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The UCD SIRC Office offers a range of training courses related to safety and health at work. An indicative list and description of these courses are listed below.

Training provided in house by the UCD SIRC Office will not incur a cost to the recipient and in most cases can be amended to suit your requirements. 

Any School or Unit that has a particular group or specialist training requirement, should contact sirc@ucd.ie to discuss your needs and how training can be accommodated.

Upcoming Training Courses

Details of upcoming training courses will be added when they become available. Please register your interest in training courses via the Safety Training Registration Form drop down box below. 

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Course Descriptions 

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Aimed at

Faculty, Research staff, Technical Officers and Postgraduate Students

This course introduces participants to Biological Safety and is suitable for all staff and postgraduate students who work with biological agents as part of their role.

The course provides information on the statutory requirements for working with biological agents and information on the practical aspects of working safely with biological agents in the laboratory setting.

Objectives

At the end of the course participants will have an understanding of the principles of biological safety, the statutory requirements when working with biological agents, and will be able to conduct risk assessments on the safe use of biological agents within the laboratory in accordance with the requirements of relevant legislation and best practice.

Content

  • Biological Safety legislation
  • Key aspects of Biological Safety
  • Classification and containment of biological agents
  • Risk reduction strategies
  • Biological agent risk assessment
  • Waste management

Duration: 50 minutes

Please register your interest for this course HERE

Interested applicants will be notified in advance as to when this course will be taking place.

Recommended Course to Complete with this Training: Risk Assessment Training

Aimed at

Faculty, Research staff, Technical Officers and Postgraduate Researchers

This course is suitable for all staff and postgraduate researchers working with chemical agents as part of their role. This course provides information on the statutory requirements for working with chemical agents and also, information on the practical aspects of working safely with chemical agents in the laboratory setting.


Objectives
At the end of the course participants will have an understanding of the principles of chemical safety, legislative requirements in respect of chemical safety and will be able to conduct risk assessments on the safe use of chemical agents within the laboratory in accordance with the requirements of relevant legislation and best practice.

Content

  • Chemical Safety Legislation
  • Effects of Chemicals on the Body
  • Classification of Chemical Agents
  • Principles of Safe Storage & Handling
  • Chemical Agents Risk Assessment
  • Control Measures

Duration: 50 minutes

Please register your interest for this course HERE

Interested applicants will be notified in advance as to when this course will be taking place.

Recommended Course to Complete with this Training: Risk Assessment Training

Aimed at

Faculty, Research Staff, Technical Officers and Postgraduate Students

This course is suitable for all staff and postgraduate students working with cryogens as part of their role. This course provides information on the practical aspects of working safely with cryogens in the laboratory setting.


Objectives
At the end of the course participants will have an understanding of the hazards associated with handling cryogens, the risk control measures and carrying out depletion and enrichment measurements.

Content

  • Introduction to Cryogens – Liquid Nitrogen and Dry Ice
  • Hazards of handling cryogens/ liquid nitrogen
  • Safe handling and transportation of liquid nitrogen
  • Control Measure
  • Emergency Response
  • Measuring enrichment and depletion

Duration: 50 minutes

Please register your interest for this course HERE

Interested applicants will be notified in advance as to when this course will be taking place.

Recommended Course to Complete with this Training: Risk Assessment Training

Aimed at

Faculty, Staff, Technical Officers and Postgraduate Students

This course is suitable for all staff and postgraduate students who undertake fieldwork either for research or teaching purposes.  This course provides an introduction to fieldwork safety and how to undertake a fieldwork risk assessment.


Objectives
At the end of the course participants will be able to identify fieldwork hazards and to conduct fieldwork risk assessments.

Content

  • Duties of Participants
  • Preplanning
  • Fieldwork Hazards
  • Safety Equipment Consideration
  • Fieldwork Risk Assessment

Duration:  50 minutes

Please register your interest for this course HERE

Interested applicants will be notified in advance as to when this course will be taking place.

Recommended Course to Complete with this Training: Risk Assessment Training

Aimed at

All Staff and Postgraduate Students

This course is suitable for all staff and postgraduate students who have either volunteered or been nominated to act as a fire Marshal for their School or Unit. This course provides participants with an introduction to fire safety and details of the role of the fire marshal during a fire alarm evacuation. 


