The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005, seeks to ensure that Irish businesses update their current practices governing safety procedure and health in the workplace.
This piece of legislation reflects the importance that the government place on Health and Safety in the workplace. It is regarded as the most stringent piece of legislation ever introduced in the area of Safety, Health and Welfare at Work.
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The legislation is wide ranging and every retail business is required to comply with the requirements of the Act. The Safety and Health at Work module does not offer an exhaustive guide to Health and Safety in the workplace, nor does it cover every aspect of the current legislation.
The module resource material has been developed to assist candidates to achieve FETAC Level 5 Safety and Health at Work. The topics addressed in the module are outlined below:
- The duties of employers and employees as outlined in the current legislation
- The role of the Health and Safety Authority
- The role of communication and training in the promotion and provision of Health and Safety
- The elements and functions of a Safety statement
- Promotion of Safe and Healthy working practices
- Identification of risk factors in relation to Safety
- The factors which contribute to safe and healthy working environments
- Hazard identification and risk assessment
- Principles and procedures of good housekeeping
- Safe lifting and handling techniques
- Causes, prevention, emergency procedures, reporting and recording of accidents and occurrences
- Fire related issues
- Working with equipment
- Control and risks of noise
- Safety signage
- Factors contributing to good health
- Risk factors to health
- Role of exercise
- First aid kit
- Absence reporting
- Infection control
- A balanced diet