Safety Representative Training – Accredited

The Safety Representative (commonly known as Safety Rep) training course outlines the roles and functions of a health and safety representative. It trains the participant to promote and maintain sound principles to safety and health issues as part of a total strategy to reduce hazards and risks in the workplace.  Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 workers may select and appoint a safety representative from among their fellow employees.

This course is designed for appointed safety representatives have responsibility for fostering proactive communication between management and employees on health and safety issues.

Available as an Onsite Course

Available as a Public Course

Course Objectives

A Safety Representative is elected by the staff and acts as a go-between with staff and management.  They do not hold any responsibility regarding health and safety in the workplace, however, they would be excepted to guide the Health and Safety Authority on a site visit to the workplace.

Training is required for Safety Representatives, and employers are required to ensure that such training is comprehensive and allows them to fulfill their role in the workplace. This course is designed to provide attendees with the requisite skills to fulfill their role as Safety Representative. This role includes the undertaking of tasks such as workplace inspections, accident investigations, investigation of complaints and consultation on workplace health and safety matters.

Course Topics
  • Health and safety legislation.
  • Occupational health and safety.
  • Role and function of the safety representative and safety consultation
  • Effective communication skills.
  • The role of the Safety Representative in hazard identification and risk assessment at work.
  • Risk assessment principles.
  • Safety auditing.
  • Safety management.
  • The role of the Safety Representative in completing accident investigations and implementing preventative strategies, along with case studies.
  • How incidents/ accidents occur.
  • Accident/ incident investigation and techniques.
  • Accident investigation and reporting.
  • Active and reactive monitoring.
  • Emergency preparedness.
  • Fire safety management.
  • Manual handling risks.
  • PPE (personal protective equipment).
  • Toolbox Talks.

Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, employers, and those who control workplaces to any extent, are required to:

  • Identify the hazards and assess the risks in the workplaces they control
  • Prepare a written safety statement setting out the arrangements in place for securing and managing the safety, health and welfare of their employees and other people, along with the co-operation required from employees to achieve this.



A maximum of 10 participants can attend each Safety Representative training session.


This Safety Representative training course is 4 days in duration.


On successful competition of the Safety Representative course participants will receive an Accredited Certificate. The certification will expire after 3 years.


Participants are required to renew their training by completing the course again. Renewals should happen before the certification expires, or sooner if indicated by their company’s risk assessment.

Course Entry Requirements

There are no special entry requirements for participants associated with this course.

Site Requirements

There are no special site requirements  associated with this course.

Public Course Dates

Summary Of Assessments
The course is presented in units and includes problem based learning and practical exercises. There will be two assignments to complete and, on the last day of the course, a one and a half hour exam based on the course material presented.

Useful Information

Reporting of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences

This post is to assist you to understand the requirements set out in the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Reporting of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 370 of 2016). It explains why accident and dangerous occurrence reporting is required, what is reportable, what is not reportable, who should make the report and how the report should be made.

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