Objectives
At the end of the course participants will understand UCD’s fire safety programme, UCD’s emergency response procedures and the role of the fire marshal in building evacuations.

Content

  • Introduction to Building (s)
  • UCD Fire Safety Programme
  • Fire Evacuation Procedure
  • Fire Marshal Role and Responsibilities
  • Fire Response Procedure
  • Fire discovery and Fire Fighting
  • Building Floor Plans and Evacuation routes

Duration: 30 minutes

Please register your interest for this course HERE

Interested applicants will be notified in advance as to when this course will be taking place.

Recommended Course to Complete with this Training: Fire Extinguisher/ Fire Safety Training Course

Aimed at

All staff and Postgraduate Students

This course is open to all staff members and Postgraduate Students who wish to know how to use the Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) which are located around the UCD campus. Certification is accredited by the Irish Heart Foundation/ American Heart Association and is valid for two years.

Objectives

At the end of the course participants will have acquired the basic techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), knowledge of how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and the relief of choking for adults and children. Participants practice their skills with an instructor and must pass a skills test before they receive certification. Successful participants will receive an IHF/AHA course completion card which is valid for 2 years.

Content

  • Adult CPR
  • Child CPR
  • Use of Face Mask Barrier Devices
  • Adult Choking - Conscious and Unconscious
  • Child Choking - Conscious and Unconscious
  • Safe and effective use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Special considerations when using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Skills Group Practice

The additional CFR portion of the course includes:

  • Stroke assessment (FAST Assessment)
  • Heart attack and the administration of aspirin
  • Patient Handover & CFR report
  • Infection Control
  • Post event issues (critical incident stress awareness and debrief)
  • Team resuscitation

Duration: 4hrs

Please register your interest for this course HERE

Interested applicants will be notified in advance as to when this course will be taking place.

This course is run based upon sufficient demand. For further details please contact the SIRC Office at sirc@ucd.ie

Aimed at

Faculty, Research staff, Technical Officers and Postgraduate Researchers

Objectives

This training is to give a basic level of awareness of laser safety. Hazards, biological effects, the importance of risk assessment, legislation and the principles of protection will be covered.

Topics covered are:

  • the risks from laser radiation
  • the principles of laser safety
  • Understand the principles of protection
  • what is required before starting work
  • Know where to go for help or advice

Duration: 2 hours

Please register your interest for this course HERE

Interested applicants will be notified in advance as to when this course will be taking place.

Recommended Course to Complete with this Training: Risk Assessment Training

Aimed at

All staff and Postgraduate students

This training programme is aimed at those staff and Postgraduate Students who may be involved in lifting or moving objects and/or materials as part of their work duties. Refresher training will be at intervals not more than every three years and when there is any major change in the work, loads, activity or equipment used.

Objectives

At the end of the course participants will be able to recognise potentially hazardous handling operations, competently carry out manual handling risk assessments, implement appropriate risk reduction methods and apply good handling technique in accordance with the principles of safe manual handling.  

Content

  • Legislation on Safety and Health, specifically in the area of manual handling
  • Structure and Function of the Spine
  • Risk Factors for Back Injuries and Maintaining a Healthy Back
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
  • Risk Reductions
  • Principles of Safe Manual Handling
  • Practical Participation of Lifting Techniques
  • Manual Handling Techniques and Lifts and Solutions

Duration: 3 hours

Please register your interest for this course HERE

Interested applicants will be notified in advance as to when this course will be taking place.

Recommended Course to Complete with this Training: Risk Assessment Training

Nanomaterials: Laboratory Health and Safety Considerations

Aimed at

Faculty, Research staff, Technical Officers and Postgraduate Researchers

This course is suitable for all staff and postgraduate researchers working with nano materials as part of their role. 

This course provides information on statutory requirements and best practice when working with nanomaterials and also, information on the practical aspects of working safely with nanomaterials in the laboratory setting.

Objectives


At the end of the course participants will have an understanding of the principles of nanomaterials safety, the risk factors to consider, and will be able to conduct risk assessments on the safe use of nanomaterials within the laboratory in accordance with the requirements of relevant legislation and best practice.

Content

  • Exposure to Nanoparticles – Risk Factors
  • High Risk Activities
  • Control Banding
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Reduction

Duration:  50 minutes

Please register your interest for this course HERE

Interested applicants will be notified in advance as to when this course will be taking place.

