This course is aimed at anyone who is responsible for health and safety in the workplace or who may require a recognised qualification in Occupational Health and Safety

QQI Minor Award Level 5 – Further Education & Training

The course is relevant for any person who is responsible for health and safety in the workplace or who requires a recognised qualification in Occupational Health and Safety.


It is designed to provide learners with the skills and knowledge to promote and maintain safety and health in the workplace. It also covers the role and key responsibilities of the Safety Representative.

Course Duration

  • Five days – Classroom sessions
  • ADDITIONAL STUDY REQUIREMENTS OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM:·                 Self-directed learning·                  Study/prepare for the theory exam·                  Research, prepare and write the assignments.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements however learners should preferably have a good working knowledge of English, have a leaving certificate or equivalent qualification and / or relevant life and work experiences.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course participants will:

·       Be familiar with core legislation as it relates to safety, health and welfare

·       Understand the importance of hazard identification and be able to carry out

a risk assessment

·       Understand the role and responsibilities of employers and employees in relation

to health and safety issues in the workplace.

·       Promote safe working practices and procedures.

Course Content

Key safety, health and welfare legislation.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA)

Factors that contribute to a healthy and safe working environment

Content, purpose and functions of a safety statement

Hazard identification, risk assessment and putting control measures in place

Principles and procedures for good housekeeping

Health and safety management

o   Fire and fire safety

o   Working with equipment (mechanical and electrical)

o   Personal protective and respiratory equipment (PPE)

o   Use and disposal of hazardous materials and waste (SDS)

o   The working environment and related risks and controls

o   Safety signage

o   First aid kits and their appropriate use

Investigate, record and report accidents and dangerous occurrences in the workplace.

Manual handling and ergonomics.

The role and responsibilities of a safety representative

Safety committees

    • General health and wellness promotion in the workplace




All assessments are carried out in accordance with QQI regulations:

      Assignments (2)                    60% (submitted after the classroom sessions)
      Examination (theory based)    40% (Day 5 of the course)


QQI Certificate of Achievement will be issued following the validation of results by QQI and the appropriate credit under the National Framework of Qualifications will then be awarded to the learner.

The role and responsibilities of a Safety Representative and Safety Committees has been included as additional content on the course. As the course now equates to the standard Safety Representative Course participants also receive a Safety Representative Course Certificate, from Western Management Centre, on successful completion of the course.