Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 workers may select and appoint from among their fellow employees, a Safety Representative. The Safety Representative role includes the undertaking of tasks such as workplace inspections, accidents investigation, investigation of complaints and consultation on workplace health and safety matters.
Training is required for safety representatives and employers are required to ensure that such training is comprehensive and allows Safety Representatives to fulfil their role in the workplace.
This QQI programme is designed to provide the learner with the skills and knowledge to fulfil their role as a safety representative; to promote and maintain safety and health in the context of the learner's workplace and to effectively represent employees on health and safety issues.
Objectives / On completion of this course the participant will be able to:
• Describe the role, rights and function of the safety representative
• List core contents of our main health and safety legislation
• Describe the importance of the safety statement, hazard identification and risk assessment
• Explain the fire hazards, their sources and the requirement for fire prevention controls
• Outline the factors of accident causation, describe prevention strategies and policies
• Understand the concepts of safety, health and welfare promotion in the workplace
• Understand the communication process and effective participation in meetings
This course is targeted at employees who have been appointed or elected as a company safety representative, or is intending to become a safety representative.
Relevant Health & Safety Legislation
Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 - 2016
Safety Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013
• Participants should be familiar and have a good knowledge of their work environment.
• A good understanding of oral English is required.
• Role and Rights of Safety Representatives
• Health and Safety Legislation
• Role and Function of the Health and Safety Authority
• Safety Statements
• Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
• Fire Hazards and Fire Prevention
• Occupational Health
• Accident Causation and Prevention Strategies
• Effective Communication and Meeting Participation
• Health and Safety Promotion in the Workplace
Method of Delivery
• PowerPoint presentation
• Practical Demonstrations
• Question & Answer sessions
• Visual Aids
• Theory Assessment
QQI L5 Health & Safety Representation
Skills Demonstration: 20%
In skills demonstrations, candidates will be assessed in communication skills (dialogue, discussion and moving to a decision/ conclusion) an observation check sheet will be used to identify the expected skills and activities.
This is a theory based examination of 90 minutes duration that assesses the candidate's ability to recall and apply theory and understanding of components from all the units. Candidates will be required to complete in writing or orally. 10 short answer questions and 2 structured questions.
Assignments X 2: 50%
Candidates will be required to complete 2 projects that demonstrate their ability to carry out a safety, health and welfare inspection and to carry out a risk assessment (including identifying hazards, risks and control measures) within their work environment.