UCC CPD courses

Principles, Theory and Practical Application of Risk Assessment and Management Programmes in the Workplace EH6017


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  • Title

    Principles, Theory and Practical Application of Risk Assessment and Management Programmes in the Workplace EH6017

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Teaching Mode


  • Fees

    €650.00 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Not currently running.

  • Venue

    To be confirmed.

  • Credits



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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms and techniques of risk assessment and management used in modern occupational health and safety practice
  • Perform a risk assessment in relation to various occupational health and safety hazards
  • Distinguish the various disciplines involved in occupational health and safety risk management
  • Appreciate Health and Safety monitoring and review systems associated with international and national standards
  • Develop performance targets and action plans
  • Appreciate the concept of continual improvement in health and safety performance and the techniques for bench marking
  • Outline the principles of incident reporting, recording and investigation for actual and potential losses and critical personal reflection
  • Apply ethical condiserations to occupational health and safety practice
  • Critically contribute to group discussions and presentations on occupational health and safety risk management.

Module Objective: Ensure understanding of core principles of programme planning and practical implementation of programmes for managing and assessing risk factors.

Module Content: 

Case studies and models of good practice in managing risk factors at work 
Role and practice of systematic health and safety management
Concepts of risk and risk management; how risk assessment of Occupational Health and Safety fits into the broader management concepts used in organisations; social, political and cultural influences, intolerable and acceptable risks; Risk assessment techniques and the practical application of risk assessment and control across a range of environments; the principles and applicability of the tools and techniques which are available to measure risk; Hierarchy of controls; risk control strategies including work and task redesign and organisational changes; Methods to identify the elements of a physical or organisational system that may give rise to unsafe or unhealthy conditions. Computer based software applications that are in use within workplaces; implementation systems, procedures and performance standards; loss control and cost of accidents to health, to an organisation and society; causation theories relevant to health and safety; active and reactive monitoring tools/analysis; techniques for monitoring data; interpretation of data and effective use of findings.


Assessment: Reflective Written Case Study (3,000 words) from the literature or practice.

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.


These modules are available for external individuals to attend as independent modules, having as target groups essentially: Health and Safety Professionals in Industry and Healthcare, Occupational Health Nurses, Self-employed Occupational Health and Safety Consultants, Human Resources Managers among others. These modules are also available to Healthcare Professionals - doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, allied healthcare professionals among others. 

Entry requirements (for MSc Occupational Health and MSc Occupational Health (Online) modules):

Candidates for the following CPD modules 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;


3. 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.

Fees and Costs

€650.  There is also a €35 application fee. 

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