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  • Writer's pictureDorset Health and Safety

QA Level 3 Award in Risk Assessment Course (RQF)

Because Health and Safety is Everyone's Responsibility

2-Day course 8th - 9th February 2023


Timings for the course are from 09:00 to @ 16:00 daily, although this is likely to be earlier on day two.

Learning Aims

The QA Level 3 Award in Risk Assessment (RQF) is a regulated and nationally recognised

qualification specifically designed for those who have a responsibility for conducting risk assessments in low-risk environments, such as supervisors and site managers. The

qualification is also suitable for those who significantly contribute towards the risk assessment process, such as team leaders and technicians.

Over a 2-day period, candidates will learn about the principals involved in risk assessment, the relationship between hazards and risks and how to apply the hierarchy of controls when completing risk assessments.

Course Content

  • Main causes of work-related accidents and ill health

  • Costs of work-related accidents and ill health to employers, employees and society

  • Health and safety responsibilities of employers and employees

  • Provisions for risk assessment contained in key legislation

  • Enforcement of health and safety laws, including penalties for non-compliance

  • Principles involved in risk assessment:

  • Defining risk assessment

  • Competencies required of a risk assessor

  • Sources of information and advice for carrying out workplace risk assessments

  • Stages of risk assessment

  • Requirements for recording, monitoring, reviewing and revising workplace risk assessments

  • How accident and ill health records can be used to target hazards and control the level of risk

  • Factors that can affect the level of risks in the workplace:

  • Occupational

  • Environmental

  • Human

  • Identifying hazards in different work environments

  • Identifying those at risk

  • Control measures for different workplace hazards

  • Suitability of control measures to:

  • Prevent exposure to hazards altogether

  • Reduce health and safety consequences

  • Effectively control an emergency situation relating to health and safety hazards

  • Applying knowledge when completing a risk assessment for an identified workplace:

  • Collecting relevant information

  • Analysing the level of risk and who may be exposed

  • Making suitable recommendations

  • Recording and communicating findings effectively


There are no other formal entry requirements but to benefit from the learning it is advised that Learners have a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or numeracy or equivalent.

Dorset Health and Safety is committed to providing for the needs of people who are disabled. We will ensure that all reasonable adjustments are made to our provision on an individual and flexible basis. Individuals are actively encouraged to seek assistance and make their needs known as soon as possible after receiving these joining instructions.


Knowledge and comprehension: Learners are required to complete a standard assessment under examination conditions, which consist of multiple-choice questions.

Practical application of learning: Learners are required to complete a risk assessment; this is to be completed during the course and will be marked in line with Qualsafe Awards marking criteria.

Our Commitment

You can expect the highest standards of quality training from suitably qualified trainers, regardless of which training venue or course you have chosen.

You will be treated with respect, courtesy and dignity and due consideration given to your sex/sexual orientation, and religious, cultural and philosophical beliefs.

Due consideration will be considered for persons with physical or learning impairments and reasonable adjustments made wherever possible. Please inform us if you have any such impairment prior to the start of the course.

Unfortunately, as the classroom is located on the first floor and with no lift facility, delegates with certain physical impairments may find access challenging.

Lunch and Refreshments

Delegates can bring their own food and drinks with them should they choose to do so, there is also a shared kitchen on the premises with a microwave oven and refrigerator. A ‘snack van’ visits the centre each morning, there is a burger van close by and a co-operative store is also sited within walking distance. Refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits etc. will be provided throughout the course.


The course is being held at;

Dorset Health and Safety

Suite 8 (first floor)

The Portway Centre

1 Old Sarum Park

Old Sarum

Salisbury, SP4 6EB

If you'd like more information, please check out our page at the link below:

Click here to book online:

Call us: 07841 023522


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