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Safety, Health and Welfare at Work - HDip

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The course provides professional training in the management of safety, health and welfare at work. It is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and was developed in co-operation with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). Graduates of the course may apply for graduate membership of IOSH upon completion.

The course is offered by ACE at UCC in association with the departments of Applied Psychology, Biochemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Law, Applied Social Studies, Statistics, the College of Medicine and Health, and the Industrial Liaison Unit. It is delivered on a part-time modular basis in order to meet the needs of working professionals, who in the past have come from a variety of disciplines including HR, construction, medicine, production and engineering.

The Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work is designed to help you ensure the safety, health and welfare of the Irish workforce. Though the training is directed at Irish working conditions with the emphasis on chemical, pharmaceutical, agri-industry, electronics, health care and services, the course content is sufficiently broad to allow for new situations in different industries.
Effective worker protection and prevention of work-related ill health and accidents requires a widely based knowledge of toxicology, psychology, legislation, human body responses, ergonomics and engineering. Only with knowledge of all these related areas can effective solutions be recommended.
You will learn the prevention of ill health and accidents, as well as getting specific training in prevention and protection in the workplace. On completion of the course you will be competent in dealing effectively with the majority of health and safety problems in the workplace.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

2 evenings per week Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30-9.30pm September to May (6.00 - 10.00pm when there is a tutorial being delivered).

Course Practicalities


Written examinations at the end of each module, and continuous assessment including both individual and group projects.

Why Choose This Course

Health and safety professionals studying the IOSH accredited Higher Diploma will gain valuable [...] knowledge from this course.

Norita Robinson

IOSH Ireland Development Manager

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This course allows you the unique opportunity to blend academic learning with your own workplace experience. This approach is at the core of adult experiential learning. You will actively participate and question during the classes, and are encouraged to bring examples of your experience to illustrate aspects of the learning experience. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds from a range of different sectors.

This course enables significant career development and opportunities. Our graduates are now located in the middle-senior levels of safety management in a variety of sectors. In addition, many of our students have returned to contribute to the Health and Safety Programmes at UCC.


  • Applicants for entry to the Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work will be at least 23 by 1 January of the year of application
  • AND hold a Leaving Certificate/Level 5 qualification or equivalent
  • And have a Minimum of two years relevant work experience in a related field such as: health, engineering, HR, training, manufacturing and construction
  • English language requirement: all applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score

Fees and Costs

€3,500 year 1, €3,500 year 2

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see https://www.ucc.ie/en/finaidpt

How Do I Apply

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]

NOTE: Once you have selected your course your application saves automatically.  If you don't complete your application in one session you can access your draft application in the "My Applications" section of the UCC360 application portal. The My Applications section will also keep you updated on the status of your application.


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Year 1 Modules

  • AD5809: Human Factors in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (5 credits)
    Introduction to occupational psychology and the factors which influence perceptions, attitudes and behaviours.
    Behaviour based safety approach including the improvement and motivation of staff in relation to safe working practices, individually, in groups/teams and at an organisational level.
    Theoretical perspectives on human factors.
    Human and engineering factors in accidents.
    Human cognition and occurrence of errors
    Campaigning for health and safety.
    Development of the safety culuture.
  • AD5853: Risk Management (5 credits)
    Concepts of hazard and risk
    Risk perception, risk awareness, risk tolerability and risk acceptance
    Society and risk
    Organisations and risk
    Hazard and risk identification and inspection techniques
    Risk management process and strategies
    Risk assessment methodology
    Selection and application of appropriate risk assessment techniques
    Risk control techniques
    Principles of prevention.
  • AD5854: Technical Safety and Working Safely (5 credits)
    This module will cover the main elements of technical safety such as machinery safety, safe construction practice, safe workplace transport and safe maintenance/electrical procedures including the causes and consequences of failure. It will also examine how organisations can provide safe places to work including through the use of permit to work systems and adherence to codes of practice standards.
  • AD5857: Accident Prevention and Emergency Planning (5 credits)
    Key accident causation theories, models and patterns.
    Types of accidents including those related to fire (including fire prevention, management, fighting, and escape, as well as the perception and behaviour of people in a fire); explosions (ATEX); transportation of hazardous goods; and toxic waste disposal.
    How to carry out accident investigation, analysis and follow-up.
    Principles and goals of first aid.
    How to design, develop, review and implement a range of generic, site specific and subject related emergency plans.
    How to design, plan and manage a range of suitable exercises to test emergency plans.
  • EH5802: Occupational Health and Health Promotion (5 credits)
    A broad definition of occupational health is introduced covering the most common occupational diseases and their prevention. Health promotion in the workplace is explored. The organisation of occupational health services, first aid, medical ethics, disability and rehabilitation are other issues which are addressed.
  • LW5801: 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 2005. The Irish legal system; organisation of the court system; Common Law; Statute Law; European Union Law; Health and Safety Legislation.; Planning and encironmental laws; the incorporation of relevant health and safety law into organisations' health and safety policies and management systems.

