SAFE08039 2019 Management of Workplace Health & Wellbeing

General Details

Full Title
Management of Workplace Health & Wellbeing
Transcript Title
Management of Workplace Health
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Subject Area
SAFE - Safety Studies
ESCI - Environmental Science
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Edel Costello, Margaret McCallig
Programme Membership
SG_SOCCU_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Occupational Safety and Health SG_SOCCU_K08 201900 Level 8 Honours Degree Add-on in Science in Occupational Safety and Health

This module will focus on the management principles and systems that impact on workers physical and mental health and wellbeing. During this module students will gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of health and wellbeing management in a workplace setting. The learner will be able to identify and outline the core skills required to plan, implement and evaluate health promotion initiatives from a theoretical perspective.

Learning Outcomes

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


Assess and manage health issues arising from exposure to physical, chemical, psychological and ergonomic hazards within the workplace.


Analyse and apply relevant legislative requirements in relation to the management of workplace health and wellbeing.


Design and implement appropriate workplace health and wellbeing management techniques to reduce risk within the organisation.


Compare and contrast the health and safety risks associated with different groups in the workplace setting, in particular; aging workers, young workers, female workers, migrant workers and shiftworkers.


Design and implement effective risk communication and training programmes for workplace health and wellbeing. 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time.
This will include lectures and may include site visits, 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

This module is 50% Continuous assessment and 50% Final Exam
Students will be assessed through individual projects and group projects in addition to the final exam.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Overview of Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace; hazard identification, risk assessment, vulnerable risk groups. 

Health Risk Behaviours vs Health protective Behaviours 

Core Concepts applicable to utilising a settings based approach with focus on the workplace 

Models and approaches to Health Promotion Management in the Workplace 

Case studies of Workplace Health & Wellbeing Management from needs analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation. 

Cost benefit analysis of the management of Workplace Health & Wellbeing.

Integration of Workplace Health & Wellbeing management programmes into QESH Management systems.  

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 Case Study Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 20 % OnGoing 3,4,5
2 MCQ Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 10 % OnGoing 1,2
3 SAQ Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

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

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self directed learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2013-09 How to Design and Finance Workplace Health Promotion Programs
ISBN 0615732259 ISBN-13 9780615732251

How to develop a workplace wellness incentive program that complies with new federal regulations, is cost neutral to employers, and is consistent with behavioral psychology that drives healthy behavior. This workbook is an invaluable tool that can be used by any employer or consultant to design a workplace health promotion program. It provides a practical approach to creating successful programs based on decades of research by one of the leading experts in the field. The author shares what makes the best workplace health promotion programs in the United States different from the hundreds of other programs across the country.

Required Reading
2014-06-23 Workplace Well-being John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 1118469453 ISBN-13 9781118469453

Workplace Wellbeing is a complete guide to understanding and implementing the principles of a psychologically healthy workplace for psychologists and other practitioners. Grounded in the latest theory and research yet filled with plenty of case studies and proven techniques Introduces the core components of psychologically healthy workplaces, including health and safety, leadership, employee involvement, development, recognition, work-life balance, culture and communication Addresses important issues such as the role of unions, the importance of leadership, healthy workplaces in small businesses, respectful workplace cultures, and corporate social responsibility Discusses factors that influence the physical safety of employees, as well as their physical and psychological health Brings together stellar scholars from around the world, including the US, Canada, Europe, Israel, and Australia

Required Reading
1994-01 Mental Health in the Workplace Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN 0899307035 ISBN-13 9780899307039

A guide to the impact of mental health issues on the workplace, with special attention to complying with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

As recommended in lecture material. 

Journal Resources

As recommended in lecture material 

URL Resources

Other Resources

Students will be given access to lecture material, relevant literature and research reports on the moodle page for this module.

Additional Information