Safety Representative Training Course

This 3-day Safety Representatives Training Course will provide those selected and appointed as Safety Representatives across various types of employment with the knowledge to carry out their role as Safety Representatives.

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 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. This course is aimed at Safety Representatives from across all sectors of employment and can be tailored to suit your specific sector so that Safety Representatives can best represent staff in such areas.

Our Safety Representative Training Course follows the course content recommended by the Health and Safety Authority. The course aims to give general guidance on the roles of Safety Representatives and employers and employees responsibilities in the process of safety consultation and representation, so that accidents and ill-health at work can be prevented.

The Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 provides for consultation between employers and employees to help ensure cooperation to prevent accidents and ill-health in the workplace. Under section 25 of the Act, employees are entitled to select a safety representative to represent them on safety and health matters in consultations with their employer. Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 Section 26 sets out the arrangements for this consultation on a range of safety and health issues at the workplace. Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 Section 27 provides for protection for safety representatives. Consultation on safety, health and welfare issues should be undertaken between employer and employees generally and between the employer and the safety representative(s) as chosen by the employees.

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Course Aims
  • To provide those selected and appointed as Safety Representatives with a required knowledge of what is contained in legislation and regulations.
  • To fulfil the role assigned to them.
  • To have a better understanding of the employer’s duties in relation to consultation.
  • To know employees role in the participation of consultation.
  • The role of the safety committee
Course Objectives
  • Understand the relevant legislation, 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
  • Understand how to source information relevant to you as a Safety Representative
  • Understand the Safety Statement and its importance to health and safety within the workplace
Who Should Attend This Course?

Staff appointed and selected as a Safety Representative.

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
  • Safety Health & Safety 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
  • Accident investigation, recording and analysis
  • Sources of safety and health information
  • Risk control and safety management at work
  • Course review
Our Tutors

All our tutors hold a minimum QQI Level 8 in their subject matter, a Train the Trainer QQI Level 6 or higher. The tutor working with your staff is experienced in safety and will detail all the essential duties and roles of staff.

Training Methods
  • Classroom-based power-point presentation
  • Workshops
Assessment

Participants will be required to fully partake in workshops to receive qualification

Certification

Upon successful completion of this course, learners will receive a Phoenix STS Certificate

Course Materials

Full-colour handout

Maximum Number of Learners

12

Duration

21 Hours

Frequently Asked Questions

Under Section 25 of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, all employees are entitled to select a safety representative to represent them on safety and health matters with their employer. Section 26 of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 sets out the arrangements for this consultation on a range of safety and health issues. Where a safety committee is already in existence, it can be used for this consultation process. Under Regulation 23 of the Construction Regulations where more than 20 persons are employed at any one time on a construction site, the project supervisor for the construction stage must facilitate the appointment of a safety representative.
Your employer must ensure that you know and understand your role as a safety representative or as a member of the safety committee. He must provide you with the training to carry out your role successfully. While the law does not put a management responsibility on workers to ensure better safety and health, it does allow those workers who get involved, the opportunity to promote better safety and health performance in their workplace.

A safety representative does not have any duties, as opposed to functions, under the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 other than those that apply to employees generally. A safety representative may consult with, and make representations to, the employer on safety, health and welfare matters relating to the employees in the workplace. Therefore, a safety representative who accepts a management proposal to deal with a safety or health issue, could not be held legally accountable for putting the proposal into effect.

Section 25 of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 entitles employees to decide on, select and appoint a safety representative or, by agreement with their employer, select more than one safety representative. These workers can represent their colleagues in consultations with their employer on matters of safety, health and welfare at their workplace

Safety representatives, after giving reasonable notice to the employer, have the right to inspect the whole or part of a workplace that they represent at a frequency or on a schedule agreed between them and the employer. These factors should be based on the nature and extent of the hazards. A safety representative also has the right to inspect immediately where an accident or dangerous occurrence has taken place, or where there is an imminent danger or risk to the safety, health and welfare of any person.
The type and frequency of inspections must be agreed with the employer. For best effect, they should include a member of the safety committee for that area. Inspections can cover the whole or part of the workplace and may include a review of safety and health documentation as well as a walkabout. Following inspection, the safety representative should have the opportunity to discuss safety and health matters in confidence with the safety committee or employees that he or she represents.

Section 25 (3) of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 states that the appropriate frequency will depend on various factors. These include:

  • size of the workplace,
  • nature and range of work activities and work locations,
  • nature and range of hazards and risks, and
  • changing hazards and risks

There is no standard duration. Time required will vary  depending on the circumstances. A place of work with relatively low-level risks may be inspected adequately in a single session, while higher risk workplaces may take longer.

A safety representative may investigate accidents and dangerous occurrences in the workplace under Sections 25 (2)(b) of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 to find out the causes and help identify any necessary remedial or preventive measures. However, a safety representative must not interfere with anything at the scene of an accident. The safety representative cannot obstruct a Health and Safety Authority Inspector, from doing his/her investigation under occupational safety and health legislation.

A safety representative may also:

  • accompany a Health and Safety Authority inspector carrying out an inspection under Section 64 of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, other than the investigation of an accident or dangerous occurrence, although this may be allowed at the discretion of the inspector
  • at the discretion of the inspector, and when the employee concerned so requests, be present when the inspector interviews the employee about an accident or dangerous occurrence at the workplace
  • make representations to the employer on safety, health and welfare at the workplace
  • make verbal or written representations to inspectors, including about the investigation of accidents or dangerous occurrences
  • receive advice and information from inspectors in relation to safety, health and welfare at the workplace
  • consult and liaise with other safety representatives appointed in the same workplace, whether or not they work in the same place or in different places under the control of the employer or at different times at the workplace (for example, safety representatives on different shifts)

Yes. It is essential that safety representatives have the knowledge and skills necessary to perform their function effectively. They should be knowledgeable enough about safety and health matters to make a positive contribution to safety and health at work.

Section 27 of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 protects employees generally from penalisation for any involvement in safety and health measures. This includes any employee who is a safety representative or is involved in the safety consultation and safety committee processes.