The SPA Passport provides a cost-effective, industry-standard fast track to get contractors started
on site. It provides basic information and areas of responsibility for health, safety and the
environment. It also allows delegates to understand the implications of hazard recognition/risk
assessment and effects on individuals and the employer and to demonstrate how individual
behaviour can help reduce accidents.
Who should attend
People who are looking for a general overview of health and safety and its impact on the workplace.
On successful completion of the course, candidates will be able to:
- Demonstrate their understanding of the subjects by successfully completing each module
- Appreciate how they personally can influence good standards within health, safety & the
- Understand the value of risk assessment and have the knowledge to recognise when
change to a generic assessment is required
- Understand the common hazards associated with work.
MODULE 1 – Organising for safety
Will give delegates an understanding of:- the legal
responsibilities of employers and employees, the role of
enforcing authorities, what makes a vulnerable worker, hazard
identification and control.
MODULE 2 – The workplace
This module examines what makes a safe place of work, safe
behaviour, hidden services and specific hazards, working at
height, asbestos and confined spaces and permit-to-work.
MODULE 3 – Tools, plant and machinery
The session will give delegates an understanding of the risks presented by both powered and non
powered work equipment and the risks associated with the various forms of energy created. In
addition the risks faced with the use of workplace transport.
MODULE 4 – Health
The session highlights the risks and controls for substances hazardous to health together with other
ill health risks from workplace activities, including musculoskeletal problems, effects of noise and
stress. In addition candidates will be made aware of the varied precautions which can be taken.
MODULE 5 – Procedures
Candidates will be shown the need and benefits of procedures, including: the importance of local
emergency procedures and first aid arrangements.
MODULE 6 – The environment
The module covers current and future environmental requirements, safe storage and marking, waste
control hierarchies and emergency planning in the event of problems.
A short, multiple choice examination on the day.
Successful delegates receive a nationally-recognised SPA Core Competency Card, which expires
after 3 years.