Safety and Health at Work: 5N1794

A mandatory module of the healthcare support certificate and an elective module for many other healthcare related topics It provides the learner with the knowledge of the legislation pertaining to their vocational area. It provides basic information in relation to how to work safely and effectively in the workplace under supervision.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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


  • Assignment 60%
  • Examination – Theory 40%


Successful completion of this component award enables the learner to transfer to programmes leading to other certificates where this component is a mandatory requirement.