as a consequence of any unsatisfactory performance.
Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.
Response includes a range of examples to illustrate the process. Response includes an example to illustrate the process.
 Response includes an example to illustrate the process.
 No example included.  No example included.  

Question 10a

Describe* what support and information are available to employees in relation to health and lifestyle issues (including work-related and non work-related examples).

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive description of the support and information made available to employees in relation to health and lifestyle issues (work-related and non work-related). A good description of the support and information made available to employees in relation to health and lifestyle issues (work-related and non work-related). A satisfactory description of the support and information made available to employees in relation to health and lifestyle issues (work-related or non work-related). limited description of the support and information made available to employees in relation to health and lifestyle issues (work-related only). A basic
description of the support and information available to employees in relation to health and lifestyle issues.
Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.
Response includes a range of work and non work-related examples. Response includes a
work or non work-related example.
 Response includes a
work or non work-related example.
 No example included.  No example included.  

Question 10b

Submit supportive evidence as attachment (for example: staff benefit scheme, wellbeing campaigns).

One bonus mark*** will be awarded for relevant evidence uploaded. Evidence which does not adhere to the requirements found in the evidence appendix** will be discarded by the adjudicators and no bonus mark will be awarded.

Question 11

Describe* how improved health and safety controls identified through accident/incident/near miss/non-conformance investigations are communicated to relevant stakeholders and, where appropriate, wider groups.

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive description of how improved health and safety controls identified through accident/incident/near miss/non-conformance investigations are communicated to relevant stakeholders and wider groups (if appropriate). A good description of how improved health and safety controls identified through accident/incident/near miss/non-conformance investigations are communicated to relevant stakeholders and wider groups (if appropriate). A satisfactory description of how improved health and safety controls identified through accident/incident/near miss/non-conformance investigations are communicated to relevant stakeholders and wider groups (if appropriate). A limited description of how improved health and safety controls identified through accident/incident/near miss/non-conformance investigations are communicated to relevant stakeholders and wider groups (if appropriate). A basic description of how improved health and safety controls identified through accident/incident/near miss/non-conformance investigations are communicated to relevant stakeholders and wider groups (if appropriate). Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.
Response includes a range of examples which illustrate the communication process with employees and stakeholders. Response includes an
example which illustrates the communication process with employees and stakeholders
Response includes an example which illustrates the communication process with employees or stakeholders.  No example included.  No example included.  

 

Question 12a

Describe* with relevant examples how the outcomes of internal and/or external audits or inspections are used to improve existing health and safety arrangements.

Five marks Four marks Three marks Two marks One mark Zero marks
A comprehensive description of how the outcomes of internal and/or external audits or inspections are used to improve existing health and safety arrangements. A good description of how the outcomes of internal and/or external audits or inspections are used to improve existing health and safety arrangements A satisfactory description of how the outcomes of internal and/or external audits or inspections are used to improve existing health and safety arrangements. A limited description of how the outcomes of internal and/or external audits or inspections are used to improve existing health and safety arrangements A basic description of how the outcomes of internal and/or external audits or inspections are used to improve existing health and safety arrangements Question unanswered or no relevant process/examples provided.
Response includes a range of examples which illustrate how the outcomes of internal and/or external audits or inspections are used to improve existing health and safety arrangements. Response includes an example which illustrates how the outcomes of internal and/or external audits or inspections are used to improve existing health and safety arrangements.  Response includes an example which illustrates how the outcomes of internal and/or external audits or inspections are used to improve existing health and safety arrangements.  No example included.  No example included.  

 

Question 12b

Submit supportive evidence as attachment (for example: extract from audit reports or completed inspection forms).

One bonus mark*** will be awarded for relevant evidence uploaded. Evidence which does not adhere to the requirements found in the evidence appendix** will be discarded by the adjudicators and no bonus mark will be awarded.