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Safety Health at Work QQI Level 5 - 5N1794

Our Programme is designed with Digital Skills at the forefront of teaching Practice, with this is in mind the following is required:

  • You must have access to a laptop/computer with a webcam and mic.
  • Your laptop/tablet must have Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Word or similar software installed as you will require these applications to complete on-going assessment.

On completion of this course learners will have an understanding on the concepts of health and safety and be familiar with the core legislation in the area of Safety Health and Welfare within the workplace. learners will understand how to apply various safety techniques with the main aim of accident prevention and risk reduction. learners will also cover the key principles of manual handling, fire warden, and VDU/DSE assessment. Successful completion of the component award will enable learners to transfer to programmes leading to other major certificates where this component is a mandatory or elective requirement.

Who Is This Course Intended For?

People who wish to gain a better understanding of health & safety in the workplace.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements are a Level 4 QQI/FETAC Certificate, Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences.

On completion of this QQI Level 5 Safety & Health at Work course learners can progress onto 

  • QQI Safety Representative Course (Level 5) , Manual Handling Instructor QQI Level 6, Train the Trainer QQI level 6,Safety Management QQI level 6, Non related QQI courses  - PHECC FAR, Manual Handling ,Risk Assessment Assessors Training, Fire Safety


What are the benefits

Increases Employee Awareness - No matter what industry you work in, every workplace has its hazards, and they are often things that you may not consider hazardous without proper training. Employee training in health and safety is needed to educate employees on the workplace’s various hazards and how to manage them. Proper training will cover how to identify workplace hazards, address them, and avoid them. Training should be industry-specific, comprehensive, and high quality so that it’s more useful and relevant.

Reduce Accidents and Injuries -A key benefit of health and safety training programs is reducing the number of incidents in the workplace. Workplace incidents can range from minor illnesses and injuries to serious life-threatening accidents.

Help Retain Talent - One of the biggest struggles faced by businesses is keeping their high-performing team members. Developing a strong team is extremely costly to organizations, so it is essential to retain talent. Investing in employee safety shows that you value your team, which is a great hiring and retention strategy. Those who feel valued are much more likely to stay with the same company.

Boost Productivity - Effective health and safety training will also help to increase productivity as it means less work-related accidents and illnesses, causing absences from work. Absences can lead to negative effects on a company’s productivity and significantly damage performance. Promoting better safety practices through training can save your business tons of money by keeping productivity up.

Stronger Safety Culture - Training in workplace safety increases team members’ investment in the process. It will lead to employees taking responsibility to ensure that theirs is a safe workplace. The whole team will be much more likely to promote a safe work environment and identify and address issues as they arise, leading to fewer accidents, illnesses, and absences.

Safety Law Compliance - Businesses have very specific legal responsibilities regarding workplace safety. Comprehensive and effective training is needed to ensure compliance. When an employee becomes injured or ill due to work, the organization could be held liable for legal action, which may become financially detrimental to the company. Health and safety training protects companies from potential lawsuits and compensation claims.

Save Money and Reduce Stress - Workplace health and safety training is a smart investment that will pay off in the long run. Workplace accidents and illness can be very costly for lawsuits, compensation, productivity, and direct losses. Medical expenses, medication, rehabilitation, and indirect costs can add up. It is not only physical illness and injury that businesses need to worry about either, as emotional and mental well-being is also a significant concern in modern workplaces.

Entry Requirments

Entry Criteria:

English Proficiency:

  • To ensure the greatest opportunity for successful participation in our programmes, learners are required to have a good command of English in terms of reading, writing and speaking. This standard of proficiency is indicated by achieving or exceeding the standard of CEFR B2+Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) or standard of 6.0 on the IELTS.
  • Learners who have achieved a passing grade at Junior Certificate level will be deemed to meet this criterion. However, learners for whom English is not their first language, are required to advise Carraig Safety Consultants, and may be required to provide evidence of proficiency. This could include completing a standardised CEFR test or equivalent.

IT skills & Resources:

  • Learners should have basic IT Skills. They will need to be able email, word process (Word) and use Presentation software (Powerpoint) and Zoom.
  • Learners must have good broadband access and their own laptop/ tablet with microphone and speakers and a working camera.
  • The course should be completed in a quite location. This can be tested prior to the course commencement.


  • There is currently no specific requirement for participants to have completed a previous programme of training at a similar or lower level on the NFQ.

Access to English Proficiency Assessment: https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/test-your-english/general-english/


Course Content

· Health and Safety Legislation – (2005 Act & General Application Regulations 2007)

· Safety Statement

· Risk Assessment & Hazard Identification

· Machinery Safety

· Fire Safety

· Emergency Planning

· Chemical Safety

· Accident Investigation and Reporting

· First Aid

· Electrical Safety

· Safety signage

· Manual Handling

· Safety Consultation & Representation

· Accident Causation / Occupational psychology

· Personal Protective Equipment (P.PE)

· Diet / Importance of healthy eating

· Violence and Bullying in the Workplace

 · Occupational Health (Promotion & Surveillance)


Assignments (2) 60%

The assessor will devise two briefs that require candidates to produce evidence that demonstrate an understanding and application of a range of specific learning comes as identified in the course program outline. All assignments carry equal marks

Deadline for assignments :- All assignments must be submitted to the instructor within 2 weeks of completing the examination. Any assignment submitted after the examination will not be assessed. Carraig Safety will take into consideration any learner that applies for compassionate consideration in relation to their assessment. The learner should provide appropriate evidence to Carraig Safety to support the request.

Examination (Theory-Based) 40%

The assessor will devise a theory–based examination that assess candidates’ ability to recall and apply theory and understanding requiring responses to a range of short answer and structured questions.

Examination Duration : - 1 hour 30 minutes The format of the examination will be as follows Section A 12 Short answer questions Candidates are required to answer 10 (2 marks each) Section B 3 Structured questions Candidates are required to answer 2 (10 marks each)


Pass 50-64% 

Merit 65-79%

Distinction 80-100%       


Participants: 10

Special Requirements

Please make Carraig Safety aware of any special learning needs/requirements to enable you to participate fully in the programme. It is Carraig Safety’s policy to support any special requirements of learners during the course program & course assessment.


Successful participants will receive a QQI Level 5 Safety and Health at Work Certificate.

Duration: 5 Days


Who should attend

People who wish to gain a better understanding of health & safety in the workplace.


What course resources do I receive upon completion

You will be given access to all recourses via the Carraig Safety Website for the duration of the course. You can download these resources and use as required.

What do I need to bring?

We supply all course materials, manuals, packs and refreshments, however if the course is classroom based the learner should bring their laptop to complete the course programme.

What Certification will I receive?

You will receive a QQI Level 5 Safety and Health at Work QQI Level 5 Certificate.

Any Other Questions?

We'll be happy to answer any other questions you may have by phone or email. You can click the button below to ask a question online, or call us on 01 6293852.

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