Foundation Course in Health & Safety – FETAC Level 5
The purpose of this programme is to give participants a broad knowledge of the management of health and safety in the workplace. The course is ideally suited to personnel who either wish to progress within the field of health and safety management or who have an element of safety responsibility within their current employment.
At the end of this programme participants will understand the legal framework applicable to employers, employees and contractors. Participants will also be able to carry out both basic risk assessment and accident/incident investigation. They will also understand the essential components of the company safety statement and will be in a position to identify training needs required to secure a safer work environment.
Legal Overview: Common Law issues relevant to Health and Safety Management. Review of the 2005 Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act, including Employer and Employee Duty. The General Applications Regulations 2007 and Health and Safety Authority Guidelines will also be analysed, as will Codes of Practice and their relevance to managing safety.
Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment: Theoretical and Practical approach to hazard identification and risk assessment, where participants will carry out a basic risk assessment of a designated workplace area. Rating of Risk and implementation of relevant Control Measures will be discussed, as will the importance of review of the effectiveness of suggested controls.
Accident Investigation and Reporting: The key elements of effective accident investigation will be covered both in theory and by using an industry case study. Participants will be required to identify both root and contributory causes of a specific workplace accident and will be asked to suggest measures to prevent recurrence. Official forms for reporting of accidents and incidents both internally and to the Health and Safety Authority will also be reviewed.
The Safety Statement: Policy Statement, Roles and Responsibilities and arrangements for minimising loss will be reviewed. Participants will discuss essential elements of the Safety Statement and will consider the extent to which the safety statement can assist their own organisation to manage and control safety related issues.
Management of Manual Handling and VDUs in the Workplace: An overview of current Manual Handling Guidance Documentation issued by the Health and Safety Authority. In particular, manual handling risk assessment and training will be discussed as major factors that can contribute to a reduction in the rate of back injury and other musculoskeletal problems. An overview of current VDU Regulations will also form part of this module. (2007 General Applications Regulations refer.)
Consultation & Representation: An overview of legislation and Health and Safety Authority Guidelines governing this area. A number of case studies will be reviewed to indicate the relevance of limiting representation and consultation to specific workplace health and safety issues. The role and functions of an effective safety committee will also be reviewedd.
Bullying, Harassment and Stress in the Workplace: Participants will review relevant Codes of Practice that deal with bullying, harassment and stress in the workplace and will discuss the policies and procedures that should be in place to manage these issues, with emphasis on preventative measures.
Mechanical & Electrical Safety: Participants will review primary mechanical and electrical hazards and review the importance of permit systems and method statements for specific mechanical and electrical work. (2007 General Applications Regulations refer.) A practical review and risk assessment of a designated site installation will be undertaken by arrangement with site management.
Introduction to Occupational first Aid: An overview of legislation and current codes of practice in relation the provision of qualified First Aiders and relevant First Aid facilities.
Basic First Aid: A theoretical and practical review of basic First Aid procedures including Scene Survey, Primary and Secondary Survey, Recovery position and introduction to CPR.
Occupational Health Issues: Participants will be briefed on the importance of an Occupational Health strategy as part of effective safety management. Guidance and information will be provided in relation to exposure to chemicals, noise, radiation, vibration and other potentially harmful agents.
Chemical Safety: An overview of employer responsibility in relation to the safe use of chemicals. Participants will review a selection of Material Safety Data Sheets and will examine a case study involving a chemical spillage in a warehouse environment. Participants will also review the “Hierarchy of Controls” in relation to the safe use of chemicals
Internal Transport: Management of internal transport will be discussed as part of the safety management system. Methods of segregating pedestrian traffic from vehicle movement will be reviewed, as will other risk reduction measures, including transport inspection and training.
Height Safety: Key factors relating to the management of Work at Height will be reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on Risk Assessment and the provision of collective protective measures, as priority. Overview of requirements for rescue in the event of emergency situations at height will also be included in the module.
Confined Space: The current Health and Safety Authority Code of Practice for Confined Space Entry will be considered as will practical requirements for safe vessel entry. Training and equipment issues for both entry and potential rescue from confined spaces, as well as method statements and safe work plans will also be considered as part of the module. A practical element showing participants correct use of selected equipment will be included.
Fire Prevention and Emergency Evacuation Procedures: An overview of the key prevention measures relating to fire safety, as well as the use of fire fighting equipment, will be provided. A review of the duties of fire wardens and other responsible personnel in securing safe evacuation in emergency conditions will also be undertaken.
Control of Contractors: A procedure for Contractor Control will be examined and discussed. Relevant changes to the procedure will be examined in the light of specific site requirements.
Fetac Assessment Questionnaire and Project Briefings: Participants will be asked to complete an assessment questionnaire to ensure that key training points have been retained. A briefing will also be given on the requirements of two course projects that need to be submitted as part of the overall Fetac assessment criteria.
Anderlift tutor will be available to supervise assessment and to assist participants in planning their project submissions, at course conclusion, as appropriate.