The aim of the course is to provide the student with an overview of the regulatory framework of Health and Safety principles as they apply to the Irish workplace. With a legislative framework, the Safety health Welfare at Work Act 2005, students will evaluate the roles and responsibilities of employer and employee.
Students will be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the principles of occupational safety and health management; and be able to apply the principles of hazard identification, risk assessment, and the hierarchy of controls in a low-risk environment.
On successful completion of this programme participants will have a thorough understanding of the regulatory framework, clearly identify the main hazards and risks in a workplace environment, and be familiar with the role of stakeholders; HSA, safety representatives and officers.
Legal Principles and Framework
• Irish health and safety legislation • EU health and safety directives • Employer’s liability; Vicarious liability
In-Company Communication and Representation
• The Role of the Safety Representative • The Safety Statement • Communicating with Colleagues and Senior Management • Representing employees on health and safety
Managing Issues in Assessment and Prevention
• Identifying hazards and risk assessment • Workplace audits • Sources and uses of information • Occupational hygiene • Ergonomics • Safety technology • Workplace Stress
Understanding the Role and Implications of Regulatory Bodies and Procedures
Inspectors and Enforcement • The Role of the Occupational Health and Safety Authority • Accident Reporting and learning
The module combines formal lectures, problem-based learning, task-based learning activities, group work, and case studies, to create a ‘student-centric’ learning experience. In addition, video presentations, guest speakers and contributors to the Irish Health & Safety sector will be reviewed to illustrate key themes in the module.
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