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Operational Update on NOCN Group Qualifications and Services

NOCN Group offers a wide range of services including regulated qualifications, EPA for apprenticeships, Job Cards in construction, Access to HE Diplomas, bespoke accreditation and educational and skills support training.

You will find out more operational detail on the implications of COVID19 for each of these services, including advice for students and centres preparing for external assessments, through the following links:

Please note that NOCN will be following the guidance issued by the ESFA, IfATE, Ofqual, CCEA, QAA and Qualifications Wales, and will update our customers as things change.

If you have any concerns or would like to discuss the impact on your centre, apprentices or learners please contact us on nocn@nocn.org.uk or 0300 999 1177 (Option 1).

Working to support our valued customers

You will be aware of the various Government and World Health Organisation (WHO) announcements and official advice over COVID19.
The situation is unprecedented and has been continually changing. With colleges and schools now closed and the country in effect ‘locked down’, other than essential services, we will endeavour to continue to support you, your apprentices, learners and card applicants through this difficult period.

We support Ofqual’s statement that the most important principle is fairness to all learners and apprentices, not only for those being assessed now, but also for those assessed before COVID-19.

Centre Support

All our staff are working from home, so we are still offering front line support, through telephony, email and web chat as usual.
Certificates for regulated qualifications and cards are being issued to centres in the normal way.
We aim to provide as full a range of our services as possible, where these can be delivered remotely, and we can use remote or recorded assessment methods, whilst maintaining the integrity of the assessment.
All face-to-face appointments for approval visits, External Quality Assurers, and external assessments have been suspended until training centres reopen and normal business resumes.
We are providing digital on-line support, including offering WebEx interviews, developing online invigilated exams in place of physical papers, and digital content support.


Please contact us to discuss how best we can support you on nocn@nocn.org.uk or 0300 999 1177 (Option 1).

Best wishes from all at NOCN to you our valued customers. We hope you all remain safe and well.

Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director

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Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace

Reference
A/503/1170
Level
Level 1
Credit Value
2
Guided Learning Hours
7
 
Aim
The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace within the relevant sector of industry.


Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Comply with all workplace health, safety and welfare legislation requirements.
  • 1.1. - Comply with information from workplace inductions and any health, safety and welfare briefings attended relevant to the occupational area.
  • 1.2. - Use health and safety control equipment safely to carry out the activity in accordance with legislation and organisational requirements.
  • 1.3. - Comply with statutory requirements, safety notices and warning notices displayed within the workplace and/or on equipment.
  • 1.4. - State why and when health and safety control equipment, identified by the principles of protection, should be used relating to types, purpose and limitations of each type, the work situation, occupational use and the general work environment, in relation to:
    - collective protective measures
    - personal protective equipment (PPE)
    - respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
    - local exhaust ventilation (LEV).
  • 1.5. - State how the health and safety control equipment relevant to the work should be used in accordance with the given instructions.
  • 1.6. - State which types of health, safety and welfare legislation, notices and warning signs are relevant to the occupational area and associated equipment.
  • 1.7. - State why health, safety and welfare legislation, notices and warning signs are relevant to the occupational area.
  • 1.8. - State how to comply with control measures that have been identified by risk assessments and safe systems of work.
2

Recognise hazards associated with the workplace that have not been previously controlled and report them in accordance with organisational procedures.

  • 2.1. - Report any hazards created by changing circumstances within the workplace in accordance with organisational procedures.
  • 2.2. - List typical hazards associated with the work environment and occupational area in relation to resources, substances, asbestos, equipment, obstructions, storage, services and work activities.
  • 2.3. - List the current Health and Safety Executive top ten safety risks.
  • 2.4. - List the current Health and Safety Executive top five health risks.
  • 2.5. - State how changing circumstances within the workplace could cause hazards.
  • 2.6. - State the methods used for reporting changed circumstances, hazards and incidents in the workplace.
3

Comply with organisational policies and procedures to contribute to health, safety and welfare.

  • 3.1. - Interpret and comply with given instructions to maintain safe systems of work and quality working practices.
  • 3.2. - Contribute to discussions by offering/providing feedback relating to health, safety and welfare.
  • 3.3. - Contribute to the maintenance of workplace welfare facilities in accordance with workplace welfare procedures.
  • 3.4. - Safely store health and safety control equipment in accordance with given instructions.
  • 3.5. - Dispose of waste and/or consumable items in accordance with legislation.
  • 3.6. - State the organisational policies and procedures for health, safety and welfare, in relation to:
    - dealing with accidents and emergencies associated with the work and environment
    - methods of receiving or sourcing information
    - reporting
    - stopping work
    - evacuation
    - fire risks and safe exit procedures
    - consultation and feedback.
  • 3.7. - State the appropriate types of fire extinguishers relevant to the work.
  • 3.8. - State how and when the different types of fire extinguishers are used in accordance with legislation and official guidance.
4

Work responsibly to contribute to workplace health, safety and welfare whilst carrying out work in the relevant occupational area.

  • 4.1. - Demonstrate behaviour which shows personal responsibility for general workplace health, safety and welfare.
  • 4.2. - State how personal behaviour demonstrates responsibility for general workplace health, safety and welfare, in relation to:
    - recognising when to stop work in the face of serious and imminent danger to self and/or others
    - contributing to discussions and providing feedback
    - reporting changed circumstances and incidents in the workplace
    - complying with the environmental requirements of the workplace.
  • 4.3. - Give examples of how the behaviour and actions of individuals could affect others within the workplace.
5

Comply with and support all organisational security arrangements and approved procedures.

  • 5.1. - Provide appropriate support for security arrangements in accordance with approved procedures:
    - during the working day
    - on completion of the day's work
    - for unauthorised personnel (other operatives and the general public)
    - for theft.
  • 5.2. - State how security arrangements are implemented in relation to the workplace, the general public, site personnel and resources.
Assessment guidance and/or requirements
This unit must be assessed in a work environment, in accordance with the ConstructionSkills‘ Consolidated Assessment Strategy for Construction and the Built Environment. Please refer to the hyperlink for clarity - https://www.citb.co.uk/qualifications-standards/qualification-framework/
Assessors for this unit must have verifiable, current industry experience and a sufficient depth of relevant occupational expertise and knowledge, and must use a combination of assessment methods as defined in the Consolidated Assessment Strategy.
Workplace evidence of skills cannot be simulated.
Additional Information on the Assessment of CITB NVQ Unit 641
The information below should help awarding organisations incorporate relevant parts of the assessment strategy principles’ requirements in their documentation for construction and built environment NVQs. The following guidance is strongly recommended for adoption by awarding organisations in their assessment methodology.
As stated in the guidance as set in Appendix B of the 'ConstructionSkills' Consolidated Assessment Strategy for Construction and the Built Environment'
CITB NVQ Unit Ref: 641 – Assessment Criteria 2.3 and 2.4
2.3 – ‘List the current Health and Safety Executive top ten safety risks’ should be assessed as ‘List the current common safety risks’.
2.4 - ‘List the current Health and Safety Executive top five health risks’ should be assessed as ‘List the current common health risks
All CITB NVQ units – Assessment Criteria 1.4
1.4 – ‘State why and when health and safety control equipment, identified by the principles of protection’ should be assessed as ‘State why and when health and safety control equipment, identified by the principles of prevention’.

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