Questions and marking scheme

Before you begin

Applicants 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.

You can download a full list of questions and marking scheme using the link below.

Question 1

Describe the nature and scope of the main operational activities carried out at the site. (Information should include the main function of site, number of employees, any use of contractors and relationship to other organisational sites if appropriate.)

This question is not marked but is mandatory as the response is considered 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: (please provide one example of each) *Occupational health hazards* *Occupational safety hazards* *Wellbeing concern*s

This question is not marked but is mandatory as the response is considered 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, safety and/or wellbeing hazards identified within question 2 are monitored for effectiveness. Use specific examples to illustrate.

5 marks 4 marks 3 marks 2 marks 1 mark 0 marks

A comprehensive explanation of the process for evaluating the effectiveness of the control measures associated with one of the significant health, safety or wellbeing hazards identified within question 2.

Response includes detailed reference (example) to specific hazard monitoring.

A very good explanation of the process for evaluating the effectiveness of the control measures associated with one of the significant health, safety or wellbeing hazards identified within question 2.

Response includes some reference (example) to specific hazard monitoring.

A satisfactory explanation of the process for evaluating the effectiveness of the control measures associated with one of the significant health, safety or wellbeing hazards identified within question 2.

Response includes limited reference (example) to specific hazard monitoring.

A limited explanation of the process for evaluating the effectiveness of the control measures associated with one of the significant health, safety or wellbeing hazards identified within question 2.

 

No reference (example) included.

A weak explanation of the process for evaluating the effectiveness of the control measures associated with one of the significant health, safety or wellbeing hazards identified within question 2.

 

 

No reference (example) included.

Question unanswered or no hazard identified from Q2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Refer to the command word appendix

Question 4

*Describe the internal and external factors which senior site management consider during the review of site health and safety performance Use specific examples to illustrate.

5 marks 4 marks 3 marks 2 marks 1 mark 0 marks

A comprehensive description of internal and external factors which senior site management consider during their review of site health and safety performance

Response includes a range of specific examples (more than three) of both internal and external factors

A good description of internal and external factors which senior site management consider during their review of site health and safety performance.

 

 

Response includes some examples (2-3) of both internal and external factors

A satisfactory description of internal and external factors which senior site management consider during their review of site health and safety performance.

 

Response includes few examples (1-2) of an internal and external factors

A limited description of internal or external factors which senior site management consider during their review of site health and safety performance

 

 

Respose includes few examples (1-2) of internal or external factors included

A weak description of internal or external factors which senior site management consider during their review of site health and safety performance.

 

 

No specific examples of internal or external factors included

Question unanswered or no relevant description provided

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Refer to the command word appendix

Question 5a

*Describe how non-managerial staff participate in determining suitable control measures intended to manage hazards and risks identified through the risk assessment process Use specific examples to illustrate.

5 marks 4 marks 3 marks 2 marks 1 mark 0 marks

A comprehensive description of how non-managerial staff participate in determining suitable control measures intended to manage hazards and risks.

Response includes a range of specific examples of non-managerial staff participation and more than one control measure.

A good description of how non-managerial staff participate in determining suitable control measures intended to manage hazards and risks.

Response includes some (2-3) specific examples of non-managerial staff participation and a control measure.

A satisfactory description of how non-managerial staff participate in determining suitable control measures intended to manage hazards and risks.

Response includes a specific example of non-managerial staff participation and a control measure.

A limited description of how non-managerial staff participate in determining suitable control measures intended to manage hazards and risks.

Response includes a basic outline of non-managerial staff participation but no examples of control measures.

A weak description of how non-managerial staff participate in determining suitable control measures intended to manage hazards and risks.

Response includes weak outline of non-managerial staff participation but no examples of control measures.

Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Refer to the command word appendix

Question 5b

Submit supportive evidence (for example: health and safety committee meeting minutes)

1 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 outcomes of internal health and safety audits are communicated to relevant stakeholders. Use specific examples

5 marks 4 marks 3 marks 2 marks 1 mark

0 marks

A comprehensive explanation of how the outcomes of internal health and safety audits are communicated to relevant stakeholders.

