QQI Safety and Health at Work

The course is relevant for any person who is responsible for health and safety in their 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 their place of work. Increasing employees’ participation in health and safety also has positive benefits for a company in terms of less workplace accidents, absenteeism, etc.




Learning Objectives

  • At the end of the course the learner will:
  • Achieve an awareness of the factors that influence health, safety and welfare in the workplace
  • Be familiar with core legislation in the area of safety, health and welfare
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of employers and employees in relations to health and safety issues
  • Understand the importance of hazard identification and be able to carry out a risk assessment
  • Promote safe working practices and procedures Course Content
  • Key safety, health and welfare legislation.
  • The Health and Safety Authority.
  • Factors that contribute to a healthy and safe working environment.
  • Principles and procedures for good housekeeping

Course Content

  • Purpose and functions of a Safety Statement
  • Risk assessment, hazard identification and putting control measures in place
  • Investigate, record and report accidents and dangerous occurrences in the workplace to include causes, prevention and emergency procedures.
  • Health and safety management:
    • Fire & Fire Safety
    • Working with equipment (mechanical and electrical)
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • Use and disposal of hazardous materials and waste and safety data sheets (SDS)
    • The working environment and related risks and controls
    • Infection control
    • Safety signage
    • First aid kits and their appropriate use
    • Chemical Safety • Manual handling and ergonomics.
  • The role and responsibilities of a Safety Representative and safety consultation
  • Safety committees
  • Occupational health
  • General health and wellness promotion in the workplace


All assessments are carried out in accordance with QQI regulations.

  • Two (2) Assignments 60%
  • Examination (Theory-Based) 40%


  • Self-directed learning
  • Prepare for examination
  • Research, prepare and write the assignments.

Accreditation /Awards:

A 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 be awarded to the candidate.

Safety Representative: The Role of a Safety Representative and Safety Committees has been included as additional content in the course. As the course content now equates to the standard Safety Representative Programme each participant also receives a Safety Representative Course Certificate from Western Management Centre on successful completion of the course.




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.