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  QQI 5N1451 Health and Safety Representation (5-day programme)

For Safety Representatives, Safety Committee members and learners who wish to engage in safety consultation within the workplace

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"A really brilliant course, easy to follow, Tutors excellent. Would highly recommend this course and Tutors". Helen Murphy 23/10/17

"Very relevant course, Well delivered. It will definitely help me become a more confident Safety Representative" - Muriel Voisin , NUIG. May 2017

Great course . Very informative - John Hannon 24th June 2016

Very good course. Krasimir Ivanov 24th June 2016

Excellent course content and delivery - D Doyle 22/4/16

Very educational, great advice - Pat Greene 22/4/16

I was extremely happy with the course. It gave me the knowledge necessary to fulfill my role as Safety Rep and Mary was great at explaining and imparting knowledge - Gillian 22/4/16

Found the course excellent. Mary and Ann were wonderful. Really learnt a lot. - Padraic Nee 22/4/16

The course was effectively communicated. Class numbers were appropriate. The class teaching was at a level that suited me. Ann Marie 22/4/16


The aim of the course is to equip the participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to operate effectively as safety representatives and safety committee members.

Learner Profile

Learners must have at least 2 years work experience where they will have had exposure to and some experience of health and safety related activities. Learners must have access to the internet and an email account. A working knowledge of word processing software will be of benefit.

Course details:

Learners who successfully complete this course will be able to:
  • Describe the legislative structure and enforcing agencies for health and safety at work;
  • Explore differences between civil law and criminal law in relation to h&s legislation;
  • Describe the main duties of employers and employees under current h&s legislation;
  • Investigate key sources for health and safety information and advice;
  • Describe the risks and the control measures for common workplace hazards;
  • Outline the risk factors in relation to health to include stress, bullying and harassment;
  • Explain the importance of h&s promotion and implementation in the workplace;
  • Explain the term PPE 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 h&s policies in a specific workplace including the safe handling of materials;
  • Examine the role and rights of the safety representative including their selection /appointment;
  • Interpret the h&s management structure in a workplace with clearly identified responsibilities;
  • Analyse the various fire hazards in the workplace and methods of fire control;
  • Carry out detailed hazard identification in the workplace;
  • 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, purpose and main elements of safety statements;
  • Explain the employer's responsibility to his/her employees regarding the safety statement;
  • Explore the main components of good safety culture and the importance its promotion.

How you will learn

Each module adopts a practical approach to learning with detailed presentations, individual exercises, group work, interactive discussions and workplace assignments. To optimise the benefits to the learners, programme numbers will be restricted to 10 learners. This will allow each module to be customised, as far as possible, to the individual training needs of each learner.


Three assessments will be completed.
  1. A written examination of duration 90 minutes will be completed on the afternoon of the fourth day. (30%)
  2. During the programme learners must demonstrate their ability to:
    • employ effective methods of communicating and promoting safety in the workplace
    • participate in group discussion and decision making at a safety meeting.(20%)
  3. A workplace safety audit project will be completed and submitted within 3 weeks of completing the programme (50%).


Successful learners will be awarded the Level 5 5N1451 QQI Component Award
For further information on any aspect of this programme, please contact:
Mary Murphy 091-563207

Upcoming Course Dates:

QQI Level 5 H&S Representation ( 5-day)

Contact OHSS for next course dates
In-house training programmes can also be arranged.
Contact: MARY MURPHY 091-563207 or info@ohssireland.com

Fill in an application form for this course QQI 5N1451 Health and Safety Rep (5-day programme)
PLEASE NOTE: All training dates are subject to OHSS having sufficient numbers of participants
"All training programmes will proceed contingent on a minimum of 4 bookings"

For details on all upcoming courses Email OHSS or Tel: Mary Murphy at 091-563207


Mary Murphy MMedScOccHealth BSc CMIOSH LFOH


"Excellent course on Safety Reps. Good balance across broad range of subject matter. Sufficiently in depth., provides good understanding of safety rep role and how to get the most from it. "
Avicen Fahey HR Administrator, Fintrax Group Holdings Ltd

"The trainer, Mary Murphy demonstrated complete knowledge of the subject matter and answered all questions fully. Quite refreshing."
Eoghan Kenny, Quality Manager. KPW