UCC CPD courses

Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Law


Fact File

  • Title

    Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Law

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    8 Weeks ; Sem II

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Fees

    EU Fee É900.00 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See full entry requirements below. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    30th October 2022

  • Course Delivery Method


  • Venue

    On-line Programme: School of Public Health, 4th Floor, Western Gateway Building, Western Road, Cork. 

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    Semester II


Module Objective: To introduce students to legal reasoning and to the sources of law; to give students an understanding of the statutory framework governing health and safety at work in Ireland and of the European context to the development of the law in this area; to introduce students to aspects of employment law and the law of torts that relate to occupational health and safety; to give students an understanding of the principles of environmental law as it relates to occupational health, safety and welfare.

Module Content: Introduction to law and the sources of law. The development of health and safety law and the influence of Europe. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and regulations made thereunder. The preparation of safety statements and the role of the Health and Safety Authority. Relevant aspects of the law of torts and employment law. International and comparative aspects of the law relating to occupational health, safety and welfare. Environmental law as it relates to occupational health, safety and welfare at work.

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major legal principles relevant to occupational health and safety and an ability to integrate these into broader legal frameworks.
  • Apply these principles in practical workplace settings
  • Review human resources and health and safety policy documentation in light of these principles
  • Demonstrate an understanding of relevant aspects of employment law, the law of torts and environmental law as they apply to occupational health, safety and welfare.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

You may take up to 15 CPD credits in one academic year, up to a maximum of 20 credits in total.

This module is 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. This module is also available to Healthcare Professionals - doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, allied healthcare professionals among others.

A student, if admitted to the course, who successfully completes and passes a module under CPD will be eligible for exemptions if he/she is admitted to the MSc in Occupational Health or the MSc in Occupational Health (Online) within five years from the date of successful completion of the module (and subject to the module being offered on the MSc in Occupational Health or the MSc in Occupational Health (On-line)).


8 Weeks duration.  Will run from  27th February 2023


Semester 2 (2023)


27th Feb – 26th Mar  


4 weeks

LW6109 Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Law

27th March – 2nd April

1 week

One week break

3rd April – 30th April

4 weeks

LW6109 Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Law


Teaching Method(s): 90 x 1hr(s) Other (directed online learning); 110 x 1hr(s) Directed Study (recommended reading, independent research and project work).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr. Darius Whelan, School of Law.


Candidates who satisfy the programme eligibility criteria may, subject to the approval of the Programme Director/Coordinator, be permitted to take the module as part of UCC's commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and be provided with a relevant transcript of marks.

Entry requirements (as per MSc Occupational Health and MSc Occupational Health (Online) modules):

Candidates for this CPD module 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.


Technical Entry Requirements (On-line): 

To access and interact with the course content, assignments and assessments etc. students will require access to at least a PC/ Laptop running Windows 7 or later and Mac OSX 10.7.4. Common plug-ins such as Microsoft Silverlight, Java and Flash will also be required. Students must have access to MS Office or an equivalent suite of applications such as Libre Office. They must also have access to a modern standards compliant web browser. UCC recommends either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. 
To engage productively and successfully with the content, basic technical computer skills such as familiarity with word processing, web browsing and email - recommended.

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is É900.00 for EU Students. Non EU fee É1,100.00

The application fee is É35.00

How Do I Apply

Applications for this module open 1st August 2022

  • To apply for this module please log on to the UCC APPLY page and create an account.  
  • Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo), copy of your degree parchment if not a previous UCC graduate.
  • An application fee of €35 will be payable on submission of your application via the same platform.

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