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Safety Representative Training – QQI Level 5


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Health & Safety Representation

QQI Level 5 – 5N1451

Learner Profile, Eligibility Criteria and Assessment Requirements

This is a 4-day programme.

Learner Profile

Participants will typically be either company employees or members of the public with an interest in Health and Safety Management and in particular the area of employee representation. The programme will be interactive in nature and will focus on ensuring that participants gain a good understanding and knowledge of the role and responsibilities relating to safety representation in the workplace. Learners will be required to become involved in group discussion on selected health and safety topics, designed to simulate likely workplace scenarios where opinions on health and safety may differ and where “common ground” needs to be found between employer and employee. Entrants will gain an understanding of key legal health and safety principles and develop basic skills in both risk assessment of workplace tasks and incident and accident reporting.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Participants will be over 18 years of age prior to course commencement date.
  • Participants will require a good level of English, both oral and written. The minimum standard required of personnel for whom English may not be their first language is set at level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Evidence of competence and certification to this standard will be demonstrated by means the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
  • There is currently no specific requirement for participants to have completed a previous programme of training at a similar or lower level on the NFQ.


Participants, as part of programme assessment, will be required to demonstrate a good ability to discuss, individually and as part of a group, a specific work based topic that relates to employee working conditions and the role of effective representation and negotiation.

There will be a short written test of knowledge as well as a requirement for participants to complete a work-based Risk Assessment Assignment – based on a specific assignment brief and approved templates that will be provided in advance.

Prospective participants are asked to review the requirements set out above and are invited to contact our administrative team at 021-4559180 for further details and course enrolment information. You may also send us a message through our custom contact form here.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • List the implications of health and safety legislation for both the employer and the employee
  • Understand the importance of Health and Safety promotion in the Workplace
  • Define the role and function of a Company Safety Representative
  • Understand the importance of effective communication on health and safety issues
  • Identify hazards and assess the risks associated with workplace tasks and activities
  • Describe the importance of routine workplace inspections
  • Identify potential occupational health hazards and effective control strategies
  • Understand key occupational first aid principles and be able to provide basic assistance in an emergency situation
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of fire wardens and other personnel relating to fire safety and prevention of fire
  • Investigate accidents using approved templates and recommend preventative measures
  • Source information relevant to the Safety Representative
  • Define the function of the Safety Statement within the organisation and understand the key components
  • Understand the importance of developing an effective safety culture within the Workplace
  • Identify relevant Workplace Training needs


Course Programme

Day 1

Opening of Course

  • Introduction, Briefing on Learning Outcomes and QQI requirements

Legislation Relating to Health and Safety

  • Common Law Duty of Care
  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
  • Duties of Employer and Employees
  • Role of the Health and Safety Inspectorate
  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 to 2020
  • Additional Regulations and Codes of Practice relevant to safety management

Role and Functions of the Safety Representative

  • Role and Rights of the Safety Representative
  • Organising resources
  • Methods of securing co-operation
  • Role of the Safety Committee
  • Syndicate exercise

Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment

  • Definitions of Hazard & Risk
  • System of Evaluating Risk Levels
  • Common Workplace Hazards
  • Importance of routine inspection
  • Basic preventative measures
  • Relevant Case Study and Syndicate Exercise using approved templates


Day 2

The Safety Statement

  • Importance of the Safety Statement as a Management Tool
  • Method of Compilation- Relevant Sections
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Review of The Safety Statement

Accident Investigation and Recording

  • Definition of an accident/dangerous occurrence
  • Elimination or management of hazards
  • Case study – in small groups participants will investigate an accident scenario, establish root and contributory causes and make recommendations for future preventative action
  • Steps for effective accident investigation
  • Steps for accident recording

Chemical Safety

  • Current Legislation and Guidelines relating to Workplace Chemicals
  • The potential adverse effects of Workplace Chemicals
  • Selection, Storage and Use of Chemicals
  • Use of Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Case Study relating to Chemical Spillage incident

Manual Handling Risk Assessment

  • Manual Handling Regulations 2007 to 2020 General Applications Regulations
  • Assessing Workplace Manual Handling Tasks
  • Practical application of approved risk assessment templates
  • Risk reduction measures and training requirements


Day 3

Fire Safety

  • Theory and Chemistry of fire
  • Spread of fire and smoke behaviour
  • Portable fire extinguishers- Description and rules for practical use
  • Emergency Evacuation requirements and procedures
  • Fire Safety auditing

Work at Height

  • A review of current Legislation relating to Work at Height (2007 to 2020 General Applications Regulations – Part 4)
  • Risk Assessment and selection of Work at Height equipment
  • Staff competency and inspection of Harness and related equipment
  • Accident Case Study for Working at Height- Group Discussion

Occupational Health Issues

  • A review of the management of key occupational health issues.
  • Risks associated with exposure to chemicals, noise, radiation, vibration and repetitive strain injury will be examined. Relevant and effective control measures will be discussed.

Occupational First Aid

  • Key occupational first aid principles
  • Review of scene survey issues and basic casualty assessment
  • Recognition of medical emergency situations and relevant control strategies


Day 4

Safety Culture and Leadership

  • Developing an effective Safety Culture
  • Responsibility and Leadership issues
  • Health and Safety Promotion
  • Communication of the Safety Message

Training Requirements

  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Task Specific Training Issues
  • Competence and Record Keeping
  • Continuous Professional Development

Assessment Revision Period and Assignment/Presentation Brief

Assessment: Participants will be assessed by means of the following methods:

Presentation (Skills Demonstration) – 20%

Written Examination – 30%

Post Course Risk Assessment Assignment (Project) – 50%

Certification:  Successful Candidates will receive the QQI Level 5 Award through the normal QQI submission process, subject to external authentication.

Appeals process: Anderlift have an Appeals process in place as part of our quality assurance agreement(Click here)

Support for Learners: Anderlift staff will provide a high level of course mentoring to interested candidates and will provide specific guidance in relation to the assessment process.

All participants will be issued with a comprehensive Learner Handbook on commencement of each programme.

If you would like a copy of this Learner Handbook in advance of the programme, please click here.

For further information on awards and on QQI please go to


An abbreviated programme can be run to suit specific client requirements (Anderlift certified).

We can conduct this course in-company for up to 8 people.

Additional information

Safety Representative Training

16th, 17th, 23rd & 24th Sept