Onshore Safety Representatives


To provide delegates with a general understanding of the skills and knowledge required by Safety Representatives.

A basic understanding of general safety would be advantageous but not essential.

Course Duration
3 days.

Maximum Number
10 persons.

Training Aids
Lecture notes, audio-visual presentation and discussion.

Multi-choice test.

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

Additional Information
Meeting the needs and expectations of service users is of the highest priority to our staff. Therefore if you have any concerns or wish to make a comment about the service please contact: info@NETA.co.uk


Upon completion of this course delegates should be able to:

  • Explain the basic principles of occupational health, safety and welfare both on-site and in the workplace
  • Explain the role of the Safety Representative
  • Explain the role of Safety Committees
  • Apply the general principles of risk assessment as a preventative measure when implementing a variety of safety inspection techniques.
  • Describe the processes of accident and complaint investigations
  • Interpret how all relevant legislation can be used by the Safety Representative in the reporting of hazards to management.
  • Understand the importance of effective Safety Management and the systems to measure performance.


Statutory Requirements and Legislation

  • The 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act.
  • European Health and Safety Legislation.
  • Key Regulations including:
    • Inspectors and Casualties Regulations
    • Operational Safety
    • Health and Welfare Regulations
    • Emergency Procedures Regulations
    • Fire Fighting Regulations.
  • Protection from Victimisation

Role of Safety Representative

  • Purpose of the Safety Representative
  • Functions of the Safety Representative
  • Powers of the Safety Representative

Safety Committees

  • Objective
  • Function
  • Duties of employers

Company Safety Policy

  • Importance of the Policy Statement, Organisation and Arrangements
  • Responsibilities – employer and individual
  • Safe working procedures
  • Key Personnel

Principles of Incident/Accident Causation and Prevention

  • Statistical triangles/iceberg concept
  • Unsafe acts/conditions
  • Definition of incident and accident
  • Accident sequence – domino effect
  • Causes of accidents
  • Preventative measures

Principles of Occupational Health

  • Substances hazardous to health
  • Assessment of health risks
  • Prevention or control measures
  • Monitoring exposure
  • Health surveillance

Safe Systems of Work

  • Plant and equipment
  • Protective clothing
  • Inspection procedure

Accident/Complaint Investigation

  • Collection of data
  • Assessment of accident cause/complaint


  • Through Safety Committees
  • Follow-up/feedback
  • Use of accident statistics

Communicating the Safety Message

  • Poster Campaigns
  • Notice/Information boards
  • Newsletter, bulletins etc.
  • Competitions

Health and Welfare

  • Medical facilities
  • Occupational hygiene

Effective Safety Management

  • Individual responsibility and accountability
  • Resources for safety
  • Employee representations
  • Measurements of Performance

Safety Inspections

  • Hazard awareness
  • Observation
  • Monitoring the workplace

The Effective Safety Representative

Role of statutory authorities

Sources of advice