Year 2 Modules

  • AD5810: Occupational Hygiene (5 credits)
    Identification and evaluation of hazards.
    Maintaining strategies, understanding and familiarisation with basic monitoring equipment.
    Basic occupational hygiene; the measurement of noise and vibration; the effects of ionising radiation/non-ionising radiationl control of air-borne contaminants; thermal environment; lighting.
    Controls for workplace health hazards including use of PPE.
    Workplace exposure standards.
    Regulatory and legal obligations.
    Environmental impact of workplace hazards.
    Industry case studies.
  • AD5856: Health and Safety Management (5 credits)
    · Health and safety structures and systems: Health and safety in organisation structures; safety management systems – European standards, ISO standards, etc.; Creation of a safety culture in organisations; Safety audits, their purpose, design, techniques and review systems and associated national and international standards
    · Management techniques (influencing, negotiation, communication, change management, business continuity planning, continuous improvement, etc.) to initiate, develop, promote, monitor and improve health and safety strategies, policies and organisational arrangements and overcome potential barriers
    · Financial elements of health and safety: Assessment of cost to industry and the economy as a result of damage or injury; Insurance in the context of occupational health and safety; training needs analysis for health and safety.
  • AD5858: Researching Safety, Health and Welfare in Key Public Service Workplaces (5 credits)
    Overview of Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Regulations that are of most relevance to the public sector.
    Hazard identification.
    Specific health and safety issues related to key public services.
    Risk assessment in public service workplaces.
    How to conduct research.
    How to produce a safety statement for the public service workplaces.
  • AD5859: Researching Safety, Health and Welfare in the Construction Sector (5 credits)
    Overview of Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations (2013).
    Project management under the guidelines of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations (2013).
    Designation of duties in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations (2013).
    Specific health and safety issues related to the construction sector.
    Risk assessment in construction.
    How to conduct research relating to the construction industry - the key sources of information including the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).
    How to produce Method Statements, Risk Assessments and Safety and Health Plans for the construction sector.
  • AD5860: Researching Safety, Health and Welfare in the Pharma and Manufacturing Sectors (5 credits)
    Specific health and safety issues related to the pharma and manufacturing sector.
    Risk assessment in pharma and manufacturing.
    How to conduct research.
    How to produce a safety statement for the pharma or manufacturing sector.
  • AD5861: Environmental Issues within Health and Safety Practice (5 credits)
    EHS management systems (ISO 14001, OHSAS 8001, cGMP), Statutory licensing and reporting, water waste-water treatment systems and operation, waste management facility design and operation, risk monitoring, auditing and inspection, compliance under environmental legislation.
  • BC5802: Chemical Safety and Toxicology (5 credits)
    The nature and properties of toxicants and hazardous chemicals 1 and 2; Basic chemistry; Routes of exposure and entry; Understand the importance of dose; Types of toxic response; Basic metabolism of compounds; Hazard Versus Risk; Risk assessment approach; Sources of information in toxicology; Carcinogens; Solvents; Assessment of toxicity; Bodily reactions; Chemical hazard assessment, control and prevention; Toxicity information; Reproductive toxicology; Hepatic toxicology; Nervous system toxicology; Thresholds and occupational exposure limits.
  • EH5801: Epidemiology and Data Collection (5 credits)
    Descriptive and inferential statistics: basic descriptive measures: means, medians and modes; standard deviation and percentiles: Histograms and bar charts the normal distribution; the estimation of normal ranges, major epidemiological (observational and experimental study) design types, criteria for establishing a causal relationship, the role of bias, confounding and chance in epidemiological studies. Identifying, locating and evaluating current sources of health and safety information. Validity and reliability of data. Data protection. Data management.

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Year 4 Modules

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