NISO Introduction to Occupational Health & Safety

NISO Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety

This course is accredited by NISO.  It is offered in a number of regions.
To book, please contact the relevant region directly.
Midwest Region – Limerick IT – Beginning 23 September 2015
Download the Brochure, Syllabus and Application Form [pdf; 1Mb]
Midland Region – Athlone IT – Beginning 21 September 2015
Download the Brochure, Syllabus and Application Form [pdf; 1Mb]
See bottom of page for contacts.
Occupational Health and Safety is a major concern to employers and employees across all industry sectors in small, medium and large organisations, for profit or not.
Preventable accidents, lost time and errors cost businesses both time and money, not to mention the personal pain and suffering that many accidents at work bring to those affected.
Businesses with a strategic Occupational Health and Safety plan show lower injury rates while they enjoy higher productivity and employee morale.
Effective training and awareness is probably the most cost effective safety measure available to any company. Most workers and managers will be aware of and take action in the obvious areas, mostly in a reactive capacity. However, training sharpens the mind and increases the opportunity for a proactive systematic approach to managing workplace safety and health.
The primary objectives of this course are to equip participants with the knowledge to work safely in a variety of workplaces and to comply with the competency requirements laid down in the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.
The course seeks to furnish participants with a good basic knowledge and understanding of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), outlining what is required to provide a safe place of work.
Who should attend?

  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Safety Representatives
  • Persons who have some responsibility for safety and health at work
  • Persons who wish to gain knowledge in this area.

Course Content

  • Irish Law

Introduction to the EU and Irish legal systems (both statute and civil) in relation to the regulation of Safety and Health in the workplace.

  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005

Implications and requirements for employers and employees. The roles of the Safety Officer and safety Representative; the role and powers of the Health and Safety Authority. The significance of the safety statement as a valuable management tool.

  • Risk Management

Concepts of hazard and risk, the distinctions between the two and the concept of control.

  • Safety Management

Strategies and documentation. How to create a safety statement following the completion of a risk assessment.

  • Fire Safety, Emergency Planning and First Aid

The statutory requirements. Identification of fire hazards and assessment of their risks. Fire prevention and protection including means of escape, emergency evacuation procedures, fire evacuation drills and fire fighting equipment, fire register and record keeping. The role of emergency planning in fire risk management serves to introduce emergency planning and first aid requirements.

  • Ergonomics

Management of risks associated with ergonomic hazards.  Principles of safe lifting; template for a manual handling risk assessment is provided and illustrated with a relevant case study.

  • Physical Hazards

Electricity, Machinery, Noise, Vibration and Radiation. Management of risks. Protection and Prevention controls; emergency planning.

  • Chemical Safety

Management of risks associated with chemical hazards. Protection and prevention controls; relevant emergency planning. A risk assessment template for chemical risk assessment is provided and illustrated with a relevant case study.

  • Psychosocial Hazards

The major psychosocial hazards at work i.e. stress and bullying. Identifying what stress is and recognising the main workplace stressors. Recognition and management of stress at both organisational and individual level is key to developing effective policies to deal with this hazard. Coping strategies and organisational measures to prevent bullying in the workplace. Violence or the threat of violence in the workplace is also explored.

  • Occupational Health

An introduction to occupational health. Promotion and maintenance of the physical, mental and social well being of workers; means of prevention of risks resulting from factors adverse to health. The different roles in occupational health are also discussed.

  • Accident Causation and Investigation

The many causes of accidents in the workplace. The accident process. The impact that safety culture has at individual and organisation level. Methodology of carrying out and recording accident investigations.

  • Construction Safety

The main hazards. Duties of the relevant persons throughout the various stages of design and construction of projects. Protection and preventative measures used to manage the risks associated with construction work.

  • Agricultural Safety

Common hazards on farms and how farm accidents can be prevented.

  • Final Examination


Venues and Booking Details

Please contact the relevant region directly to book on the course:

  • Midland Region – Athlone IT – Beginning 22 September 2014

Contact: Dr Sean Reidy, Athlone Institute of Technology;
Tel: 090 6424431; Mobile: 087 2974505
Dept. of Life and Physical Sciences, Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co Westmeath.

  • Midwest Region – Limerick IT – Beginning 23 September 2014

Contact: LIT Flexible Learning Office
Tel: 061 293 802


This course comprises of a series of thirteen, two hour modules, illustrated with examples and case studies.
The presentations are based on the core theme of hazard identification, risk assessment and identification and evaluation of control measures.
This programme uses innovative teaching methods.
Course / Certificate Validation
Students who successfully complete the requirements of all modules and assessments will be awarded the NISO Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health Certificate.
Course Duration
13 modules of two hours duration plus a 2 hour examination
This course is taught in English.
NISO needs to be informed at the time of booking when a learner needs special requirements.
Course Materials
Comprehensive learning materials are supplied and include a NISO eResourse CD containing extensive up to date OSH legislation, OSH Guidance, Codes of Practice, Standards and NISO designed Risk Assessment Templates.
Evaluation Methods

The course assessment includes an assignment based on carrying out a small Risk Assessment in the workplace.
It is to be submitted during the course.
At the end of the course, there is a 2 hour written final examination with multiple choice questions and essay questions.
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