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Health and Safety Training Course Information  

Health & Safety Induction 

New employees must attend a Health and Safety Induction session as soon as possible after commencement of employment. The Health and Safety Induction session will introduce new employees to the health and safety policy and procedures of the College.

  • Health and Safety Policy, legislation, and the Safety Statement
  • Emergencies, safe evacuation procedures, emergency telephone number and fire assembly points
  • Know what procedures to follow and actions to take in the event of a fire alarm sounding or other emergency
  • Accident, Incident and hazard reporting
  • Welfare facilities and first aid
  • College Smoking policy
  • Office Safety/ Display Screen Equipment/ VDU Eyesight Testing

Dates: January and September every year

Trainer: Health and Safety Officer

Course Duration: 1.5 hours

Occupational First Aid Course

Occupational first aid training courses are provided onsite at the College by the Health and Safety Office to maintain an adequate number of trained first aiders. Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, General Application Regulations 2007 (Occupational First Aid S.I. No. 299), there is a requirement on employers based on a risk assessment to have a sufficient number of Occupational First Aiders trained and deployed in the workplace.

At the end of the course there is a short exam, after which the employee will receive a Certificate in Occupational First Aid. The Occupational First Aid certificate is valid for two years. This training course will deal with how to react to common accidents that occur in the workplace, or in the home, until medically qualified personnel arrive.

The contents of the course include:

  • The Law: Employers and Employees duties and responsibilites
  • The Role and Function of an Occupational First Aider
  • Maintaining safe systems of work
  • Accident Reporting Techniques
  • Assessment, Accident Scene Management
  • Circulation, Wounds and Bleeding
  • Respiration, Asphyxia and introduction to Basic Life Support (B.L.S)
  • B.L.S. (50% of this section to include practical work)
  • Unconsciousness
  • Fractures, sprains, strains and dislocations
  • Burns/Scalds, Chemical/Poisons and Electric Shock
  • Medical Emergencies, Crush and Spinal Injuries
  • Casualty Transportation
  • Course Examination

Dates: Every year

Trainer: External Instructor approved by HSA

Course Duration: Two days 

The course is structured in accordance with the HSA's guidelines on First Aid at Places of Work. Instructors and examiners are on the register at the National Ambulance Training School maintained on behalf of the Health and Safety Authority.

Occupational First Aid Refresher Course

This is a one day Level 5 QQI Certified Occupational First Aid Refresher course which updates currently certified occupational first aiders. This refresher course ensures first aiders keep up to date with developments in Occupational First Aid practices, changes in legislations and relevant guidance. Upon completion of the course, participants complete a written examination (Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ's)) and practical skills assessment. The certificate is valid for two years. 

Dates: Every year

Trainer: External Instructor approved by National Ambulance Training School and HSA

Course Duration: One Day

Fire Warden Course

In the event of an emergency (or fire evacuation drill) each building must have a sufficient number of Fire Wardens to check on the efficient evacuation of their part of the building, assist employees and students to gather at the external assembly points, and liaise with the evacuation coordinator in terms of missing persons or the location and type of fire. On completion of the Fire Warden course delegates will have a clear understanding of their role as a Fire Warden and the Fire Evacuation Procedures in the College.

Course Content:

  • The role and expected duties of the Fire Warden
  • Fire Evacuation Procedures (Site Specific)
  • Theory of Fire
  • Fire Safety
  • Fire Prevention
  • Fire Fighting - Theory and Practical
  • Walkabout in the buildings to establish and identify means of escape, as well as potential hazards

Dates: Every year

Trainer: External Instructor

Course Duration: Half day

Fire Safety Training

A training course on the selection and use of the correct fire fighting equipment has been organised to ensure that MIC employees are competent in the effective use of portable fire extinguishers. On completion delegates will have a clear understanding of fire safety and the use of fire extinguishers to extinguish small fires in the workplace.

Course Objectives:

  • On completion of this course participants will be able to:
  • Identify possible fire hazards in the workplace
  • List control measures to be put in place
  • Know and understand the uses of the various types of fire extinguishers
  • Select the correct type of fire extinguisher for the task
  • Effective use of extinguishers

The training involves:

  • Explanation of the different types of extinguishers and their suitability for various situations
  • A short video covering various aspects of fire control
  • A hands-on practical exercise allowing participants to use different types of extinguishers

Who is the course intended for:

All employees especially those with a responsibility for fire safety duties in the workplace.

Dates: Every year

Trainer: External Instructor

Course Duration: Half day

Manual Handling

Employees engaged in manual handling tasks are required to receive training in assessment of loads and how to lift and handle loads safely. Due to the wide variety of manual handling tasks, the course content will include both instruction and practical training.


To Increase awareness of safe manual handling of loads and to reduce the risk of occupational injury while carrying out manual handling tasks in the workplace. To identify the skills and techniques involved in safe lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving a load. To gain practice and gain feedback on these skills and techniques. To comply with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, The Safety Health and Welfare at Work, (General Application) Regulations 2007.

Who should attend?

Any person who is involved in manual handling in the College and wants to learn how to conduct a personal risk assessment and move and handle loads safely.

 Course Content

  • Introduction, Health and Safety Legislation, Injury profile
  • Workplace Hazards, Risks of Injury, Exposure Controls
  • Anatomy of Spine, Structure and Functions
  • Body Mechanics, Normal Movement, Dangerous Movement
  • Safe Manual Handling, Eight Principles of Safe Lifting, Theory, Practice
  • Injury Prevention, Exercise, Diet, Rest, Sleep; Sensitive risk groups

A Practical and highly participative approach will be used throughout. When theoretical material is introduced, it will be related to relevant manual handling tasks encountered by employees in the course of their work. The focus will be on actual situations with realistic solutions. 

Dates: Every Year

Trainer: Health and Safety Officer

Course Duration: 2.5 hours

Risk Assessment Training  

Aims and Objectives:

Participants will be given the opportunity to:

  • Know the legal requirements relating to risk assessment
  • Understand the aims of carrying out risk assessment
  • Become familiar with the College's risk assessment procedure

Who should attend: Anyone who is involved in carrying out risk assessment of work activities. 

Dates: Course arranged upon demand

Trainer: Health and Safety Officer

Course Duration: 1.5 hours

Office Ergonomics & VDU Risk Assessment

This course is suitable for employees who use a Visual Display Unit, i.e. a Computer screen for more than 1 hour per day.

The course is designed to provide you with the skills, advice and information necessary to ensure that you can organise your work environment (chair/desk/VDU etc.) to minimise risk to your safety and health.

Following the course you will be able to:

  • adjust your work station including your chair, monitor and desk layout to suit your own body requirements. This will make the work station more comfortable and easy to use for the individual user
  • understand how poor posture can affect your overall well being
  • Tips and guidance on office safety
  • organise your daily work activities to reduce fatigue and keep the blood circulating
  • Familiarise participants with the assessment of workstations
  • Inform participants of their entitlement to eyesight testing and monitoring

Dates: Course arranged upon demand

Trainer: Health and Safety Officer

Course Duration: 1.5 hours


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