Award: 5 credits at level 1
Duration: 9 weeks
Start Date: September

OSH10010 Principles of Occupational Safety and Health


This module introduces students to the principles of risk management and to health and safety management systems. It introduces the major hazard categories currently found in Irish workplaces, best practice in health and safety management, the legislative OSH framework that underpins practice, and includes an overview of the Irish legal system.

What will I study?

On completion of the module the student should be able:

  • To explain the major sources of Irish legislation and the Irish legal system, including compensation rules.
  • To outline the differences between criminal and civil law, statue and common law.
  • To outline the major components of key Irish health and safety legislation.
  • To explain the legal duties of major stakeholders.
  • To explain the components of a safety management system and advise on the development of a safety management system for a low-risk business.
  • To explain the principles of risk management in the context of OSH.
  • To apply the concepts of hazard identification, risk assessment, and controls to a work situation.
  • To recognise and make recommendations to address ergonomic, mechanical, chemical, and psychosocial hazards in the Irish workplace setting.

How will I study?

  • Lectures - 8 hours
  • Tutorials - 12 hours
  • Specified Learning Activities - 22 hours
  • Autonomous Student Learning - 60 hours
  • Total Workload - 102 hours

How will I be assessed?

Assignment: Assignment 55% Varies over the Semester

Class Test: 1 hour examination 45% Varies over the Semester

Am I eligible?

Students should normally be working adults, with an interest in, or some responsibility for, occupational safety and health