Response includes specific examples of communication methods and a range of internal and external stakeholders

A good explanation of how the outcomes of internal health and safety audits are communicated to relevant stakeholders.

Response includes specific examples of communication methods and some (2-3) internal and external stakeholders

A satisfactory explanation of how the outcomes of internal health and safety audits are communicated to relevant internal stakeholders.

 

Response includes one specific example of a communication method and internal stakeholders

A limited explanation of how the outcomes of internal health and safety audits are communicated to relevant internal stakeholders.

Response includes a basic outline of how internal audits are communicated but no specific examples provided

A weak explanation of how the outcomes of internal health and safety audits are communicated to relevant internal stakeholders.

 

Response includes a basic outline of how internal audits are communicated

Question unanswered or no relevant description provided

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Refer to the command word appendix

Question 6b

Submit supportive evidence (for example: internal audit report issue)

1 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 the process for managing operational change which may impact on health and safety performance across the site. Use specific examples to illustrate.

5 marks 4 marks 3 marks 2 marks 1 mark 0 marks

A comprehensive description of the process for managing operational change which may impact on health and safety performance across the site.

Response includes a range of examples of operational change and their potential to impact on health and safety, together with an example of implementation

A good description of the process for managing operational change which may impact on health and safety performance across the site.

Response includes some (2-3) examples of operational change and the potential to impact on health and safety, together with an example of implementation

A satisfactory description of the process for managing operational change which may impact on health and safety performance across the site.

Response includes an example of operational change and the potential to impact on health and safety, together with implementation of the process

A limited description of the process for managing operational change which may impact on health and safety performance across the site.

 

 

Response includes an example of operational change and the potential to impact on health and safety

A weak description of the process for managing operational change which may impact on health and safety performance across the site.

Response does not include examples of operational change

Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.

*Refer to the command word appendix

Question 8a

*Explain how persons with specific responsibilities during an emergency event are provided with suitable training to effectively implement their role(s)

5 marks 4 marks 3 marks 2 marks 1 mark 0 marks

A comprehensive explanation of how persons with specific responsibilities during an emergency event are provided with suitable training to effectively implement their role(s).

Response includes a range of roles (management and staff) and their specific duties during an emergency event, together with several examples (4-5) of relevant training provided

A good explanation of how persons with specific responsibilities during an emergency event are provided with suitable training to effectively implement their role(s).

Response includes several (3-4) roles and their specific duties during an emergency event, together with examples (2-3) of relevant training provided

A satisfactory explanation of how persons with specific responsibilities during an emergency event are provided with training to effectively implement their role(s).

Response includes (2-3) roles during an emergency event, together with an example of training provided

A limited outline how persons with specific responsibilities during an emergency event are provided with training to carry out their roles.

Response includes an example role during an emergency event together with an example of training provided

A weak outline of how persons with specific responsibilities during an emergency event are provided with training to carry out their roles.

Response includes an example role during an emergency event

Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.

Question 8b

Submit supportive evidence (for example PPE assessment, training records, etc)

1 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 9a

*Describe how the use of personal protective equipment is assessed for suitability when identified as a control measure. Use specific examples to illustrate.

5 marks 4 marks 3 marks 2 marks 1 mark 0 marks

A comprehensive description of how the use of personal protective equipment is assessed for suitability when identified as a control measure.

Response includes a range (more than 2) of examples of PPE and stakeholder involvement in assessing suitability

A good description of how the use of personal protective equipment is assessed for suitability when identified as a control measure.

Response includes several (1-2) examples of PPE and stakeholder involvement in assessing suitability

A satisfactory description of how the use of personal protective equipment is assessed for suitability when identified as a control measure.

 

Response includes an example of PPE and stakeholder involvement in assessing suitability

A limited description of how the use of personal protective equipment is assessed for suitability when identified as a control measure.

