SAFE06040 2019 Foundations for Occupational Safety and Health

General Details

Full Title
Foundations for Occupational Safety and Health
Transcript Title
Foundations for Occupational S
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Subject Area
SAFE - Safety Studies
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Ossian Geraghty, John Crummy, Edel Costello
Programme Membership
SG_SOCCU_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Science in Occupational Safety and Health SG_SOCCU_E06 201900 Level 6 Certificate in Science in Occupational Safety and Health

This module is aimed at those who require some knowledge of occupational safety and health (OSH). It is especially for those who have any responsibility for the general management of health and safety aspects associated with their work place or work activities or for providing general guidance to other employees on health and safety. The module aims to provide an overview of the main issues in OSH and the legislative context in which employers and employees must operate.

Learning Outcomes

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


Outline the legal framework and requirements for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) within organisations.


Identify basic hazards in the workplace and outline how a risk assessment would be conducted.


Identify physical, chemical, biological, psychosocial and ergonomic hazards.


Outline appropriate strategies for the management of basic OSH risk.


Detail how accidents should be investigated in the workplace and demonstrate an understanding of root cause analysis.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered part-time. This will include lectures augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).




Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous Assessment 100%

Continuous assessment will include MCQs and written assignments.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment.

Indicative Syllabus

Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005.

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007.

Hazard identification and risk assessment.

Hierarchy of Controls.

Emergency Procedures.

Chemical Hazards -  physicochemical properties, labelling and controls.

Occupational Health - Respiratory diseases, skin conditions, hearing loss, stress, musculoskeletal disorders.

Occupational Hygiene ‑Noise, dust and gas monitoring.

Physical Hazards - Fire, electricity and machinery.

Ergonomics and manual handling.

Safety Statement and basic operational and organisational controls, inspections, audits, safety communication, training.  

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 MCQs Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Assignment Continuous Assessment Written Report 60 % Week 12 2,3,4,5

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Distance Learning Suite Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 10 Weekly 10.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2016-05-03 Health and Safety at Work
ISBN 0749478179 ISBN-13 9780749478179

Establish the proper systems and procedures for effective health and safety management and the legal requirements that businesses need to be aware of with this guide for UK employers.

Recommended Reading
2009-10 Principles of Health and Safety at Work Routledge
ISBN 090135743X ISBN-13 9780901357434

Widely acknowledged as the one stop summary of health and safety fundamentals, Principles covers law, safety technology, occupational health and hygiene and safety management techniques. Originally written by the late international health and safety expert Allan St John Holt, this new edition has been comprehensively updated by Allan's colleague Jim Allen. The book is designed as a concise, accessible introduction to health and safety basics and includes revision notes and a wide range of references. It is a first class resource for NEBOSH Certificate students.

Module Resources

Journal Resources


URL Resources

Health and Safety Review

Safety and Health Practitioner


Irish Statute Book


Other Resources


Additional Information