QQI Safety Health & welfare at work

Safety, Health and Welfare at work.

Learn the skills to promote and maintain safety and health in a work environment.

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to promote and maintain safety and health in a work environment.

On course completion learners will be able to:

Analyse the duties of employers and employees as specified in current Safety, Health and Welfare at work legistlation
Examine the role of the Health and Safety Authority
Explore the role of communication and training in the promotion and provision of health and safety in the workplace
Comment on the elements and functions of the safety statement
Summarise the factors which contribute to safe and healthy working environments
Outline the principles and procedures of good housekeeping in the workplace
Explain the causes, prevention, emergency procedures, reporting and recording of accidents and dangerous occurrences
Analyse the causes and prevention of fire related events to include identification of emergency procedures, the fire triangle and fire equipment
Comment on specific hazards and risks when working with equipment to include mechanical and electrical equipment
Investigate how personal protective equipment (PPE) is used in the workplace
Explore appropriate procedures for use and disposal of hazardous materials and waste in the workplace to include reference to material safety data sheets (MSDS)
Examine the control and associated risks of a range of health and safety issues to include noise, sound, fumes, dust or any vocationally specific work issue
Explain the typical contents of a first aid kit and their appropriate use
Examine a range of issues related to infection control to include conditions for the growth and development of micro-organisms, routes of infection, symptoms, ill-health, preventative measures and emergency procedures for suspected contamination
Investigate risk factors in relation to safety to include hazards, work environments, work practices, effects of medication, drink and drugs
Interpret a range of safety signs in the workplace
Promote safe and healthy working practices in relation to oneself, others and the workplace
Outline risk factors in relation to health to include stress, lifestyle, diet, illness
Outline the role of diet and exercise in the promotion of good health

All learning outcomes must be assessed:

Assignment 60% – An assignment is an exercise carried out in response to a brief with specific guidelines as to what should be included. An assignment is usually of short duration and may be carried out over a specified period of time
Examination – Theory 40% – An examination provides a means of assessing a learner’s ability to recall and apply knowledge, skills and understanding within a set period of time and under clearly specified conditions. A theory-based examination assesses the ability to recall, apply and understand specific theory and knowledge


Pass 50% – 64%
Merit 65% – 79%
Distinction 80% – 100%