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HSA Launches Online Safety Course for Small Contractors and Self-Employed

Introduction to Construction Safety for Small Contractors

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has launched a short, interactive online course titled ‘An Introduction to Construction Safety for Small Contractors and the Self-Employed’. The course has been developed by the HSA with the support of the CIF, in order to provide relevant health and safety information to small construction contractors and to raise awareness of the importance of occupational safety, health and welfare in construction.

30-Minute Online Course

The 30-minute course is free and can be accessed through the Authority’s e-learning portal, http://hsalearning.ie. The course is aimed at construction contractors: in particular small contractors and the self-employed. It is also suitable for employers and employees working in the construction sector, key duty holders, or those employing small contractors to carry out work.

On successful completion of this course learners should be able to:

  • Identify key duties under health and safety legislation,
  • Recognise key hazards and risks in construction,
  • Understand the consequences of unsafe work practices, and
  • Source relevant information on construction health and safety, including the Safety Statement.

Small Contractors More Likely To Have Fatal Accidents

“Recent research by the HSA shows that smaller contractors are more than three times more likely to have fatal accidents than larger organisations,” said Michael McDonagh, Head of Construction Policy with the HSA. “This course offers learners an insight into the requirements of the Construction Regulations and practical safety and health on site. It highlights some of the key hazards in the sector and will be a useful resource, particularly for small contractors and sole traders.”

To see the full range of HSA online courses on offer visit www.hsalearning.ie