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

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    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

    Assessment

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

    Certification

    • 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

    Duration

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

    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.

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    Phoenix STS Ltd t/s Phoenix Safety Training Services provides bespoke first aid, health and safety, fire safety training, and consulting services countrywide to meet our client’s needs. By offering a systematic professional approach through the integration of theoretical and practical tailored programmes, incorporating your training policies and organisational goals, we guarantee compliance and ensure a safer working environment. We also offer a wide range of  RoSPAIATPIFEIIRSM & CPD approved courses; and have a retail business sourcing and supplying specialist evacuation and training equipment.