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What is Safe Pass?

21 June 2018

Safe Pass at Work (Not currently an Online Course)

Safe Pass is a one day safety awareness programme aimed at construction workers.  The aims of the programme are to raise the standard of safety awareness in the construction industry and that all construction workers after completing the one day awareness programme can make a positive contribution to the prevention of accidents and ill health while working on the site.

The Safe Pass programme is operated and managed by Solas.

SafePass is a general awareness programme and does not negate the duty of the employer under the Act in regards to the provision of information, instruction and training to enable the person to carry out their work safely.

Who needs to do Safe Pass awareness training?

Under the Safety Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013  Safe Pass / Safety Awareness Programmes only applies to –

(a) Craft and general construction workers,

(b) Persons undertaking on-site security work, and

(c) Persons or classes of persons as may be prescribed by the Minister.

The Health and Safety Authority in conjunction with the Construction Advisory Committee have produced a summary guide of the categories of persons to whom Safe Pass does and does not apply.

Summary checklist for Safe Pass

Category of personnel involved in Construction Projects Is Safe Pass or equivalent mandatory Category of personnel involved in Construction Projects Is Safe Pass or  equivalent mandatory
Craft Workers Yes Project Managers/Site Agents not involved in construction activities No
Apprentices Yes Site Managers not involved in construction activities No
General Construction Workers Yes Safety Advisor’s or Safety Officers not involved in construction work No
Working Chargehands Yes
On-site Security Workers Yes PSDP/PSCS No
Contractors Drivers On-site Yes Inspectors/Consultants No
Delivery Drivers On-site e.g. concrete trucks Yes Clients & Client Reps No
Students on Placement  on site Yes
Delivery Drivers Not On-site e.g. delivering to compounds, canteens,offices No Supervised Visitors No
Canteen Staff No Archaeologists No (see below)
Site Office Staff No Sales Representatives No
Architects, Surveyors, Engineers No Visitors to Show Houses No