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CIEH Level 2 Risk Assessment Principles and Practice

Programme Overview

Through the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) this 1 day programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to understand the basic principles of risk assessment. You will look at the main causes of accidents through to the review and record keeping. Delegates are assessed by an examination paper consisting of 30 multiple choice questions to be completed in one hour under examination conditions. Candidates who achieve 20 or more correct answers will pass the examination and receive a certificate.

Course Objectives

Successful completion of the training programme and assessment will enable delegates to understand the:

  • Main causes of accidents and ill health and the implications they have for people in the workplace.
  • Legal requirements for risk assessment.
  • Principles of risk assessment including:
    - hazards, risks and control measures
    - the five steps of risk assessment
    - the hierarchy of control
    - risk assessment review and record

Course Content

Health and Safety in the Workplace

  • State the main causes of work-related fatalities, injuries and ill health and outline the moral, legal and economic reasons for preventing such accidents.
  • State the main costs to employers of accidents and work-related ill health, and the benefits of their control to employers, employees and society.
  • Define the terms ‘occupational health and safety’, ‘accident’, ‘near miss’ and ‘accident triangle’.
  • Explain how occupational, environmental and human factors affect occupational health and safety, and give examples of each.


  • Outline the employers’ general duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
  • Explain the term ‘so far as is reasonably practicable’ in respect of employers’ duties.
  • Outline the requirements for risk assessment in the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
  • Give examples of other UK Health and Safety legislation with specific requirements for risk assessment.

Principles of Risk Assessment

  • Describe the role of risk assessment in accident and ill health prevention.
  • State what is meant by a ‘suitable and sufficient’ risk assessment.
  • State the necessary competencies of risk assessors.
  • Define the terms ‘hazard’, ‘risk’ and ‘control measure’ and give examples of each.
  • Identify sources of information on hazards and risks, both internal and external to the organisation.
  • Describe the steps involved in a risk assessment.
  • Outline a basic method for evaluating risk.
  • Explain what is meant by the ‘hierarchy of control’ and how it applies in the selection of control measures.
  • Describe common control measures.
  • Describe how risk assessments can be recorded.
  • Identify the general and specific circumstances that would require a review of a risk assessment.