SAFE07019 2019 Occupational Safety and Health

General Details

Full Title
Occupational Safety and Health
Transcript Title
Occupational Safety and Health
N/A %
Subject Area
SAFE - Safety Studies
ESCI - Environmental Science
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Edel Costello, Mary Hannon
Programme Membership
SG_SAGRI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SECOL_B07 202000 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with Ecology SG_SENVI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SENVI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SECOL_H08 202000 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science with Ecology SG_SSCIE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science SG_SAGRI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SENVI_J07 201900 Level 7 Add-on Award in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SAGRI_J07 201900 Level 7 Add-on Award in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SSCIE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science SG_SAGRI_H08 202000 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science

This module will give students a foundation in occupational safety and health and highlight the links between environmental issues and health and safety in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes

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


Examine the links between environmental issues and occupational safety and health issues in the workplace.


Identify a variety of hazards in the workplace and apply appropriate control measures.


Outline the parameters used for occupational safety and health monitoring.


Identify and analyse Irish and EU occupational safety and health legislation.


Communicate the need for effective management of health and safety issues in the workplace.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full time and will include lectures and practical demonstrations augmented by collaborative work, independent and directed learning. 

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 50% continuous assessment and 50% final exam.

Students will be assessed individually as well as in groups.  Written reports and presentations will be used in class in addition to the final exam.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Hazard identification and risk assessment.

Fire, electricity, emergency planning and hazards associated with building activities.

Noise, dust, vibration and associated occupational hygiene issues.

Occupational diseases, health promotion, psychosocial hazards.

Manual handling and ergonomics.

Hazardous materials classification and management.

Permitting systems and control of hazardous energy LOTO.

Relevant OHS legislation.

Accident investigation and emergency planning.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Class discussion and feedback Formative Assessment - % OnGoing 1,2,4,5
2 Report on the effects of legislation and hazard identification on a prescribed work environment Continuous Assessment Written Report 20 % Week 8 2,4
3 Presentation on the effect of OSH on a prescribed workplace situation. Continuous Assessment Group Project 30 % Week 12 1,2,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2005 The Handbook of Health and Safety Practice Prentice Hall
ISBN 0131976451 ISBN-13 9780131976450

The Handbook of Health and Safety Practice is the book for anyone involved in health and safety: health and safety practitioners, HR managers, lawyers, engineers and those studying for NEBOSH and other occupational health and safety qualifications. Now in its nineteenth successful year, this newly updated seventh edition contains detailed coverage of all new legislation. Helpfully organised into two parts - the legal and practical aspects - this comprehensive reference source is an invaluable guide to helping you ensure your organisation successfully implements health and safety legislation.

Required Reading
2008 Safety at Work Routledge
ISBN 9780750680356 ISBN-13 0750680350

Safety at Work is widely accepted as the most authoritative guide to safety and health in the workplace. Its comprehensive coverage and academically rigorous approach make it essential reading for students on occupational safety and health courses at diploma, bachelor and master level, including the NEBOSH National Diploma. Health and safety professionals turn to it for detailed coverage of the fundamentals and background of the field. The seventh edition has been revised to cover recent changes in UK legislation and practice, including: Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007 Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 Work at Height Regulations 2005 Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 Waste regulations 2005, 2006 ISO 12100 Safety of Machinery - Basic concepts and general principles * Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of H&S management, updated to cover all the latest UK and EU regulations and directives * Edited by two experienced and well-known H&S professionals, with contributions from leading experts in H&S research and practice * Ideal reference for all students on degree level courses as well as for H&S and HR professionals

Required Reading
2005-06-24 Occupational Hygiene Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 1405106212 ISBN-13 9781405106214

Employees, employers and the government have all become very aware of the effects on health of the work environment. As a result, this subject area is rapidly developing with recent changes in legislation, sampling and measurement methods, as well as a new emphasis on the psychological impact of work, and the importance of an appropriate work-life balance. The purpose of this book is to provide a clear and concise account of the principles of occupational hygiene and, as such, it is suitable for students studying for degree courses in this subject and for the MFOM. It is also suitable for occupational physicians and nurses, to safety representatives and to trade unionists. This edition sees the introduction of nine new chapters covering recently emerged topics such as work/life balance, work organisation and pyschological issues.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Ridley J. & Channing J. (2004) 6th ed Safety At Work Butterworth Heinemann

Stranks J. (2000) 5th ed Handbook of Health and Safety Practice Pearson Education

Ridley J. (2004) 3rd ed Health and Safety in Brief Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann

Curley T.(2006) The Construction Safety Handbook Oak Tree Press

Stranks J. (1995) Occupational Health and Hygiene Pitman Publishing

Journal Resources

Health and Safety Review

URL Resources

Other Resources


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