If you’re attending a workplace in Ireland, the chances are you will have needed to complete some health and safety courses. Whether you work in an office, or a higher risk environment such as a building site or factory, there will be health and safety concerns specific to your industry that should be addressed.

Because of the variety of workplaces and situations, there are a range of different health and safety courses available to workers across a broad spectrum of industries. Each course is tailored to address the specific needs of different workforces, environments, and levels of risk.

At ASM Group, our friendly team of health and safety experts are here to help you find the right course for you and your colleagues. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular health and safety courses that we at ASM Group see across different industries.

Manual Handling Training

This Manual Handling course is intended for staff engaged in manual handling activities and manual handling of loads during their working day. An example of someone who may require Manual Handling training includes someone who lifts boxes or furniture as part of their role. Manual Handling training is divided into two parts. The training includes a theory portion, which covers topics such as legislation, anatomy and the musculoskeletal system, and body mechanics and injury.

The training also includes a practical portion, which covers practical manual handling techniques including pushing/pulling and performing a 2-person lift. Manual Handling training is usually delivered as a half day training and needs to be refreshed every three years.

Manual Handling training is not to be confused with People Moving and Handling training, which is a training course designed to teach how to safely move people i.e. assisting walking, sitting patient to edge of the bed, turning patient in the bed. People Moving and Handling training has quite a different set of applications and is a popular course among employees working in healthcare settings.

Abrasive Wheel Training

Abrasive Wheel training is legally required for all those who are involved in the purchase & selection, storage & handling, mounting, dressing, and use of abrasive wheels. This includes either fixed (e.g. bench grinders or polishers) or portable (e.g. angle grinders) abrasive wheels.

The course is intended for fitters and operators who use abrasive wheels, as defined in legislation. An example of someone who may require abrasive wheel training would be someone who uses an angle grinder to cut or polish metal, tile, stone etc. Abrasive Wheel training also includes a theory and practical element. Abrasive Wheel training is usually delivered as a half day training and needs to be refreshed every three years.

Working at Height Training

Working at Height training is targeted towards personnel who are required to work at height in course of their work duties. Work at Height regulations place a duty on employers, the self-employed, and any person that controls the work of others to ensure a safe system of work while performing working at height activities.

Examples of working at height activities include, but are not limited to, working on roof tops and working on a ladder. The Working at Height training course from ASM Group includes topics such as prevention, fall restraint and fall arrest, inspection of harnesses/lanyards/anchorage and the safe use of ladders. Working at Height training includes a theory and practical element. Working at Height training is usually delivered as a half day training, and needs to be refreshed every three years.

Safe Pass Training

Safe Pass training is by far one of the most popular courses completed by construction workers. The Safe Pass training course is designed to raise & maintain a high standard of on-site health & safety awareness and to qualify all workers to gain access to construction sites.

SOLAS certified Safe Pass training is a mandatory health and safety course for the construction industry and ensures that all workers on-site have the necessary health and safety awareness to allow them to work without being a risk to themselves or their co-workers. ASM Group delivers the one-day classroom-based training, which can be completed by those who have never previously been Safe Pass trained, as well as those who are renewing their Safe Pass. Course content includes noise and vibration, using personal protective equipment, health and safety legislation, construction regulations, and working near evacuations.

First Aid Responder Training

First Aid Responder training is a PHECC (Pre-Hospital and Emergency Care Council) accredited training targeted towards people who wish to become a First Aider.

Employers have a legal requirement to ensure they have enough qualified First Aid responders in the workplace. The 3-day PHECC approved course includes topics such as patient assessment, incident procedures, Cardiac First Response (CFR) Community, common medical emergencies, injury management & shock, care of an unconscious patient, burns & electrical injury care, and hypothermia & hyperthermia.

The course is usually delivered as a three-day course, with the first day online and two days onsite, or with the whole course completely onsite. The course needs to be renewed every two years.

First Aid Responder Refresher Training

The First Aid Responder Refresher training course is designed for people who have competed the PHECC three-day training and have an in-date PHECC First Aid Responder certificate. In order to be eligible for the refresher, a participant must provide their original certificate.

This course is two days, and can be delivered one day online and one day in person or two days in-person. Both the First Aid Responder training and the Refresher course should not be confused with Mental Health First Aid training, which teaches participants how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems.

Forklift Training

Forklift training is required by all who are required to operate a forklift truck in their workplace as part of their daily duties.

There are actually three different types of Forklift training courses, depending on an operator’s existing experience and qualifications. For example, the Forklift Novice/Beginner course is a three-day course which provides beginner forklift training participants with the knowledge, skills and attitude to enable operatives to use a forklift truck in a safe manner.

The Forklift Experienced course provides experienced but uncertified forklift training course participants with the knowledge, skills and attitude to achieve full certification in the safe operation of a forklift truck, and can be delivered over two days.

The Forklift Refresher course is a one-day course. It is designed to provide certified forklift training course participants with an update on their knowledge, skills and attitude to successfully recertify in the safe operation of a forklift truck.

All of these trainings must be delivered onsite with suitable machinery, and enough space for practical demonstrations. All participants must be medically fit to operate the machinery and wear the correct personal protective equipment.

IOSH Safety Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers

The IOSH Safety Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers course is aimed at personnel who oversee or manage safety, health and environmental risks associated with any construction activities. This course has been rebranded from the IOSH Managing Safely in Construction Course.

This course provides construction site managers with the tools necessary to meet their responsibilities and challenges. In addition, it helps managers recognise the opportunities that a clear focus on safety, health and the environment can give during a construction project.

Topics covered in the course include assessing risks in construction, controlling risks in construction, understanding your responsibilities, identifying hazards in construction, investigating accidents and incidents in construction, and measuring performance in construction.

ASM Group delivers this course over four days, either online or in-person. Participants of the course receive the IOSH Safety Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers workbook, and upon successful completion of the course, an IOSH certificate with an IOSH certificate number. The IOSH certificate and certificate number would be required should a person wish to complete the IOSH Safety Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers Refresher course, which is recommended to be completed within three years after completion of the IOSH Safety Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers course.

Are you looking for top quality health and safety courses in Ireland?

Whether you are managing a construction site, or work in an office, a knowledge of the relevant health and safety information is a must for each and every employee. At ASM Group, we deliver engaging and informative health and safety courses tailored for every workplace need. If you are looking for top quality health and safety training in Ireland, get in touch with ASM Group today.