Course Information & Pre-requisites

Courses will be held subject to viability/value for money.

Participants on practical courses must adhere to requirements as outlined re suitable clothing notification of injuries, ill health, pregnancy

Attendees must successfully complete an entire course in order to be deemed as having completed same.

Any attendee who has a medical condition or injury/illness, which would prohibit him/her from taking part in the practical exercises of practical based courses, should make this fact known to Health and Safety Office a minimum of 4 working days before the Course commences.

In all cases, an employee with a precluding injury/illness or medical condition must submit a a supporting letter from their doctor or physiotherapist and make this known to their line manager and the Health & Safety Office. In such circumstances participation in the course will be necessarily deferred, until a time in the future when the employee may potentially be sufficiently fit and well i.e. a position to fully complete all prerequisite practical elements.

Where the employee advises as above, they must also advise their line manager and work with him/her to review their department's work place risk assessments accordingly, and avoid work activities with such risks (for which they are unable to undergo the essential training), until such time as the pre-requisite training is complete in the future.

All members of staff who have commenced employment in UCC within the past 2 years should avail of this opportunity to attend a Manual Handling Course and complete the E-learning Workstation Ergonomics VDSE/UCC Bespoke Fire Safety Course online.

For enquiries, course details and forms please contact the office at healthandsafety@ucc.ie or 2817. Completed Forms must be returned to the H&S Office on/before the due date specified on each form.  Please note that return of a form does not automatically secure a place on a Course.

Note: Nominal costs are chargeable to Colleges/Schools/Departments/Centers etc for staff core H&S training in some instances (eg. locally delivered or customised courses, late cancellations, no-shows at training).

PREGNANT EMPLOYEES

In the case of pregnancy intending attendees for any practical/exercise based H&S Courses i.e. Occupational First Aid, Manual Handling, Fire Extinguisher must have notified the Department of Human Resources and Health & Safety Office of their pregnancy. In such cases, the Employer’s doctor and the University Occupational Physician will advise in relation to the attendee’s participation in the Course.

Note: Under SHWW Pregnant Employees Regulations, a Pregnancy Job Risk Assessment form must be conducted at departmental level in relation to the impact of work on the person/unborn child.

MANUAL HANDLING COURSES

Staff involved in lifting should repeat the basic Manual Handling Course every 3 years.

Participants must be medically fit and free from any condition which would restrict their ability to undertake practice work which is an essential part of the training. If a participant is considered unsuitable in the opinion of the instructor with due consultation & discretion the participant may be asked to cease attendance at the Course.

Please note it is a requirement to wear loose/comfortable clothing for the practical part of the course i.e. track suit, loose trousers, and flat “closed” shoes. (Jeans and long dresses should be avoided).

As of November 2021, the Manual Handling training is delivered in a blended formant. Participants must successfully complete both elements, which include an online manual handling theory course and a face-to-face practical skills demonstration and assessment. The online theory course must be completed prior to the practical course. This is assigned when a participant applies for and is assigned a place on a practical Manual Handling course (date as and when advertised).

Note: the Health & Safety Office Manual Handling course has finite capacity and is orientated for normal  risks/tasks. Schools/Departments with complex or specific manual handling risks will need to arrange a customised course via one of the procured manual handling training providers (direct pay and arrange basis).

Attendees will be required to confirm via email if they are experiencing any Covid-19 related symptoms in advance of the course.

FIRST AID RESPONSE / FIRST AID RESPONSE REFRESHER COURSES:

On successful completion of the First Aid Response Refresher Course, candidates will be qualified First Aiders & AED users. They will be required to act as First Aider in the Workplace for their College/School/Department/Centre for a minimum of 2 years.

First Aid Response Certificates are valid for 2 years only. In order to keep their Certificate valid, First Aiders who hold a First Aid Response Certificate are obliged to successfully complete a 2-day FAR Refresher Course before their Certificate Expiry date. It is strongly recommended that all First Aiders complete a 2-Day FAR Refresher Course on an annual basis to keep “up to date” with First Aid practice and procedures but also to ensure their Certificates are continuously valid.

Participants selected for First Aid Response training must be persons who are reliable and likely to remain calm in an emergency. In addition, they should have the aptitude and ability to cope with a course of intense study and be able to use the knowledge and skills learnt during the course. Participants must be medically fit and free from any condition which would restrict their ability to undertake practice work at ground level which is an essential part of the training. If a participant is considered unsuitable in the opinion of the course coordinator, with due consultation & discretion the participant may be asked to cease attendance at the Course.

Participants will need to complete daily declarations that they are free of Covid-19 symptoms at the beginning of each day of the course. Participants should contact the Health & Safety Office in advance on any day of the course if they being to experience any Covid-19 related symptoms.

Health & Safety Office

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5 Carrigside, College Road, Cork

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