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Safety & Health at Work

This course is an introduction to a comprehensive range of topics relating to safety and health in the workplace including: legislation; risk and safety management; identification of physical, chemical, psycho-social, and ergonomic hazards; occupational health hazard management and occupational safety hazard management. 

Blended learning course, delivered in a combination of online and face-to-face formats, with comprehensive learning materials.

Delivered between September and May each year.

Students who successfully complete the Certificate in Safety and Health at Work will be able to advise management on a range of OSH issues in their workplace.

The purpose of the part-time UCD Certificate in Safety and Health at Work Programme is to educate working professional adults to be capable of integrating occupational safety and health management solutions into their workplace, and of advising on up-to-date health and safety principles, practice and legal frameworks at work. Learning takes place in the online environment and through live face-to-face interaction with peers, tutors, and academics in UCD workshops, held four times a year. Teaching methods include a blend of online lectures, discussion fora, provision of bespoke and professional resources, in addition to tutor-led problem-based workshops. A suite of online study supports are provided, including a weekly workbook. Teaching and continuous assessment are problem-based and work-situated, and end of module MCQ examinations are completed online. This high-quality programme is based on the values of student-support, adult-friendliness, work-relatedness, accessibility and professional relevance.

Programme Outcomes

Apply the principles of hazard identification and risk assessment in a low risk environment

Advise management on implementing the hierarchy of controls in a low-risk environment

Access and communicate information on a wide range of OSH hazards and risks in a professional manner

Demonstrate an understanding of the legislative environment under which occupational safety and health is managed in Ireland

Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of occupational safety and health management

Advise on appropriate health and safety management strategies and know when to call in professional OSH expertise

Be an advocate for safe working practices and a positive safety culture

Have developed transferrable skills that will enable them to become lifelong learners

The UCD Certificate in Safety and Health at Work is accredited by IOSH as the academic requirement for the Tech IOSH grade of membership. Applicants for membership will also need to be able to demonstrate five years experience at an appropriate level in health and safety practice. Further information is available here


1 year part-time

Further enquiries

Contact Name:Claire Gibney
Contact Number:+ 353 (0) 1 716 34 28

Subjects taught

The programme is arranged in four modules:

Principles of Occupational Safety and Health
Occupational Health Hazard Management
Occupational Safety Hazard Management
Occupational Safety and Health Project*

* This module is undertaken in the student's own time, with comprehensive support from UCD.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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