Module Overview

Health and Safety Management

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.

Module Code


ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

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.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100