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Safety Representative Training

Course Overview

From the onset of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989, and with the introduction of the new 2005 Act, training has been recognised as the essential ingredient to maintain and improve safety, health and productivity of the workforce.  This course provides an opportunity for your organisation to train employees in areas of health and safety that are focused specifically on the requirements of those working in a multidiscipline environment.  


On completion of the course participants will be equipped with the skills necessary to recognise hazards in their workplace and the course will encourage active employee participation in the overall goal of the organisations commitment towards achieving a safer working environment.

Course Details

Course Summary

Certification:  Usafety

Duration:  3 Day Course

Pre-Requisites:  No previous knowledge is requried.  Good communication skills and leadership qualities would be useful

The legal obligation of consultaion with employees is best achieved through the appointment of Safety Representatives.  This three-day course is designed to cover the essential elements of health and safety and to help promote and create greater awareness and understanding of health and safety for Safety Representatives. This course meets the guidelines laid down by the Health and Safety Authority.  It provides participants with practical advice on the principal hazards in their work environment that should be controlled and on completion of the course, particpants should be equipped with the necessary skills to:

  • Identify hazards within the workplace

  • Assess the risks associated with them 

  • Implement and maintain measures that will ensure a SAFER workplace

Course contents:​

The Law - employeers and employees duties and responsibilities

Health and safety management systems

The role and function of a health and safety representative

The safety representative and the law

The safety statement

Hazard Identification:

  • Fire and electrical safety

  • Chemical safety

  • Manual handling

  • First Aid

  • Principles of good housekeeping

  • Health and hygiene hazards/biohazards

  • Machinery and equipment safety

  • Lighting, heating, ventilation and noise

  • Office ergnomoics and workplace design

  • Control of contractors

  • Lone working

  • Human factors

Risk assessment techniques

Implementing control measures

Safety inspections and audits

Maintaining safe systems of work

Accident reporting techniques

Accident investigation

The role of the health and safety authority

Finding information and document control

Upon Course Completion Candidates will:

  • Understand the current Health and Safety Legislation relevant to the multi-discipline environment and practical yet comprehensive methods of complying to this legislation

  • Fully understand their role as safety representative

  • Learn auditing techniques, which identify hazards in the workplace

  • Be able to carry out risk assessments in the workplace

  • Have and understanding of the different hazards in their workplace and how to control them

  • Learn the importance of communication between staff and mangement as a tool for improving health and safety

  • Know sources of information to further help them carry out their duties as safety representative

  • Appreciate the importance of creating a 'Safety Culture' within the organisation

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