Health & Safety Regulations


Delegates will understand the Regulations and Codes of Practice within which employers and trade unions can make operational agreements surrounding Safety Representatives and Safety Committees.

No previous knowledge required.

Course Duration
1 day.

Maximum Number
12 – 18 persons.

Training Aids
Lecture notes, Regulations and Codes of Practice and audio/visual presentation.

No formal assessment.

On successful completion of the course candidates will receive a NETA certificate.

Additional Information
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On completion of the course, delegates will be able to understand and apply the following:

  • The Regulations on Safety Representatives and Safety Committees (SI 1977 No 500) which became effective on 1 October 1978.
  • The Code of Practice on Safety Representatives.
  • The Code of Practice on Time Off for the Training of Safety Representatives.
  • The Guidance Notes published by the Health and Safety Commission.
  • How the Regulations and Codes of practice can be implemented.
  • The roles and responsibilities of appointed Safety Representatives.
  • Establish and maintain a Safety Committee.


Introduction / Course Structure

  • Overview of the Course Aims and Objectives.
  • General Introduction to the relevant Regulations and Codes of Practice.

Regulation 3 – Appointment of Safety Representatives

  • Appointment of Safety Representatives by a recognised trade union.
  • The appropriate criteria for selection.
  • The role of the appointed Safety Representative.

Regulation 4 – Functions of Safety Representatives

  • The duties and responsibilities of appointed Safety Representatives.
  • The rules governing paid time off.
  • The training needs of Safety Representatives.
  • Report forms and other appropriate documentation.

Regulation 5 – Inspection of the Workplace

  • The inspection of the workplace by Safety Representatives.
  • Alterations to the conditions of work.
  • Frequency of formal inspections.

Regulation 6 – Inspections following Notifiable Accidents, Occurrences and Diseases

  • The circumstances under which official notifications should be made.
  • The format of the investigation following notification.
  • Seeking technical expertise.

Regulation 7 – Inspection of Documents and Provision of Information

  • The collection and retrieval of factual information.
  • The circumstances supporting the non-disclosure of information.
  • The employer’s responsibilities under the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act.

Regulation 8 – Cases where Safety Representatives need not be Employees

  • The criteria applicable to the modification of the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act regarding safety representatives.

Regulation 9 – Safety Committees

  • The Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977.
  • The prescribed cases in which safety committees should be established.
  • The objectives and functions of safety committees.
  • The composition and membership of safety committees.
  • The conduct of safety committees.

Course Review, Summary and Feedback

  • Feedback Report Forms.