Residential Care Safety Representative Course

The Safety Representatives Health Care Training Course will provide those selected or appointed as safety representative(s) across various types of employment with the knowledge to carry out their role.

The role of the safety representative is very specific. Section 25 of the 2005 Act entitles employees from time to time to select and appoint from amongst their number at their place of work, a representative(s) to represent them at the place of work in consultation with their employer on matters related to safety, health and welfare at the place of work.

The course will consider the many sectors within healthcare so that Safety Representatives can best represent staff in such areas. In Acute Hospital Care there are operating theatres, laboratories, catering, and housekeeping. Safety Representatives appointed to each of these sectors should be familiar with the work of these areas and of the health and safety issues related to each. Similarly, in community-based services, a wide range of services exists from home care for older persons to community mental health to child and family services. The Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work Act 2005 is the principal legislation which deals with safety, health and welfare in the workplace in Ireland. In addition, however, the Health Act 2007 which established HIQA led to the Health Act 2007 (Care and Welfare of residents in Designated Centers for older people) Regulations 2009 and the Health Act 2007 (Care and Support of residents in Designated Centers for persons (children and adults) with Disabilities Regulations 2013, both of which place significant health and safety responsibilities on the registered provider and the person in charge of residential centers. Subsequent standards for both sectors, (older people and disabilities), published by HIQA, also contain several health and safety provisions.

Course Aims;
  • To provide those selected and appointed as Safety Representatives with a required knowledge of what is contained in legislation and regulation, to fulfill the role assigned to them.
  • The learner will have a better understanding of the employer’s duties in relation to consultation, participation of employees and the role of the safety committee.
Course Objectives;
    The Safety Representatives will;

  • Understand the relevant legislation and its components and the specific provisions relating to the role of the Safety Representative.
  • Know the duties of the employer and the employee.
  • Identify hazards and assess the risks associated with common workplace hazards.
  • Know the importance of routine workplace inspections.
  • Investigate accidents and recommend preventative actions.
  • Understand the function and role of the Health and Safety Authority.
  • Source information relevant to the Safety Representative.
  • Understand the Safety Statement and its importance to health and safety within the workplace.
Pre-Course Requirements;
  • English is the language in which training is delivered and learners must have fluency in English.
  • Please let us know if learners have any specific learner requirements.
Course Programme;
  • Health & Safety Legislation.
  • Health Care Legislation.
  • Role of the safety representative and committee members in the safety consultation process.
  • Communication skills for safety representative and committee members.
  • Hazard identification and risk assessment process.
  • Carrying out safety and health inspections.
  • Preparing and implementing the safety statement.
  • Accident investigation, recording ad analysis.
  • Sources of safety and health information.
  • Risk control and safety management at work.
  • Review.
Training Methods;
  • Classroom-based power-point presentation.
  • Workshops.

Certificate of attendance will be issued to each learner. Course refresher is recommended after 3 years.

Who Should Attend This Course?

Staff appointed or selected as a Safety Representative


24 Hours

Maximum Learners;