Safety Representative Course

By ensuring your employees attend a safety representative course you will comply with Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act 2005 in Ireland.

The 2005 Act provides for consultation between employers and employees to help ensure co-operation in the prevention of accidents and ill health.


Under the 2005 Act, employees are entitled to select a safety representative to represent them on safety and health matters with their employer. By sending these employees on this Safety Representative Course you comply with this.

The law sets out the arrangements for this consultation on a range of safety and health issues at the workplace. Where a safety committee is in existence in a workplace it can be used for this consultation process. These are key provisions of the 2005 Act and a central part of the preventive system of promoting safety and health at work. A Safety Representation Course will prevent accident and injuries to your employees.

How many safety representatives do you need?

There is no set number of safety representatives required in an organisation. Section 25,  entitles employees to decide on, select and appoint a safety representative or, by agreement with their employer, more than one safety representative. Therefore, in determining a suitable number of safety representatives, the following factors should be considered:

  • the number of employees to be represented
  • the nature of the work and the relative degree of risk the operation of shift systems

  • the number of workplaces under the employer‘s control spread over many locations, e.g. for a  local authority
  •  the constituency of the employees to be represented, including variations between different occupations and distinct locations within the place of work, e.g. a large hospital, where a wide variety of different work activities take place within a single workplace, or places of work where conditions and workforce change regularly, such as construction.

Special consideration may need to be given to those situations where the employees spend most of their working time away from the nominal place of work, e.g. care workers, goods delivery depots and local authority service yards.

Also, in some situations, a single safety representative may be unable to perform all the functions as listed under the 2005 Act effectively. In these cases, the safety committee can also usefully assist in the consultation process. Agreement should be reached between the employer and the employees on how many safety representatives are necessary in particular circumstances, where more than one safety representative may be required.

On completion of this safety representative course the participants will be able to:

 List the implications of health & safety legislation on both the employer and the employee.

  • Describe the role of the Health and Safety Inspectorate and Health and Safety Authority  (HSA).
  • Define the role and function of a Safety Representative.

  •  List actions undertaken to promote health and safety in the workplace.
  • Describe the consultative process within the company.

  • Identify hazards and assess the risks associated with common workplace hazards.
  • Describe the importance of routine workplace inspections.
  • Investigate accidents and recommend preventative inspections.
  • Record and analyse accident statistics.
  • Identify potential health hazards.
  • Source information relevant to the Safety Representative.
  • Define the role of the Safety Statement within the company.

Safety Representative Course Content

  • Legislation relating to Health and Safety.
  • Role and Functions of the Safety Representative.
  • Health and Safety Authority (HSA) Guidance   documents
  • Health and Safety Authority (HSA) statistics
  • Accident Investigation, Recording & Analysis.
  • Occupational  Safety Awareness.
  • Common Workplace


  • Manual Handling 
  • Hazards/Risk Assessments
  • Internal Transport
  • Fire safety
  • Visual Display Units (VDU’s)
  •   Slips, Trips & Falls.
  •   Method Statements
  •   Permits to Work.

Training Methods

  • A multimedia presentation supplemented by videos, exercises and use of MSDS from the client.
  • Case analysis of common health and safety problems that arise in the workplace – and practical  guidance for the safe solution of these issues.
  • Interactive problem solving.
  • Identification of sources of information to assist the safety representative in  her/his duties

Safety Representative Course Attendance

 Maximum number of participants: 15

 Duration of Safety Representation Course: 3 Days

Certification:  A certificate of attendance on the Safety Representation Course is awarded by Excel Safety Services Ireland and is fully recognised by the HSA (Health & Safety Authority).

Contact Excel Safety Services Ireland to discuss your training requirements


Check the Health and Safety Authority's (HSA) Website for further information on Safety Representation


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