About This Course
Safety, Health and Welfare at Work
Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
NFQ Award Title
€3,500 year 1, €3,500 year 2 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Minimum of two years relevant work experience in a related field such as: health, engineering, HR, training, manufacturing and construction See Requirements for full details.
30th August 2019
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
Written examinations at the end of each module, and continuous assessment including both individual and group projects.
Why Choose This Course
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.
You can also download and post in your application ACE Application Form 2019
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 and measures of control. Maintaining strategies, understanding and familiarisation with basic monitoring equipment. Basic occupational hygiene; the measurment of noise and vibration; the effects of ionising radiation/non-ionising radiation; control of air-borne contaminants; thermal environment; lighting.
- AD5811: Emergency Planning (5 credits)
The Emergency Plan module has been designed to provide the knowledge and skills to enable those new and existing emergency planners to operate effectively within their emergency planning role. The module covers Fire: prevention, fighting and escape, Electrical safety; Reducing the risk of injury and minimizing the consequences of dangerous occurrences in the workplace. First aid and medical facilities. Toxic waste disposal, transportation of hazardous goods. The knowledge and skills to design, develop, review and implement a range of generic, site specific and subject related emergency plans. This will include how to design, plan and manage a range of suitable exercises to test emergency plans.
- AD5812: Research Project (5 credits)
Researching and producing a Safety Statement. The project must apply the learning on the course to draw up a safety programme based on an identfication of the hazards of the operation, an assessment of the risks and the design of a control strategy for the risks based on legal requirements, codes of practice and best practice.
- BC5801: Chemical Safety and Toxicology (10 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.