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Occupational Safety and Health Training

Employees must receive the instruction, information and training necessary to safely undertake the responsibilities/duties required of them. This is strongly emphasised in the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.

Training provides our staff with the skills and knowledge required to implement and deliver safe work practices and quality services. Training is a key element in your safety management system, which must be monitored and evaluated to ensure continuous improvement.


Line Managers: must undertake a training needs assessment for their employees based on the risk assessments, policy requirements, job tasks, and a review of accidents and near misses to identify the most suitable form of training. A training matrix has been developed to support the training needs assessment process. Further information on the training needs can be found in FAQ Statutory Occupational Safety and Health Training. Line Managers must also be familiar with the Terms and Conditions of Booking Training.

Training Needs Assessment:

Based on the findings of the needs assessment, managers must develop a schedule of training and ensure that employees attend training or refresher training where necessary. Management must also monitor and identify areas for further training or refresher training as appropriate. Further information on the training needs can be found in FAQ Statutory Occupational Safety and Health Training

Training Records:

It is the responsibility of Line Managers to ensure an appropriate method in place for the recording and maintenance of all training in accordance with legislative requirements. Training records must be available for inspection.

Employee Responsibilities: Under Section 13 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, employees must bring training needs to the attention of their managers and attend any training deemed necessary by the employer to ensure their safety, health and welfare at work. 

Further information on roles and responsibilities can be found in Policy on Statutory Occupational Safety & Health Training.

Statutory Occupational Safety and Health Training Under Level 3 Restrictions

Manual handling, Violence and Aggression and First Aid Practical Training are statutory OSH training and under Level 3 Restrictions they can be provided, subject to the following guidelines on risk assessment and reduction in the training environment:

The Responsible Person (Line Manager) should review their Training Needs Assessment(s), to confirm that face-to-face/practical training is necessary (or essential) and appropriate at this time.

Staff may also “travel for work” under the Government restrictions. This allows staff to attend practical face-to-face training in their county or in another county.

These guidelines will be kept under review.


HSELanD online courses

HSELanD courses can be accessed via: www.hseland.ie 

See Fast Fact:How to Access NHSF HSELanD Elearning Modules for directions to find these courses.

Classroom Based

These courses can be booked by your line manager via the Health and Safety Helpdesk at www.hse.ie/safetyandwellbeing.

See Helpdesk Flowchart for instructions

Mandatory for all Staff
Mandatory for Staff with Line Manager responsibilities
Based on Training Needs Assessment

For Staff:

For Managers:

For Staff: