Safe Pass

Safe Pass

SOLAS Safe Pass Awareness Course

(formerly FAS Safe Pass Awareness Course)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Participants on the Safe pass training course MUST have an Irish PPS number or SOLAS-issued process number on the day of training. The process number MUST be applied for at least 10 working days in advance of the course.
COVID-19: NISO has now resumed Safe Pass training in accordance with SOLAS COVID-19 requirements and procedures. For upcoming training dates click here.
Important notice from SOLAS: Termination of the Safe Pass Exemption
The temporary legislation that was introduced to allowed Safe Pass cards that expired after 1 March 2020 to remain valid until further notice will now be terminated. Now that Safe Pass courses have recommenced it has been decided to phase out the Safe Pass card expiry date exemption on 31 July 2020.
SOLAS Process Number – application form
Click here to download the SOLAS process number application form.
The National Irish Safety Organisation Training Centre, based in Ballymount, Dublin 12, is an Approved Training Organisation (ATO), registered with SOLAS. When booking the SOLAS Safe Pass Awareness Course, be sure to only book with an ATO that is registered with SOLAS.
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The Safe Pass Health and Safety Awareness (known as Safe Pass) training programme is a one day course for all construction site personnel, including construction apprentices and trainees. The training programme has been designed to ensure that participants have a basic knowledge of health and safety and are aware of the inherent dangers on construction sites.


The aim of the training is to ensure that workers on construction sites are not a risk to themselves or to their co-workers who work alongside them.

  • To raise the standard of health and safety in the construction industry;
  • To ensure that all construction site personnel undergo basic health and safety awareness training with the view to making a positive contribution to the prevention of accidents and avoidance of health hazards;
  • To maintain a register of personnel who received such training;
  • To provide all participants with a SOLAS Safe Pass registration card that will indicate that the holder has attended a formal course in health and safety awareness.


Who should attend?

All construction site personnel, including new entrants, construction apprentices and trainees, and others who require Safe Pass to gain access where there is a requirement to have Safe Pass.


Course Content

The SOLAS Safe Pass Programme has a duration of 1 day and consists of 13 learning units as follows:-

  • Introduction to Site Safety
  • Legislation and Site Safety
  • Site Accident Reporting
  • Introduction to Risk Assessment
  • Risk Assessment for Electricity
  • Risk Assessment for Excavations
  • Risk Assessment for Heights
  • Behaviour-Based Safety
  • Site Safety and Construction Equipment
  • ​Site Safety and Construction Vehicles
  • Personal Health and Welfare
  • Noise and Vibration
  • Personal Protective Equipment



A practical and highly interactive approach is used throughout the course.
When theoretical material is introduced, it relates to relevant tasks encountered by employees while working on a construction site.
The focus will be on actual situations with realistic solutions.


Course Validation / Certificate

Participants who have successfully completed the Safe Pass Training Programme will be registered with SOLAS and issued with a registration card.
It is condition of renewal of the SOLAS Safe Pass registration card that participants must update their safety awareness training every four years.


Safe Pass equivalent Safety Awareness Schemes


Schedule 4 of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013 provides for the recognition of equivalent safety awareness schemes approved by SOLAS. With this in mind the Construction Skills Register’s (CSR Northern Ireland) one day health and safety course is the only course recognised as equivalent to the SOLAS Safe Pass course.

Any person wishing to avail of this recognition must be in possession of a current CSR Health and Safety card.


Course Duration

One day from 08.00hrs till 17.00hrs


Instructor Qualifications

The course Tutor is registered with SOLAS


Requirements to attend the course


  • An Irish PPS number (for participants residing in Ireland only) / SOLAS-issued Process Number.
  • One current passport photograph.
  • Proof of Identification (ID): e.g. drivers licence, passport
  • Participants must be 16 years of age or over on the day of the course.
  • The course is taught in English unless previously arranged (all participants need to have a good working knowledge of the English language).
  • Participants should tell us if they have any special needs when booking the course.

Please note:
SafePass courses require a minimum attendance of 8 persons and a maximum of 10 persons [SOLAS requirement].
In the event of cancellation due to less than the minimum legal number of people showing up for a course on a day, NISO will not be held liable for any additional expenses incurred in attending the training course including but not limited to travel, mileage, accommodation, loss of earnings etc.
The price includes the mandatory €32 SOLAS Registration Fee.
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