4-days (online through ZOOM or in-person)
The Role of a Safety Representative
The Safety Rep role includes the undertaking of tasks such as workplace inspections, accident investigations, investigation of complaints and consultation on workplace health and safety matters. Training is required for Safety Reps and employers are required to ensure that such training is comprehensive and allows Safety Reps to fulfil their role in the workplace. The course is accredited by QQI – Quality and Qualifications Ireland.
The Safety Rep role is not to be confused with Safety Officer. A Health and Safety Officer is appointed to perform the main health and safety duties in the workplace. He or she is responsible for ensuring that there is a safe working environment for employees and other relevant parties. It is usually a full-time role.
Health and Safety Representatives act as the liaison between senior management and employees, and may be responsible for, amongst other things assisting the Health and Safety Officer. Safety Representatives usually take on their responsibilities in addition to their regular full-time jobs.
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
Who should attend?
Appointed staff who have responsibility for fostering proactive communication between management and employees on health and safety issues should attend Safety Rep training.
Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, employers, and those who control workplaces to any extent, are required to:
- Identify the hazards and assess the risks in the workplaces they control
- Prepare a written safety statement setting out the arrangements in place for securing and managing the safety, health and welfare of their employees and other people, along with the co-operation required from employees to achieve this.
On course completion learners will be able to:
- Describe the main Irish health and safety legislation, the various codes of practice and the function and powers of the key state agency with responsibility for health and safety
- Explore 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 health and safety legislation
Investigate key sources for health and safety information and advice
- Describe the risks and the control measures for the following in the workplace: -noise-dust-vibration-fumes-other factors appropriate to a work environment
- Outline the risk factors in relation to health to include stress, bullying and harassment
- Explain the importance of health and safety promotion in the workplace and its implementation
- Explain the term PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and its use in a range of work environments
- Illustrate the techniques of accident prevention
- Investigate accident trends in the workplace to include factors contributing to accidents, the accident sequence, accident behaviour and the outcomes of accidents
- Explain the health and safety policies in a specific workplace including the safe handling of materials and products
- Examine the role and rights of the safety representative including their selection and appointment
- Interpret the health and safety management structure in a workplace with clearly identified responsibilities
- Analyse the various fire hazards in the workplace and methods of fire control
- Carry out hazard identification in the workplace including whom may be affected by these hazards
- Explain risk assessment methods
- Select appropriate hazard control measures to control risks in the workplace
- Complete a safety audit
- Employ effective methods of communicating safety in the workplace
- Participate in group discussion and decision making at safety meetings
- Outline the legal requirements relating to safety statements, describing the purpose and main elements of the safety statement
- Explain the employers responsibility to his employees regarding the safety statement
- Explore the main components of good safety culture and the importance of promoting a safety culture
You must be involved in safety within your workplace prior to commencing this course.
- Safety legislation
- Role of the Safety Rep
- Safety Management
- Emergency Preparedness
- Accident Investigation Techniques
- Safety Auditing
- Risk Assessment Principles
- How Incidents / Accidents Occur
- Fire Safety Management
- Manual Handling Risks
- PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- Toolbox Talks
- Occupational Health
- Accident / Incident Investigation
Safety Rep Training Methodology
The course is presented in units and includes problem based learning and practical exercises. There will be two assignments to complete and, on the last day of the course, a one and a half hour exam based on the course material presented.
- QQI Level 5 Certificate in Safety Representation.
- Please let us know if participants have any specific learner requirements.
Related Course – Safety & Health at Work Certificate
This course is for those who wish to become safety officers/manager within their organisation. They take ownership of the safety culture within the organisation and would be expected to be able to carry out risk assessments and complete safety statements and have a clear understanding of what the Safety & Health at Work Act 2005, General Applications 2007 and Codes of Practice would entail.