Response includes an example of PPE and outline of stakeholder involvement in assessing suitability

A weak outline of how the use of personal protective equipment is assessed for suitability when identified as a control measure.

 

Response includes an outline of stakeholder involvement in the selection of PPE

Question unanswered or no relevant description provided.

*Refer to the command word appendix

Question 9b

Submit supportive evidence (for example PPE assessment, training records, etc)

1 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 10

*Describe the health and safety related factors considered when approving contractors/ suppliers or outsourced functions. Use specific examples to illustrate.

5 marks 4 marks 3 marks 2 marks 1 mark 0 marks

A comprehensive description of the health and safety factors considered when approving contractors/suppliers/ outsourced functions.

Response includes wide range of factors (internal and external) together with examples of review process

A good description of the health and safety factors considered when approving contractors/suppliers/ outsourced functions.

 

Response includes some (3-4) factors (internal and external) together with an example of review process

A satisfactory description of the health and safety factors considered when approving contractors/ suppliers/outsourced functions.

Response includes some factors (internal only) together with an example of review process

A limited description of the health and safety factors considered when approving contractors/ suppliers/ outsourced functions.

Response includes a few (3 or less) (internal only) factors and no examples of review process

A weak outline of the health and safety factors considered when approving contractors/suppliers/ outsourced functions.

 

Response includes minimal relevant factors (internal only) and no examples of review process

Question unanswered or no relevant process provided

*Refer to the command word appendix

Question 11a

*Explain how the organisation (site level) have consulted with relevant stakeholders regarding work/workplace issues which could affect their wellbeing. Use specific examples to illustrate.

5 marks 4 marks 3 marks 2 marks 1 mark 0 marks

A comprehensive explanation of how relevant stakeholders have been consulted regarding work/workplace issues which could affect their wellbeing.

Response includes a range of consultation methods, examples of issues and understanding of wellbeing

A good explanation of how relevant stakeholders have been consulted regarding work/workplace issues which could affect their wellbeing.

Response includes some (2-3) consultation methods, examples of issues and awareness of wellbeing generally

A satisfactory explanation of how relevant stakeholders have been consulted regarding work/workplace issues which could affect their wellbeing.

Response includes a consultation method, an example of 1-2 issues and an awareness of wellbeing generally

A limited explanation of how relevant stakeholders have been consulted regarding work/workplace issues which could affect their wellbeing.

 

Response includes a consultation method, and an example of an issue

A weak outline of how relevant stakeholders have been consulted regarding work/workplace issues which could affect their wellbeing.

 

Response includes an outline of a consultation method

Question unanswered or no relevant process provided.

*Refer to the command word appendix

Question 11b

Submit supportive evidence (for example PPE assessment, training records, etc)

1 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 12

*Describe how senior (top) management develop and promote a positive culture within the organisation that supports the health and safety management system and arrangements. Use specific examples to illustrate.

5 marks 4 marks 3 marks 2 marks 1 mark 0 marks

A comprehensive description of how senior (top) management develop and promote a positive culture within the organisation that supports the health and safety management system and arrangements.

Response includes descriptive details of how top management develop and promote a positive culture together with a range of examples linked to overall health and safety performance

A good description of how senior (top) management develop and promote a positive culture within the organisation that supports the health and safety management system and arrangements.

 

Response includes description of how top management develop and promote a positive culture together with some examples (3-4) linked to overall health and safety performance

A satisfactory description of how senior (top) management develop and promote a positive culture within the organisation that supports the health and safety management system and arrangements.

 

Response includes overview description of how top management develop and promote a positive culture together with a few (1-2) examples

A limited description of how senior (top) management develop and promote a positive culture within the organisation that supports the health and safety management system and arrangements.

 

 

Response includes outline summary of how top management develop or promote a positive culture

A weak description of how senior (top) management develop and promote a positive culture within the organisation that supports the health and safety management system and arrangements.

 

 

 

 

Response provides brief outline of how top management promote a positive culture

Question unanswered or no relevant process provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Refer to the command word appendix