QQI Safety & Health at Work

Safety and Health at Work course

Protect individuals from harm, create a safe working environment, and promote a culture of safety within your organisation with our QQI Level 5 Safety and Health at Work course.

Our QQI Safety and Health at Work course is a great starting point for anybody looking to become involved in health and safety or for those of you who have experience, this course will give you a formal qualification in health and safety as it is on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) at level 5.

Delivered online through ZOOM, our 4-day QQI Safety and Health at Work course will equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to promote and maintain health and safety in your work environment. It will also give you an indication if health and safety is for you and if it is something you want to progress further with in your career.


Upcoming Courses

  • ZOOM
    July 15th, 16th, 24th & 25th
    • €750.00 excl.
  • ZOOM
    October 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th
    • €750.00 excl.

Why complete a QQI Level 5 Safety and Health at Work course?

  1. Legal Compliance: The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 requires organisations to provide a safe and healthy work environment for their employees, contractors and visitors. Completing a health and safety course helps individuals and organisations understand and meet these legal requirements, ensuring compliance and minimising the risk of penalties or legal issues.
  2. Risk Reduction: Health and safety training equips individuals with the knowledge and skills to identify potential hazards and risks in the workplace. By understanding the principles of risk assessment and control measures, participants can take proactive steps to mitigate risks, prevent accidents, and create a safer working environment for themselves and their colleagues.
  3. Employee Well-being: Prioritising health and safety in the workplace demonstrates care for employees’ well-being. By investing in health and safety training, organisations show their commitment to providing a safe and healthy work environment, which can boost employee morale, productivity, and satisfaction.
  4. Accident Prevention: The course educates individuals on best practices, procedures, and protocols to prevent accidents and injuries. Participants learn about proper handling of equipment, safe work practices, emergency response procedures, and more. This knowledge helps reduce the likelihood of accidents and promotes a culture of safety within the organisation.
  5. Cost Savings: Workplace accidents and injuries can result in significant financial costs for organisations. These costs may include medical expenses, compensation claims, legal fees, equipment damage, production delays, and increased insurance premiums. By investing in health and safety training, organisations can reduce the risk of accidents and associated costs, ultimately saving money in the long run.
  6. Reputation and Compliance: Demonstrating a commitment to health and safety not only benefits employees but also enhances an organisation’s reputation. Clients, customers, and stakeholders are more likely to trust and engage with companies that prioritise the well-being of their workforce. In industries where health and safety compliance is a requirement, having trained employees helps organisations meet client expectations and contractual obligations.
  7. Personal Development: Completing a Safety and Health at Work course provides individuals with valuable knowledge and skills that can enhance their professional profile. Health and safety certifications are recognised qualifications that can improve employability and career prospects, particularly in industries where safety is a top priority.

Some recent course feedback:

  • “Enjoyed the course, lots of information to learn and also would hope to put into practice, and get more staff involved in upskilling.”
  • “Information that was covered was very comprehensive and the instructor delivered  in a very interesting way whereby the course did not seem to drag as some can do. I really enjoyed this course and hope it will benefit me in the future.”
  • “The instructor was very engaging and had such a wide range of knowledge and experience. This was a very enjoyable and informative course.”
  • “Excellent course and very convenient to do online, the trainer was easy to listen to.”

Course Eligibility:

There are no specific requirements for this course however you must be competent in the written and spoken language which the course is being delivered in. This is English unless otherwise indicated.

Course Assessment:

  • Examination (Theory Based) 40%
  • Assignment 60% (to be completed in learners’ own time)


Safety and Health at Work Certificate 5N1794 – Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

This component has a credit value of 15. Successful completion of this course enables the learner to transfer to programmes leading to other certificates where this component is a mandatory or an elective requirement.

Safety and Health at Work Certificate Grading:

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

Learning Outcomes:

On course completion learners will be able to:

  1. Analyse the duties of employers and employees as specified in current Safety, Health and Welfare at work legislation
  2. Examine the role of the Health and Safety Authority
  3. Explore the role of communication and training in the promotion and provision of health and safety in the workplace
  4. Comment on the elements and functions of the safety statement
  5. Summarise the factors which contribute to safe and healthy working environments
  6. Outline the principles and procedures of good housekeeping in the workplace
  7. Explain the causes, prevention, emergency procedures, reporting and recording of accidents and dangerous occurrences
  8. Analyse the causes and prevention of fire related events to include identification of emergency procedures, the fire triangle and fire equipment
  9. Comment on specific hazards and risks when working with equipment to include mechanical and electrical equipment
  10. Investigate how personal protective equipment (PPE) is used in the workplace
  11. Explore appropriate procedures for use and disposal of hazardous materials and waste in the workplace to include reference to material safety data sheets (MSDS)
  12. Examine the control and associated risks of a range of health and safety issues to include noise, sound, fumes, dust or any vocationally specific work issue
  13. Explain the typical contents of a first aid kit and their appropriate use
  14. Examine a range of issues related to infection control to include conditions for the growth and development of micro-organisms, routes of infection, symptoms, ill-health, preventative measures and emergency procedures for suspected contamination
  15. Investigate risk factors in relation to safety to include hazards, work environments, work practices, effects of medication, drink and drugs
  16. Interpret a range of safety signs in the workplace
  17. Promote safe and healthy working practices in relation to oneself, others and the workplace
  18. Outline risk factors in relation to Safety and Health at Work to include stress, lifestyle, diet, illness
  19. Outline the role of diet and exercise in the promotion of good health

Online Training Requirements:

  • You must have access to a laptop/computer with a webcam to complete this training
  • You must be available to complete the whole course as 100% attendance is required
  • You will receive a link by email to access the training and the platform controls will be discussed at the beginning of the session

All participants’ names, gender, DOB and PPS numbers must be supplied to The Cpl Institute as part of QQI certification requirements.

Please let us know if participants have any specific learner requirements.

Related course – QQI Safety Representation

A Safety Representative is elected by the staff and acts as a go-between with Staff and Management.  They do not hold any responsibility regarding Health and Safety in the Workplace however, they would be excepted to guide the HSA on a site visit to the workplace.

What are the National Framework of Qualifications?

The National Framework of Qualifications describes what learners need to know, understand and be able to do, to achieve a qualification. It lists the main qualifications awarded at each level and pathways from one NFQ level to the next.

It allows you to compare qualifications to help with your choice of programme or course, knowing that it will be recognised at home and abroad.

All qualifications included on the NFQ are listed in the Irish Register of Qualifications. If your qualification was obtained outside Ireland, NARIC Ireland, the National Academic Recognition Information Centre will help you find out how your qualification is understood in Ireland.

Add to your personal skill set and add more value to your organisation by completing a QQI Level 5 Safety and Health at Work course with The Cpl Institute.