UCC Adult courses

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work - Cert

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Safety, Health and Welfare at Work

  • Code


  • College

    Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • NFQ Level

    Level 7

  • NFQ Award Title

    Special Purpose

  • Fees

    €2,500 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Leaving Certificate/FETAC Level 5 qualification. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    TBC 2023

  • Next Intake

    September 2023

  • Venue


  • Start Date

    September 2023

Course Outline

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As health and safety is a statutory imperative for all organisations, employers must continuously update their employees’ knowledge and skills in this field to ensure compliance. The Certificate in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work will equip students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to assist them in working safely while performing their duties in the workplace, regardless of the sector.

This programme has been designed primarily to provide students with the education and training required to be competent in the practice of health and safety in the workplace. It introduces students to key principles, best practises and practical ready-to-apply tools in order to help students build their own skill-set, while delivering immediate improvements to their organisation. Please see below a short introductory video about the course. 

The programme offers a broad introduction to key topics relating to the practice of health and safety in the workplace, including:

  • Key health and safety legislation and regulations;
  • Means of reducing the risk of injury and damage to people and property;
  • Introduction to toxicology;
  • Basic Occupational Hygiene;
  • The effects of health on work and work on health;
  • Planning for emergencies in the workplace;
  • Environmental factors impacting health and safety;
  • Motivating staff in relation to safe working practices;
  • Promoting and campaigning for health and safety in the workplace.

 Students will complete 30 credits as follows:

  • AD1075 Introduction to Human Factors in Health & Safety (5 credits)
  • AD1074 Introduction to Health and Safety Legislation (5 credits)
  • AD1079 Introduction to Environmental Issues within Health & Safety (5 credits)
  • AD1078 Introduction to Chemical Safety, Toxicology & Occupational Hygiene (5 credits)
  • AD1076 Introduction to Risk & Safety Management (5 credits)
  • AD1077 Introduction to Occupational Health (5 credits)

Course Practicalities

This programme is online for the full academic year. Virtual lectures/workshops will be scheduled Wednesday evenings (6.30-9.30pm) from mid-September to end May with weekly pre-records/activities for students to work through prior to the virtual class. Full day workshops will also be held on Saturdays throughout the year. The programme is wholly assessed via continuous assessment.


Why Choose This Course

The programme is jointly accredited by UCC and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) which is the largest health and safety membership organisation in the world and the only Chartered body for health and safety professionals. Students can apply for student membership from IOSH upon enrolment and technician membership upon successful completion of the programme. This qualification is then recognised in over 100 IOSH territories around the world.

Skills and Careers Information

Graduates of this programme will be competent in the practice of health and safety in the workplace and will be well placed to take up health and safety representative roles in their respective organisations. Successful graduates of this programme will also be eligible to apply to progress to the level 8 Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work should they wish to pursue a career as a Health and Safety Officer.


Applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application.
  • Hold a Leaving Certificate (or equivalent qualification)/QQI Level 5 qualification


  • Have a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience as deemed appropriate by the programme Academic Director.

English language requirement: if your first language is not English, you must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score.

Fees and Costs


A limited number of places on this course are available under the Springboard+ initiative which provides fee subsidies of 90-100% for eligible applicants. For more information on Springboard+ and to apply under this scheme, please go to https://springboardcourses.ie/details/10575

For further information on fees and financial supports please click here



How Do I Apply

Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:

  • You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
  • Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies.  However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
  • You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
  • We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
  • You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software.  All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Application Statement
  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]
  • Transcripts [if applicable]


Contact details for this course

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Download the Programme Brochure here

Year 1 Modules

  • AD1074: Health and Safety Legislation (5 credits)
    The evolution of health and safety legislation over the last 150 years with special reference to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 1989 and subsequent new legislation.
    The Irish legal system.
    Organisation of the Court system.
    Common Law.
    Statute Law.
    European Union Law.
    Health and Safety legislation and case law.
    The regulator role of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).
  • AD1075: Human Factors in Safey, Health and Welfare at Work (5 credits)
    The improvement and motivation of staff in relation to safe working practices, both individually and in groups/teams.
    Theoretical perspectives.
    Human and engineering factors in accidents.
    Ergonomics and risk factors for upper limb and back musculoskeletal disorders (MSDS)
    Human cognition and occurrence of errors.
    Designing for Safety.
    Campaigning for health and safety in industry.
  • AD1076: Introduction to Risk and Safety Management (5 credits)
    How to develop ways and means of reducing the risk of injury and damage to people and property in the context of: Hazard Identification, Assessment of Risk, Management and control of Risk, Safe Place of Work, Nature of Electricity AC/DC.
    How to manage safety in the workplace: identifying and communicating (reporting risks, incidents, suggestions, etc.) with those who have health and safety responsibility in the organisation; safety management systems and standards (organisational and international); Safety Organisation; Plan, do, check, act model.
    How to plan, effectively, for emergencies in the workplace including Fire Prevention; Fighting and Escape; Safety Organisation; Minimising Consequences; Fire and Explosion; Evacuation Procedures; First Aid; Toxic Waste Disposal; Environmental Control; Work at height and falls from height; Fire controls and emergency evacuataions.
    How to conduct research, identify appropriate sources of information and guidance, write reports and produce a method statement incorporating quality management requirements.
  • AD1077: Occupational Health (5 credits)
    What is occupational health?
    What disciplines are involved?
    Health promotion in the workplace.
    Integrated health safety and wellness strategies.
    Prevention of occupational ill health.
    Medical assessments and support systems.
    The effects of health on work and work on health.
    Assessing fitness for work.
    Equality, ethics and confidentiality.
  • AD1078: Introduction to Chemical Safety and Toxicology and Occupational Hygiene (5 credits)
    Introduction to toxicology and assessment of toxicity.
    Introduction to basic chemistry for chemical hazards.
    Introduction to basic biology for biological hazards.
    Carcinogens, chemical regulations, hazard information.
    Storage of Chemicals, Chemical Emergencies, Chemical Risk Assessment.
    Basic Occupational Hygiene, Noise produced by particular activities and equipment, Airborne Monitoring of dusts such as silica and wood metal fumes and vapours from paints and adhesives and respiratory protection, Workplace exposure standards.
    Maintaining strategies, understanding and familiarisation with basic monitoring equipment.
    PPE and equipment for the control of workplace health hazards.
  • AD1079: An Introduction to Environmental Issues within Health and Safety (5 credits)
    Introduction to EHS management systems.
    EPA Statutory licensing and reporting.
    Water resources and waste-water treatment.
    Waste facility design.
    Risk monitoring.
    Compliance under environmental legislation.

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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