Certificate in Health and Safety Practitioner Skill Development

  • Certificate in Health and Safety Practitioner Skill Development
  • 10 credits
  • 9
  • 12 weeks part-time
  • Online
  • Overview
  • Subjects
  • Entry Requirements
  • PAC CODES & Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact us


The aim of this programme is to provide an oversight to the role of Safety Practitioner in Health and Safety, to meet a legislative and Industry need in order for students to acquire the knowledge, attributes and skills required to understand the importance of compliance to Health and Safety in the workplace. This Certificate will enable participants to develop an overview of the role of the Safety Practitioner in Health and Safety, offer insight to the student as to what the role entails, should the wish to pursue further training and education to consider it as a career. 


Safety Practitioner Skills

Occupational Health. 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, medical ethics, disability and rehabilitation are other issues which are addressed.

Accident Prevention and Emergency Planning

Key accident causation theories, models and patterns. Types of accidents including those related to fire (including fire prevention, management, fighting, and escape, as well as the perception and behaviour of people in a fire); explosions (ATEX); transportation of hazardous goods; and toxic waste disposal. How to carry out accident investigation, analysis and follow-up. Principles and goals of first aid.

How to design, develop, review and implement a range of generic, site specific and subject related emergency plans. How to design, plan and manage a range of suitable exercises to test emergency plans.

The evolution of health and safety legislation

Broad overview of the evolution of health and safety legislation over the last 150 years with special reference to the Safety, Health and

Welfare at Work Act 2005. The Irish legal system; organisation of the court system; Common Law; Statute Law; European Union Law;

Health and Safety Legislation.; Planning and environmental laws; the incorporation of relevant health and safety law into organisations'

health and safety policies and management systems.

Health and safety structures and systems

Health and safety in organisation structures; safety management systems – European standards, ISO standards, etc.; Creation of a safety

culture in organisations; Safety audits, their purpose, design, techniques and review systems and associated national and international standards

Management techniques

(influencing, negotiation, communication, change management, business continuity planning, continuous improvement, etc.) to initiate, develop, promote, monitor and improve health and safety strategies, policies and organisational arrangements and overcome potential barriers.

Financial elements of health and safety

Assessment of cost to industry and the economy as a result of damage or injury; Insurance in the context of occupational health and safety; training needs analysis for health and safety.

Epidemiology and Data Collection

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.

Identifying, locating and evaluating current sources of health and safety information. Validity and reliability of data. Data protection. Data management.

Entry Requirements

All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Lifelong Learning reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.

PAC Codes & Fees


How to Apply

Application form.

Contact us

Email: lll.cw@setu.ie