SAFE06036 2015 Health and Safety Representation

General Details

Full Title
Health and Safety Representation
Transcript Title
Safety Representation
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Subject Area
SAFE - Safety Studies
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2015 - Full Academic Year 2015-16
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Billy Fitzgerald, Blaithin McGrath, Edel Costello

On completion of this module the participant will have the requisite skills, knowledge and competence to fulfill the role as Safety Representative in an organisation.   They will understand their role as Safety Representative in promoting, representing employees, communicating and advising on matters relating to occupational safety & health.  This module can be taken as a stand alone module with participants receiving a 10 credit Minor Award at Level 6 or particpants can take this module as part of the Higher Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health.



Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify the main legislation relating to health and safety in Irish workplaces and understand the duties, functions and roles of those with responsibility for enforcing and complying with safety legisation with specific focus on HSA, employers, employees, safety representaives.


Understand the functioning of an effective safety representive and safety committee.


Communicate safety and health information to peers and supervisors.


Conduct hazard identification and risk assessment in a perscribed workplace.


Conduct an investigation into a workplace accident.


Advise on a range of occupational safety and health issues in the workplace.


Demonstrate an ability to resource and keep abreast of health and safety information.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The students will receive a blend of learning activities e.g. on-line lectures (via Adobe Connect), independent learning and directed learning, Roleplays and presentations.

The online delivery will be blended with online activites to engage the learners using simulated role plays, scenarios, case studies.



Module Assessment Strategies

The assessment strategy for this module is 100% C/A throughout the delivery of the module.


Repeat Assessments

Repeat assignments will be available on Moodle, subject to the IT Sligo Procedure on late submissions, 'Applications for extension of continuous assessment deadlines'.

Indicative Syllabus

Safety & Health Legal System,

Role of the HSA and Safety Representatives,

Role of the Safety Representative,

Safety Statement,

Hazard Idenification and Risk Assessment,

Role of Safety Representative,

Safety Consulation, employee participation, roles and functions,

Communication skills, effective meetings, agendas, minutes, action items, close outs, monitoring performance,

Risk Management, Safety Statement requirements, hierarchy of controls, hazard identification and risk assessment,

Safety Inspections and cheklists and audits,

Accident Investigation , procedures, accident statistics, talking to interested parties. 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Multiple Choice Exams Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 30 % OnGoing 1,2,4,6,7
2 Assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 8 1,3,5,6
3 Assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 40 % Week 12 2,4,6,7

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Distance Learning Suite Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2009 Principles of Health and Safety at Work 8th ed. IOSH

Recommended Reading
2006 Safety Representatives and Safety Consultation Guidelines HSA

Recommended Reading
2011 Introduction to Health and Safety at Work NEBOSH

Recommended Reading
2014-03-14 Safety & Health at Work: FETAC Level 5 Gill & Macmillan Ltd
ISBN 0717157334 ISBN-13 9780717157334

Safety & Health at Work FETAC Level 5 A new textbook based on the revised QQI module (5N1794) introducing the knowledge, skill and competence to promote and maintain safety and health in a work environment. *Analyses the duties of employers and employees as specified in current safety, health and welfare at work legislation. *Discusses the role and function of the Health and Safety Authority. *Examines the importance of communication, training and safe work practices. *Explains the causes, prevention, reporting and recording of accidents and dangerous occurrences, and presents guidance on emergency procedures. *Identifies specific hazards and risks when working with equipment, and the appropriate procedures for use and disposal of hazardous materials and waste. *Examines issues related to infection prevention and control, including emergency procedures for suspected contamination. *Investigates risk factors in relation to safety, including the effects of medication, alcohol and drugs. *Details the contents of a first aid kit and their appropriate uses WRITTEN FOR: All courses where Safety and Health at Work (5N1794) is a component module.

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