8 With reference to the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992, identify:
(i) the particular matters on which employees should receive health and safety information
(ii) the specific circumstances when health and safety training should be given to employees.

Question 8

The provision of information and training is an important factor in any system designed to ensure the effective management of health and safety. The question required candidates to display their knowledge of the requirements of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 on this key issue.

In answers to part (i), risks to health and safety identified by risk assessment were commonly identified, as were emergency arrangements. Fewer candidates identified the need to provide information on the preventive and protective measures that had been introduced, or on the identity of persons responsible for implementing the emergency procedures.

Induction training was rightly a feature of many answers to part (ii) but fewer candidates seemed aware of the specific requirements to train when employees change jobs, and when new work equipment, new technology or a changed system of work is introduced.

Some candidates offered wider thoughts on information and training and ignored the need to focus on the particular matters and the specific circumstances referred to in the stated Regulations.

Question 2 (a) Explain the meaning of the term `hazard'. (2)
(b) Outline the main hazards associated with demolition work. (6)
Most candidates, for part (a), were able to give a reasonable definition of 'hazard' in terms of something that has the potential to do harm although a few candidates became confused with `risk' or 'effect' (for instance, by giving electric shock, rather than electricity, as an example of a hazard)