Safety Representative Training Course

This 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

Safety Representative Training Course

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 the employee’s responsibilities in the process of safety consultation and representation so that accidents and ill-health at work can be prevented. Employer and employee consultation on safety, health, and welfare concerns should occur in general and between the employer and the safety representative(s) designated by the employees.

Workers will be inspired to do more to ensure compliance if they see their organisation making success in promoting safety and health. Getting workers engaged in formulating and reviewing safe work practices is the best approach to get them to follow them. Workers are far more inclined to follow processes when implemented if they believe their thoughts are appreciated and considered. After all, workers are the ones who do the work, and they will know it better than anybody else.

The duty of the safety representative, in particular, is defined under Section 25 of the 2005 Act, which allows employees to pick and designate a representative from among their number at their place of employment to represent them at work in collaboration with their employer on matters relating to safety, health, and welfare. The Safety Representative Training Course is designed for safety representatives from various industries. It may be customised to your industry, allowing safety representatives to represent employees in those areas best.

The Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 provides 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. Section 26 of the Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work Act of 2005 lays out the procedures for this consultation on various workplace safety and health issues. Section 27 of the Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work Act of 2005 protects safety advocates.

What else can you do as a safety representative after completing the Safety Representative Training Course?

  • Accompany a Health and Safety Authority inspector (see Section 64 of the 2005 Act), other than the investigation of an accident or dangerous occurrence, although this may be allowed at the discretion of the inspector
  • Be present when the inspector requires it or when the employee in question seeks it where the inspector interviews the employee about an accident or dangerous occurrence at the workplace
  • Make suggestions to the employer on workplace safety, health, and welfare.
  • Make oral or written representations to inspectors, including about accident or dangerous occurrence investigations
  • Inspectors can provide the safety representative with advice and information about workplace safety, health, and welfare
  • Consult and communicate with other safety representatives assigned to the same workplace, whether they work in the same location or at separate locations under the employer’s authority (for example, safety representatives on different shifts)

In addition to our Safety Representatives Training Course Phoenix STS also offer certified online fire & safety courses, please click here

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?

Do you know that under the 2005 Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work Act, you can nominate yourself to be your co-worker’s safety representative? On the safety committee, you can also represent your department or division

  • Those selected by employers to the role of Safety Representative
  • Those who are interested in becoming a Safety Representative. Workers who are involved in ensuring their safety and health are more effective in the role of a Safety Representative, according to experience

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 rep 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
  • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  • Toolbox Talks
  • Occupational Health
  • 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 workplace safety and will detail all the essential duties and roles of staff

Training Methods

  • PowerPoint presentations (the course can be provided by remote learning or face-to-face)
  • Question and answer sessions with workshops
  • A suitable training area in line with government guidelines on the management of covid-19


Learners will be required to partake in the course workshops to be deemed competent to hold the role of a safety representative


  • Upon successful completion of this course, learners will receive a Phoenix STS’s Safety Representatives Certification
  • There is no set requirement, but it is recommended that refresher training be provided at intervals not more than every three years or where there is a change in work practices resulting in introducing a new safety system in the workplace

Maximum Number of Learners

As the Safety Representatives Training Course is predominantly skill-based, it is limited to 12 learners; this allows adequate time for workshops


With a maximum of 12 learners, the course duration is approximately 21 hours (3 Days)

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