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Title : Safety and Health at Work

Teideal as Gaeilge : Sláinte agus Sábháilteacht ag an Obair

Award Type : Minor

Code : 5N1794

Level : 5

Credit Value : 15

Purpose : 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

Learning Outcomes

Learners will be able to:

  • Analyse the duties of employers and employees as specified in current Safety, Health and Welfare at work legislation
  • 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.


General Information

Details of QQI’s assessment requirements are set out in Assessment Guidelines for Providers.

All QQI assessment is criterion referenced. Successful achievement of the award is based on learners attaining the required standards of knowledge, skill or competence.

The techniques set out below are considered the optimum approach to assessment for this component. In exceptional circumstances providers may identify alternative assessment techniques through the provider’s application for programme validation which are reliable and valid but which are more appropriate to their context.

Assessment of a number of components may be integrated across programmes for delivery, provided that the learning outcomes of each minor award are assessed.

Group or team work may form part of the assessment, provided each learner’s achievement is separately assessed.

All providers are required to submit an assessment plan as part of their application for programme validation. Assessment Plans will include information relating to scheduling and integration of assessment.See QQI’s Provider Guidelines for Programme Validation.

Assessment Techniques

In order to demonstrate that they have reached the standards of knowledge, skill and competence identified in all the learning outcomes,

Learners are required to complete the assessment(s) below.

The assessor is responsible for devising assessment instruments (e.g. project and assignment briefs, examination papers), assessment criteria and mark sheets, consistent with the techniques identified below and FETAC’s assessment requirements.

Programme validation will require providers to map each learning outcome to its associated assessment technique.See FETAC’s Provider Guidelines for Programme Validation.

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Learners may be assessed on the basis of their prior knowledge and experience. Providers must be specifically quality assured to assess learners by this means. To do so they must complete B10, see Provider’s Quality Assurance Guidelines and be included on the Register of RPL approved providers. See RPL Guidelines at www.fetac.iefor further information and registration details.


Pass 50% – 64%

Merit  65% – 79%

Distinction 80% – 100%

Specific Validation Requirements

There are no specific validation requirements for this award

Supporting Documentation

Current Safety, Health and Welfare at Work legislation and Codes of Practice


To access programmes leading to this award the learner should have reached the standards of knowledge, skill and competence associated with the preceding level of the National Framework of Qualifications. This may have been achieved through a formal qualification or through relevant life and work experience.


Successful completion of this component award enables the learner to

transfer to programmes leading to other certificates where this component is a mandatory or an elective requirement.

  • 30 Days

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