Title Health and Safety in Respiratory and Sleep Physiology Practice
Type Stage One
Code HPS121
Requirement Compulsory

Module objective

By the end of the this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will, in respect of health and safety in respiratory and sleep physiology practice be able to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply knowledge with respect to health and safety legislation and guidance both locally and nationally to practise safely in a laboratory, clinical or other settings and advise on safe practice. Clinical Scientists in HSST will also be expected to perform risk assessments and develop, refine and evaluate health and safety precautions relating to patient testing and management and demonstrate the attitudes and behaviours necessary for the role of a Consultant Clinical Scientist.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will analyse, synthesise, evaluate and critically apply their knowledge required to work within and brief others as necessary about the current legislative framework underpinning health and safety (HandS) at work, and specific legislation and guidance relating to safety in medical equipment management and laboratory working practices, including: 

  • Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations (2002)
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999)
  • Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) guidance
  • Medical Devices Regulations (2002)
  • Prevention and control of healthcare-associate infections NICE guideline (2011)
  • The Human Medicines Regulations (2012)
  • Safe disposal of clinical waste (1999) guidance

Technical and clinical skills

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will demonstrate a critical understanding of current research and its application to the performance technical skills and will perform risk assessments using a range of risk assessment tools including risk matrices when required for all investigations and procedures relating to both diagnostic and therapeutic management of patients.

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to perform the skills necessary to assess appropriately the need for health and safety precautions in relation to patient management.

Attitudes and behaviours

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to evaluate their own response to both normal and complex situations demonstrating the professional attributes and insights required of a Consultant Clinical Scientist working within the limits of professional competence referring as appropriate to senior staff and will:

  • show respect and behave in accordance with Good Scientific Practice.
  • establish and influence the culture of health and safety in the workplace.


Code Title Action
HPS1-3-1-20 Respiratory & Sleep Science (Adult) [v1] View
HPS1-3-2-20 Respiratory & Sleep Science (Paediatric) [v1] View