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General Aims

This module aims to enable the learner to:

  • Appreciate the importance of a good safety culture in the workplace.
  • Understand the role and function of management in providing a safe place to work.
  • Understand the nature of risk management in the workplace.
  • Develop a wide range of skills required to implement a safe place of work.

The specific learning outcomes are grouped into 4 units:

  1. Unit 1 Accident Causation
  2. Unit 2 Safety / Work Culture
  3. Unit 3 Risk Management
  4. Unit 4 Training and Education

After completing the programme the learner will be able to:

Accident Causation

  • Analyse accidents to determine causes;
  • Specify the legal requirements associated with 'duty of care' in the workplace;
  • Describe measures to minimise the risk of legal challenge through tort of negligence.
  • Identify the General Duties of the employee at their place of work as per the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005
  • Describe the role of the manufacturers and designers in relation to produce used at work, as outlined in the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005;
  • Evaluate the role of a supervisor in relation to providing a safe place of work;
  • Design a system for recording and reporting incidents and accidents in the work place.
  • Design a procedure for identifying the various factors that contribute to the causes of accidents and incidents.

Safety / Work Culture

  • Describe the term ‘safety culture’.
  • Explain the legal issues surrounding ‘safety /work culture’.
  • Quantify they general aims of a safe work culture as currently written.
  • Describe the term ‘behavioural modification’.
  • Describe the means by which behaviour can be reinforced.
  • Analyse the relationship between a good safety culture and job satisfaction.
  • Explain the relationship between culture and work practice.
  • Evaluate the benefits of a good safety culture to the strategic management of a company.
  • Design a procedure for recording a weekly ‘behavioural’ safety audit.
  • Design a system for providing feedback on behaviour performance.
  • Organise a review of the findings of a ‘behavioural’ observation study/safety audit with staff inviting them to suggest improvements.
  • Define ‘Terms of Reference’ for worksite ergonomics.
  • Specify who within a specific workplace type ‘Duty of Care’ in relation to ‘Safety /Work culture’ resides with.

Risk Management

  • Explain the terms ‘hazard’, ‘risk’, ‘risk management’
  • Evaluate the contribution that risk management can make to the overall effective management of the workplace.
  • Design a hazard analysis sheet for an area of work.
  • Evaluate the use of risk controls:
  • Explain the conditions under which health surveillance should be carried out at work, as outlined in 2005 and General Application Regulation 2007
  • Design a system of reporting to ensure that relevant health surveillance is carried out routinely.
  • Describe the purpose of a safety statement.
  • Describe the role of the supervisor in relation to the effective implementation of the safety statement.
  • Evaluate the contribution that employees can make in compiling a site-specific safety statement.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of treating/controlling- identified risks.

Training and Education

  • Describe the role of the employer in relation to the provision of information, training and consultation as per the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.
  • Explain the advantages of training and education in providing a safe place of work.
  • Carry out a training needs analysis on front line staff in relation to safety training completed and safety training required.
  • List some of the methods of training available.
  • Describe the role of the employer and employee from a selected normal operating procedure in relation to providing and using personal protective equipment at work;
  • Design and deliver a short training programme on the use of personal protective equipment;
  • Evaluate the benefits of effective use of personal protective equipment.
  • Present a short training programme on coding and the use of signs at work as per Safety Health and Welfare at Work, (General Application) Regulations, 2007.
  • Analyse the content of an induction-training programme for new staff in relation to safety awareness at work