DURATION : 3 Days

PARTICIPANTS : 12 maximum

The specific learning outcomes are grouped into specific units.

Unit 1  Role and Rights of Safety Representatives
Unit 2  Occupational Health and Safety in the Workplace
Unit 3   Health and Safety Legislation & the Health and Safety Authority
Unit 4   Safety Statements
Unit 5   Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
Unit 6   Accident Causation and Prevention Strategies
Unit 7  Construction Skills Certification Scheme and Construction Hazards
Unit 8   Effective Communication and Meeting Participation

Specific Learning Outcomes

Role and Rights of Safety Representatives

Learners will be able to:
describe the role of safety representatives within the current legislation
explain the rights of the safety representative
understand the system for selection/appointment of safety representatives
describe the health and safety management structure in their workplace with reference to clearly identified roles and responsibilities.

Occupational Health and Safety in the Workplace

Learners will be able to:
understand the importance of occupational health and safety promotion in the workplace
explain the term PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
understand the techniques of accident prevention
interpret accident trends in the workplace
be familiar with Health and Safety policies for their workplace including the safe handling of materials and products and the risk factors in relation to health promote safe and healthy working practices outline
recognise the importance of employees co-operation for the correct use and wearing of the PPE
promote the correct use and wearing of personal protective equipment

Health and Safety Legislation

Learners will  be able to:
describe the development of health and safety legislation
outline the main health and safety legislation, current General
Applications & Construction Regulations and the various codes of practice
understand the terms “common law” and “statute law”
list the main differences between civil law and criminal law in relation to health and safety legislation
describe the main duties of employers and employees as specified in the current Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Acts
be able to refer to the main sources of Irish Health and Safety legislation
be familiar with the various sources for health and safety information and advice
describe the function of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board
outline the function and structure of the Health and Safety Authority
describe the function and the main powers of the Safety Inspectors

Safety Statements

Learners should be able to:
describe the purpose of the safety statement
outline the main elements of a safety statement
understand the terminology of Safety Statements
outline when the safety statement must be reviewed and/or revised explain the employers responsibility
explain employer and employee responsibility.

Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment

Learners should be able to:
identify hazards in the workplace and whom may be affected by these hazards
understand risk assessment methods
select appropriate hazard control measures to control risks in the workplace
outline the principles and procedures of permit to work systems i.e. confined space working, roof work, live electrical work
outline specific risks and hazards when working with equipment, to include:
construction equipment
electrical equipment
mechanical equipment
excavations and excavation equipment
equipment for working at heights

Accident Causation and Prevention Strategies

Learners should be able to:
understand the accident sequence
outline accident behaviour
explain the differences between incidents, accidents and dangerous occurrences
be familiar with the various statutory and recording forms
outline the outcomes of accidents
understand the factors contributing to accidents
understand the promotion and prevention strategies for the development of a good safety culture
outline the main components of good safety culture

Construction Skills Certification Scheme and Construction Hazards

Learners should be able to:
familiar with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme
outline the occupations and tasks that are designated under the scheme
explain the reasons for the CSCS scheme
recognise the hazards that are particular to a working environment

Effective Communication and Meeting Participation

Learners should be able to:
demonstrate the theory and practice of good communication in the workplace
outline effective methods of communicating safety in the workplace
participate effectively in group discussion and decision making at safety meetings
co-operate and contribute effectively at formal meetings
gather information from a range of written material including health and safety brochures/leaflets and publications

Portfolio of Assessment

Summary

Examination Theory -Based 50%
Project 50%

Examination

The examination will be 90 minutes in duration.
The format of the examination will be as follows:
Section A
12 short answer questions
Candidates are required to answer 10 questions (3 marks each).
Section B
3 structured questions
Candidates are required to answer 2 questions (5 marks each).

Project The internal assessor will devise a project brief that requires candidates to demonstrate their ability to carry out a safety audit of their workplace, list the hazards, assess the risks, recommend control measures with appropriate/sufficient documentation.

12 Grading

Pass 50 – 64%
Merit 65 – 79%
Distinction 80 – 100%