Law of Health and Safety

Module code: LLMP 5212

Module description

Study for the module consists of three distinct parts, and might be considered as employer's liability rather than specifically Health and Safety.

Liability of employers for their employees and others in the common law of negligence is the first element to be looked at, with particular consideration of recent case law. Usually the law relating to causation is looked at in particular detail and with reference to continuing and developing issues such as asbestos related illnesses, and psychiatric harm.

The law relating to occupiers' liability is the second element of study, and will be of relevance to nearly all employers. This is a statutory form of negligence based on the Occupier Liability Acts of 1957 and 1984.

The final element is what might be called true Health and Safety Law, which has as its source either the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 or the EU Directives applicable to Health and Safety. The nature of the two sources is considered and the rules that they create. Usually one particular aspect, which reflects the more general nature of the law, will be looked at in particular, such as the law applying to the provision of personal protective equipment.

Contact hours per student per year

This module is delivered by distance learning. Three 1 hour tutorial contact time are available for those attending study days.


  • Essay 1 (4,000 words): 40%
  • Essay 2 (6,000 words): 60%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books