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Safety Health & Welfare at Work

The course provides professional training in the management of safety, health and welfare at work. It is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and was developed in co-operation with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). Graduates of the course may apply for graduate membership of IOSH upon completion.

The course is offered by ACE at UCC in association with the departments of Applied Psychology, Biochemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Law, Applied Social Studies, Statistics, the College of Medicine and Health, and the Industrial Liaison Unit. It is delivered on a part-time modular basis in order to meet the needs of working professionals, who in the past have come from a variety of disciplines including HR, construction, medicine, production and engineering.

Course Details
The Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work is designed to help you ensure the safety, health and welfare of the Irish workforce. Though the training is directed at Irish working conditions with the emphasis on chemical, pharmaceutical, agri-industry, electronics, health care and services, the course content is sufficiently broad to allow for new situations in different industries.

Effective worker protection and prevention of work-related ill health and accidents requires a widely based knowledge of toxicology, psychology, legislation, human body responses, ergonomics and engineering. Only with knowledge of all these related areas can effective solutions be recommended.

You will learn the prevention of ill health and accidents, as well as getting specific training in prevention and protection in the workplace. On completion of the course you will be competent in dealing effectively with the majority of health and safety problems in the workplace.

Entry requirements

Normally, applicants for entry to the Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work will be at least 23 by 1 January of the year of application with a minimum of two years' health, engineering, personnel, managerial, training or comparable experience. English language requirement: all applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score.


2 years part-time. 2 evenings per week Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30-9.30pm September to May

Further enquiries

Karen O Shea
T: 021 4904708

Subjects taught

Year 1 Modules:
AD5808: Risk Management and Safety Technology (10 credits)
This module will cover the main elements of safety technology such as safeguarding parts of dangerous machines, provision of a safe place of work, safe construction practice and safe maintenance/electrical procedures.

AD5809: Human Factors in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (5 credits)
The improvement and motivation of staff in relation to safe working practices, both individually and in groups/teams. Theoretical perspectives; Human and engineering factors in accidents; Human cognition and occurrence of errors; Designing for safety; Campaigning for health and safety.

EH5800: Occupational Health and Health Promotion (10 credits)
A broad definition of occupational health is introduced covering the most common occupational diseases and their prevention. Health promotion in the workplace is explored. The organisation of occupational health services, first aid, disability and rehabilitation are other issues which are addressed.

LW5801: Health and Safety Legislation (5 credits)
The evolution of health and safety legislation over the last 150 years with special reference to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 1989. The Irish legal system; organisation of the court system; Common Law; Statute Law; European Union Law; Health and Safety Legislation.

Year 2 Modules:
AD5810: Occupational Hygiene (5 credits)
Identification and evaluation of hazards and measures of control. Maintaining strategies, understanding and familiarisation with basic monitoring equipment. Basic occupational hygiene; the measurement of noise and vibration; the effects of ionising radiation/non-ionising radiation; control of air-borne contaminants; thermal environment; lighting.

AD5811: Emergency Planning (5 credits)
The Emergency Plan module has been designed to provide the knowledge and skills to enable those new and existing emergency planners to operate effectively within their emergency planning role. The module covers Fire: prevention, fighting and escape, Electrical safety; Reducing the risk of injury and minimizing the consequences of dangerous occurrences in the workplace. First aid and medical facilities. Toxic waste disposal, transportation of hazardous goods. The knowledge and skills to design, develop, review and implement a range of generic, site specific and subject related emergency plans. This will include how to design, plan and manage a range of suitable exercises to test emergency plans.

AD5812: Group Project (5 credits)
Researching and producing a Safety Statement. To include site visits and group discussion and presentation. A group project (4 per group). The project must apply the learning on the course to draw up a safety programme based on an identification of the hazards of the operation, an assessment of the risks and the design of a control strategy for the risks based on legal requirements, codes of practice and best practice.

BC5800: Chemical Safety and Toxicology (10 credits)
Chemical actions and interactions in the human body and the toxic effects of major classes of toxicants are examined. The principles of chemical hazards and risk assessment are addressed, and appropriate control and preventative strategies for toxic chemicals.

EH5801: Epidemiology and Data Collection (5 credits)
Descriptive and inferential statistics: basic descriptive measures: means, medians and modes; standard deviation and percentiles: Histograms and bar charts the normal distribution; the estimation of normal ranges, major epidemiological (observational and experimental study) design types, criteria for establishing a causal relationship, the role of bias, confounding and chance in epidemiological studies.


Unique Aspects of the Course
This course allows you the unique opportunity to blend academic learning with your own workplace experience. This approach is at the core of adult experiential learning. You will actively participate and question during the classes, and are encouraged to bring examples of your experience to illustrate aspects of the learning experience. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds from a range of different sectors.

Assessment method

Written examinations at the end of each module, and continuous assessment including both individual and group projects.

Application date

How Do I Apply?
Adult Continuing Education now welcomes online applications for ACE programmes from Certificate to Masters level. Students can register and pay online quickly and securely by simply clicking the “apply now” button within course description, and filling out the online application form. Once you are registered on UCC360 you can apply for additional courses without needing to register each time.

ACE also welcomes applications by post and an application form can be downloaded and printed from within each course description (on web).

Course fee

€3,025 year 1 (includes 1 year IOSH membership), €2,900 year 2

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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