Recommended Course to Complete with this Training: Risk Assessment Training

Two different Radiation Courses are now offered. 

Course 1. Radiation Protection Supervisor Training

Aimed at

Faculty, Research staff, Technical Officers and Postgraduate Researchers

This course is provided to persons who will be appointed as an RPS or will be handling and directly using:

  • Unsealed radionuclides
  • Sealed radioactive sources
  • X-ray sources

A one-day course (given over two half days, 9am-1pm) run in conjunction with the University Radiation Protection Officer focusing on the nature of radiation and the measures needed to assess the risks and guard against them at the place of work. The course also assesses the legislative requirements of licensing.

Objectives

At the end of the course participants will be able to identify ionising radiation hazards and to conduct a radiation risk assessment.

Content

  • The nature of ionising radiations, their effects and quantification of harm
  • radiation protection principles and the importance of the ALARP principle.
  • Acknowledge and appreciate the external and internal radiation hazard.
  • Become familiar with practical radiation protection techniques (for all source types).
  • Use quantities for measuring dose, dose rate and exposure
  • The range of active and passive radiation / contamination monitoring
  • Techniques available for assessing personal and environmental exposure.
  • Know how to choose the correct technique for your area of work.
  • Understand and use the principles of risk assessment to assist in assessing exposure and its significance and relevance to specified dose limits.
  • Be aware of the legislation which underpins radiation protection and how the RPS fits into the regulatory framework (and where they do not).
  • Be familiar with radiation protection management procedures (e.g. designation of areas, written systems of work, classified radiation workers).
  • Know when local rules are required, what they should contain and who should write them.
  • Understand the role of the RPS (what you need to do and what you invariably end up doing).
  • Appreciate the importance of good record keeping.
  • Understand the role of the RPA (and how to use them).
  • Understand the responsibility of the radiation employer.
  • Recognise the implications of a radiation incident and appreciate the importance of contingency planning.

Duration: Two half days  

Please register your interest for this course HERE

Interested applicants will be notified in advance as to when this course will be taking place.

Course 2. Radiation Awareness Training (2 hours)

Aimed at

Faculty, Research staff, Technical Officers and Postgraduate Researchers

This course is provided to persons who work indirectly with or around radioactive materials under the premise that every person working within a radionuclide lab should know the basics about radioisotopes and their effects.

A 2hr course run in conjunction with the University Radiation Protection Officer focusing on the nature of radiation and the measures needed to assess the risks and guard against them at the place of work. The course also assesses the legislative requirements of licensing.

Objectives

To provide both the radiation and laboratory worker with basic information needed to protect himself/herself and to understand and comply with legislative requirements.

Topics covered are:

  • Nature and Characteristics of Radiation and Radioactivity
  • Radiation Detection and Measurement
  • Possible Hazards of Radiation Including Hazards to the Fetus
  • Dose and Exposure Limits
  • Safety Practices Which Can Reduce Radiation Exposure to Workers and the Environment
  • Current Regulations and Emergency Procedures

Duration: 2 hours

Please register your interest for this course HERE

Interested applicants will be notified in advance as to when this course will be taking place.

Recommended Course to Complete with this Training: Risk Assessment Training

Aimed at

Faculty, Staff, Technical Officers and Postgraduate Researchers

This course is suitable for all staff and postgraduate researchers who are responsible for or involved in the completion of risk assessments for their area.

Objectives

At the end of the course participants will have an understanding of the legislative requirements, the available UCD resources and will be able to conduct a risk assessment for their area.  

Contents

  • Workplace Safety    
  • Health and Safety Legislation
  • Risk Assessment Process
  • Available resources, templates and sample risk assessments

Duration:  50 minutes

Please register your interest for this course HERE

Interested applicants will be notified in advance as to when this course will be taking place.

Aimed at

All staff and Postgraduate Students

This course is designed to give all staff and postgraduate students introductory information on health and safety, including an overview of what the University’s safety policies and procedures are. 

Objectives

At the end of the course participants should be aware of the role of the SIRC Office, the comprehensive number of health and safety guidance documents which the SIRC Office have produced and the training available from the SIRC Office. Participants will be introduced to workplace health and safety legislation and will gain knowledge of the safety documentation structure in UCD along with the University’s various safety policies and procedures. This training will also help participants to decide, in conjunction with their line manager, what further training and safety specific advice they may require as part of their role. 

