UCC CPD courses

EH6015 Occupational Health and Safety Management in the Workplace


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Module Objective: Ensure understanding of core principles and practical implementation of modern occupational health and safety management.

Module Content: Core knowledge base in principles of modern occupational health and safety practice incorporating occupational medicine, occupational hygiene and toxicology; case and backround for managing health and safety; Integrated approach to health and safety management; Multidisciplinary team working; Health and safety management systems; Continuous quality improvement initiatives and accreditation; Policies, effective organisation, systematic planning, performance measurement, audit and review processes, Principles of ergonomics; Building and working environment factors that influence health and safety; Work related exposures and ill health; Principles of health hazard evaluation, monitoring and control; Hazard identification and evaluation across a range of environments; Relationship between occupational, environmental and public health; Work related health promotion; Rehabilitation and workplace adjustments.

Learning Outcomes: 

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Describe the scope and relevance of the types of occupational ill health in the workplace and an understanding of the different types of occupational ill health.
  • Understand the mechanisms of prevention and management of Occupational Health and Safety issues in the workplace and relate these to the design of occupational health and safety programmes.
  • Distinguish the various disciplines and agencies providing occupational health care and show an understanding of occupational health issues in the modern work environment from a multidisciplinary perspective.
  • Describe the principles of ill health prevention, health promotion and rehabilitation in the workplace and explain how these interact.
  • Describe health surveillance in the workplace and explain when it is appropriate to implement health surveillance programs.
  • Perform a needs assessment relating to occupational health service provision.
  • Demonstrate critical appraisal skills including analysis of current literature and development of research based activities in Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Practice self directed learning, reflective practice and critical thinking about Occupational Health and Safety issues.
  • Critically contribute to group discussions on occupational health and safety issues of national, organisational or individual importance.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 24 x 1hr(s) Tutorials (Problem based learining,workplace visits and self-directed learning).



Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 1.5hr in-class test 100 marks; Case Study 100 marks).


Candidates must normally meet one of the following criteria:

1. A Level 8 honours primary degree (minimum second class honours, grade 2) in a relevant area, for example health-related (Public Health, Nursing, Medicine, Environmental Health, Psychology/Behavioural Science, Physiotherapy); Engineering and Human Resource Management and relevant professional experience¹ or work placement in an associated Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare area.


2. A minimum of a Diploma/Higher Diploma in Occupational Safety, Health and Welfare (minimum Second Class Honours, Grade 1), from UCC, or an equivalent qualification² from another Institution (Level 8 Diploma, minimum Second Class Honours, Grade 1) and a minimum of two years relevant professional work experience¹ in an area associated with Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare;OR3. Applicants with a minimum of three years professional work experience in an associated area¹ of Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare will be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme.¹ Relevant professional work experience, job title examples:  Health and Safety Officers/Advisors/Managers/Coordinators; Environmental Safety Officers/Managers; Safety Engineers, Health Promotion Officers; HR Officers/Managers; Occupational Health Nurses, Health Scientists, Professional Trainers, Health and Safety Consultants.

² Level 8, Examples: Diploma/Higher Diploma/International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety; Diploma in Environment Management, Diploma in Health Promotion, Diploma in Learning, Development and Work-based Training.

Students may take a maximum of 20 credits in total.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €650. There is also a €35 application fee. 

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