Employers are required by law to ensure that employees on construction sites in Ireland carry Safe Pass cards. As a result, employers must ensure that all employees are properly trained. The health and safety awareness training provided under the FÁS Safe Pass Programme complies with the provisions of the Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work Act 2005.

Aims of the Safe Pass programme

Raise the standard of safety awareness in the Irish construction industry

Ensure that all construction site workers undergo basic health and safety awareness training with the view to making a positive contribution to the prevention of accidents and avoidance of health hazards

Maintain a register of construction site and local authority workers who have received such health and safety training

Provide all Safe Pass participants with a FÁS Safe Pass registration card that will indicate that the holders have attended a formal course in health and safety awareness.

Safe Pass Registration Cards

You will be issued with a Safe Pass Registration Card once you successfully complete the one-day Safe Pass training programme.

This card lasts for 4 years from the date of the training course.

You must then undergo a further Safe Pass training course when your Safe Pass card expires.

Content of the Safe Pass programme

The training modules in the Safe Pass Programme are:

Promoting a safety culture

Duties and responsibilities at work

Accident reporting and prevention

Working at heights

Excavations and confined spaces

Working with electricity, underground and overhead services

Personal protective equipment

Use of hand held equipment and tools

Safe use of vehicles

Noise and vibrations

Manual handling

Health and hygiene

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