Safety and Health at Work

QQI Level 5 – 5N1794


Learner Profile, Eligibility Criteria and Assessment Requirements

This is a 5 day programme.


Learner Profile

Participants will typically be either company employees or members of the public with an interest in Health and Safety Management. The programme will be ideally suited to personnel who wish to progress within the field of health and safety or who already have an element of safety responsibility within their current employment role.

The programme is broad in nature and participants will gain an understanding of key legal principles as well as specific responsibilities that apply to Employers, Employees, Contractors and members of the public. Entrants should have an interest in increasing their knowledge on issues such as Risk Assessment, Accident Investigation and Incident Reporting, Training Needs Analysis, Task Based Training and Competency Assessment.

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 the programme assessment, will be required to demonstrate a good level of health and safety knowledge.

There will be a written test of knowledge on course completion as well as a requirement for participants to complete two work-based Assignments/Projects based on detailed briefs and using, as appropriate a number of specified templates.

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 the programme, Learners will:

  • Understand key legal principles governing health and safety management in the workplace and how they apply to Employers, Employees, Contractors and members of the public.
  • Understand and be able to carry out a basic risk assessment of a workplace or work area, using approved risk assessment templates and methodology.
  • Be able to carry out an accident investigation by understanding and examining contributory and root causes.
  • Understand the importance of health and safety representation in the workplace, as well as the specific role and functions of a company safety representative.
  • Understand the importance of promoting positive and effective Occupational Health practices and effective preventative strategies to control adverse effects of Noise, Radiation, Vibration and other issues such as Stress and musculoskeletal injury.
  • Be able to carry out a primary and secondary survey of a first aid casualty by understanding the key first aid response principles involved.
  • Understand primary Employer and Employee responsibilities on a range of workplace activities, including Chemical Handling, Use of Internal Transport, Work at Height, Confined Space Entry and Fire safety.
  • Understand the importance of promoting safety leadership principles across the work environment and as a result positively influencing safety culture to the benefit of all workplace staff.


Course Programme

Day 1

Introduction to Course Aims and Objectives

Discussion with participants on Learning Outcomes and QQI Requirements

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 to 2020 and Health and Safety Authority Guidelines will also be reviewed, as will Codes of Practice and their relevance to Safety Management.

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

  • Key elements of effective accident investigation will be covered both in theory and by using an industry based 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.


Day 2

Management of Manual Handling 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. Current approved Risk Assessment templates for Manual Handling will be examined.

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 reviewed

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 must 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 to 2020 General Applications Regulations refer.)


Day 3

Introduction to Occupational First Aid Response

  • An overview of legislation and current codes of practice in relation the provision of qualified First Aid Responders and relevant First Aid facilities.

Basic First Aid Response

  • 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 effective Occupational Health strategy as part of a safety management system. Guidance and information will be provided in relation to adverse exposure to chemicals, noise, radiation, vibration and other potentially harmful agents.


Day 4

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.


Day 5

Fire Prevention and Emergency Evacuation Procedures

  • An overview of 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. A fire related case study will also be reviewed to highlight a number of factors that can contribute to fire and strategies that need to be in place in the event of a fire emergency.

Control of Contractors

  • A sample procedure for Contractor Control will be examined and discussed. Relevant changes to the procedure will be examined in the light of specific site requirements.

Safety Leadership

  • A review of safety leadership principles will be undertaken as will a review of how safety culture can be changed incrementally where safety leadership is promoted and enabled within an organisation.


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 assessment criteria.

Anderlift tutor will be available to supervise assessment and to assist participants in planning their project submissions, at course conclusion, as appropriate.

Participants will be assessed by means of the following methods:

Written Examination – 40%

Post Course Assignment (Project) – 60%


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.

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