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Safety, Health and Welfare at Work – NISO Certificate

  • Campus: Athlone

  • weeks: 13

  • Fees: €425 (NISO members); €525 (Non members)

Course Overview

The NISO Certificate in Occupational Safety, Health and Welfare at Work is a multidisciplinary course covering the important aspects related to the safe operation of all types of businesses and organisations. It’s our flagship Safety and Health Course since 1990. It has been the first step on the safety and health career ladder for many professionals who subsequently applied and gained entry on higher level courses in health and safety

The primary objectives of this programme are to equip participants with the knowledge to work safely in a variety of workplaces and to comply with the competency requirements laid down in the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and to complete a risk assessment.

The programme seeks to furnish participants with good basic knowledge and understanding of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), outlining what is required to provide a safe place of work.

This course is designed for Managers, Supervisors, Safety representatives, and individuals who have some responsibility for safety and health at work. This course is also designed for individuals who wish to gain knowledge in this area. Companies whose employees have completed the course in Athlone in the recent past include DPD dedicated parcel delivery company, Circet Ireland, Udaras na Gaeltachta, Bord na Mona, ESB, Irish Defence forces, An Garda Siochana, HSE (Midlands), Hodson Bay Hotel group, Penneys, Dunnes stores, Longford Co Council, many local Pharmaceutical, Medical devices and Food processing companies, Local Secondary Schools and many SMEs in the region.

Contact Details

Dr. Sean Reidy


Telephone: (090) 6471842

Department Email


Entry Requirements

Mature applicants (i.e. over 23 years) with work experience

Course Modules

  • Introduction to Law

  • Introduction to Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act and the General Applications Regulations

  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment

  • Fire and Emergency Management

  • Ergonomics

  • Physical Hazards

  • Chemical Safety

  • Psychosocial Hazards

  • Occupational Health

  • Construction Safety

  • Agricultural Safety

  • Accident Causation and Investigation

  • Examination

Further Study

Progression from the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is on to the level 7 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Safety Management, which is a two-year programme. Entry criteria to the BSc is based on an interview covering individuals relevant work experience (typically in the Environmental Health and Safety field in excess of 5 years) and Recognition of Prior Learning, a curriculum vitae and completion of the NISO programme. Following successful completion, students are eligible to apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental, Health and Safety Management. And, again on successful completion and an average of 50% across all modules (GPA) and students are eligible to apply and progress to the Level 9 Master of Science in Environmental Health and Safety Management.

Student Testimonial

Brian Redmond, Circet Ireland & UK

Having spent 15 years working as an electrician and telecoms technician, I decided that I wanted to take my career in a different direction. I have always had a keen interest in health and safety, so when the Flexible Learning brochure for TUS Midlands came through the door, the NISO Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety jumped off the page. I did my research and contacted the admin staff of the university for more information. They could not have been more helpful.

The 13-week course was very well structured. Each week covers a different aspect of health and safety. We were provided with two booklets. One was a book of slides, and the other was a book of course notes. With 1 assignment and a final exam, the pace of the course was excellent.

The lecturers we had come from different backgrounds within the health and safety industry, so they were able to relate the course material with real world scenarios for the students. They ensured that we all had a good understanding of the course by keeping us engaged throughout the 13 weeks with a friendly approachable way of teaching.

This NISO course is an excellent introduction into health and safety, and acts as a feeder into the Level 7 BSc in Environmental Health and Safety Management which I am now taking part in.