Content

  • Safety Management in UCD
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • UCD Emergency Response Procedures
  • Other Resources and Supports

Duration: <15 minutes

Steps to accessing UCD Safety Induction Training on Brightspace:

1. Go to https://brightspace.ucd.ie/ and login using your UCD Connect login and password

2. Click on 'Explore' on header options

3. Select the 'UCD Safety Induction Training'

4. Select option to 'Enroll in Course' 

5. Select option to 'Open Course'

6. Select 'My Learning' from header options 

7. 'UCD Safety Induction Training' will appear under learning materials on the left hand side of the screen.

Further Training Courses

In addition to the list above, courses can be tailored to suit the needs of a particular group and further training courses can be designed or sourced as required. Requests should be made to the local Safety Committee, Safety Coordinator or Head of School / Unit in the first instance, who will then contact our office.

Individual courses are run based upon sufficient demand. For further details on any course please contact the SIRC Office at sirc@ucd.ie

In the case where an external facilitator, or specialist training provider, is required this may incur costs to the recipient.

Aimed at

All staff and Postgraduate Students

This training programme is designed to train staff and Postgraduate Students in the use of Fire Extinguishers. This course includes a classroom-based presentation, and a practical session undertaken outdoors.

Objectives

At the end of the course participants will be able to classify fires, identify the type of fire extinguishers to use on different fires, and use a fire extinguisher.


Content

  • Introduction to the principles of Fire Safety
  • Different classes of fires and types of firefighting equipment
  • When to use the appropriate Fire Extinguisher
  • Practical firefighting techniques

Duration: 2hrs

Please register your interest for this course HERE.

Interested applicants will be notified in advance as to when this course will be taking place.

Recommended Course to Complete with this Training: Fire Marshal Training

3 Day First Aid Response (FAR) Training Course

Aimed at
Administrative and Support staff, Academic / Research staff, Technical Officers

At the end of the course there is an exam, after which the staff member will receive a Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) Certificate in First Aid Response, which is valid for two years. Staff should note that attendance at all classes is necessary before one may sit the exam. A 2-Day Refresher course is required at least every 2 years to recertify.

Objectives
At the end of this three day course and on completion of an assessment, the participant will be a certified first aider with the necessary skills to administer first aid in the workplace  

Content

•    First aid in the workplace
•    Respiratory emergencies
•    Cardiac first response, including Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use
•    Wounds and bleeding
•    Altered levels of consciousness
•    Musculoskeletal injuries
•    Burns and scalds; chemicals, electric shock

Please register your interest for this course HERE

Please note, as places on the future courses are limited, the availability of this course is spread out over the whole campus and in the interest of fairness, persons may be selected from different buildings. 

2 Day Refresher Course in First Aid Response (FAR)

Aimed at:

Administrative and Support staff, Academic / Research staff, Technical Officers.

This Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) certified course is for those staff members who have attended a course on First Aid Response in the last two years, and now require a refresher course and re-certification. Course includes practice of all skills; provision of clinical updates and other training needs as identified by the instructor. Please contact the UCD SIRC Office to avail of this training. 

Facilitator: External Facilitator
Duration: 2 days

UCD staff with an Externally Obtained First Aid Response Certificate 

If you have obtained a First Aid Response certificate, awarded by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC), outside of the courses arranged by the UCD SIRC Office, please contact the UCD SIRC Office with the following details:

  • A copy of your most recent cert
  • Date your training was completed

Once confirmed that your certificate is valid and remains current, your details will be added to our records. The SIRC Office will then notify you directly when a refresher course becomes available before your cert expires. These places will be offered on a first come first serve basis.

Advice for First Aid Responders: COVID-19

For current First Aid Responders, a guidance document, the UCD Advice for First Aid Responders: COVID 19, is available which is intended to provide some practical guidance and reassurance to First Aid Responders [FAR] in UCD. Further information can be found on Coronavirus (COVID-19) - First Aid Responder Guidance.

If you have any queries or questions in relation to the above, please do not hesitate to contact the UCD SIRC Office via email sirc@ucd.ie

Contact UCD SIRC Office

University SIRC Office, Roebuck Castle, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 8768 | E: sirc@ucd.ie