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MECH3028 – Engineering Health and Safety

Module code
Module title
Engineering Health and Safety
This course aims to develop aakonga knowledge and skills in relevant health and safety legislation so they can apply appropriate work safety practices and procedures when carrying out tasks in an engineering environment.
  • NZ2715
NZQA Level
Level 3
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
LO 1: Identify and apply safe working practices and procedures to create a culture of safety in an engineering environment.

LO2: Identify the legislative frameworks that impact on workplace health and safety in the engineering industry.

LO3: Identify risks, and hazards and explain how these can be managed in an engineering workplace environment.
LO1 Engineering safe working practices:
- Emergency shutdown procedures
- Personal protective equipment
- Employee participation, incident and hazard reporting/management
- Machine guarding principles and requirements
- Contributing to a safe environment
- Cultural Safety and Awareness
- Machine isolation
- Workshop induction processes
- Workshop safety briefings
- Job ergonomics

LO2 Legislative Frameworks:
- Personal responsibilities of workers
- Employer responsibilities
- Legislation
- Reporting and audit
- Reporting and audit

LO3 Risks and Hazards mitigation:
- Dangers of drug/alcohol in presence of machinery
- Material Safety Data Sheets
- Hazardous materials
- Hazard management controls (eliminating, isolating and minimizing)
- Common engineering hazards and identification
- Occupation Overuse Syndrome (OOS)
- Manual lifting;
- Use of ladders
- Awareness of own responsibilities in the workplace
- Safety of person (clothing, hair, jewelry)
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements
- Workshop cleanliness
- Worksite procedures in event of incident/accident
- Tools machinery, electrical chemical, gas, fumes, confined spaces, height
Assessment Criteria
This course is assessed using competency assessment. Aakonga must complete and submit all summative assessments in order to pass and receive credit for this course. The listed unit standards are optional and are not required to pass this course.
Learning and Teaching Resource
- Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Act 2001, Resource Management Act 1991, Smoke-free Environments Act 1990;
Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996; Building Act 2004; Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 and other associated Acts and regulations
- Work Safe website:
- Online videos and you tube clips about worksite communication, safety and risk management (for example Hazardous areas, Confined spaces)
- Accident Compensation Corporation and Department of Labour. Metal Industry Guidelines for Safe Work. (Wellington: ACC, 2007). Available from DocName=PRD.
- Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDs)
- New Zealand Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Examples may include maintaining a record of:
- Learning reflection and process
- Examples of accident/incident reporting systems
- Notes
- Technical terminology / jargon with meanings
- Practical Tasks
- First Aid Certificate

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