Safe Pass – Health and Safety Awareness Training Programme ________________________________________________________________________________
Important Notice: From 1 June 2019 the Safe Pass replacement card fee will increase to €32. Cards applied for on or after 1 June 2019 will incur the revised fee.
The SOLAS Safe Pass Programme was developed following an initiative by the Construction Industry Training Committee. This initiative was incorporated into the Construction Safety Partnership Plan which was launched by Tom Kitt T.D., Minister for Labour, Trade and Consumer Affairs in October 2000. Detailed consultation took place between SOLAS and expert working groups representing the Social Partners with the support of the Construction Industry Training Committee. The consultation focused on the content and delivery of the SOLAS Safe Pass Programme and took into account the target group to whom it was to be delivered.
The Health and Safety Awareness Training provided under the SOLAS Safe Pass Programme complies with the provisions of the:-
- Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work Act 2005,
- Safety Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, 2007.
- Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013.
It is important to note that the SOLAS Safe Pass Programme
does not relieve employers of their statutory duty to provide other appropriate health and safety training for their employees.
The aim of the SOLAS Safe Pass Programme is to:-
- raise the standard of safety awareness in the construction industry;
- ensure that, over time, all site personnel undergo basic health and safety awareness training to enable them to work on-site without being a risk to themselves or others who might be affected by their acts or omissions;
- maintain a Register of personnel who have undertaken the Safe Pass Programme;
- issue a SOLAS Safe Pass Registration Card to those who successfully complete the programme which informs employers that the card holder has attended a formal course in health and safety awareness.
Note: Construction workers are bound by law to hold a valid Safe Pass Registration Card.
The Safety Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013 (Part 1, Section 4) provides details on the categories/occupations for which a SOLAS Safe Pass Registration Card is required. Construction Apprentices registered under the Standards Based Apprenticeship Scheme, and trainees undergoing Traineeships in the Construction Industry are also required to have a SOLAS Safety Awareness Registration Card,
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SAFE PASS TUTORS
Tutors delivering the SOLAS Safe Pass Health and Safety Awareness Training Programme must meet the training and assessment criteria as determined by SOLAS.
The documents below provide an overview of the Safe Pass programme and set out the criteria and process for becoming a Safe Pass Tutor
Overview of Safe Pass
Guide to SP Tutor Approval Process
The application form to become an Approved Safe Pass Tutor has been updated and must be completed electronically. The new form is effective immediately. This is the only form that will be accepted and handwritten forms will be returned. To request an application form please email email@example.com
SAFE PASS APPROVED TRAINING ORGANISATIONS
The application form to become an Approved Training Organisation has been updated and must be completed electronically. The new form is effective immediately. This is the only form that will be accepted and handwritten forms will be returned. To request an application form please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For existing Approved Training Organisations wishing to renew their registration please email email@example.com to request an application form.
Prior to arranging for participants to attend the SOLAS Safe Pass Programme, employers are advised to check the SOLAS website to ensure that the Training Provider/Tutor has been approved by SOLAS, click here for list of Approved Training Organisations.
COURSE CONTENT/LEARNING UNITS
The SOLAS Safe Pass Programme has a duration of 1 day and consists of 13 learning units as follows:-
| LEARNING UNIT
|Learning Unit 1
||Introduction to Site Safety
|Learning Unit 2
||Legislation and Site Safety
|Learning Unit 3
||Site Accident Reporting
|Learning Unit 4
||Introduction to Risk Assessment
|Learning Unit 5
||Risk Assessment for Electricity
|Learning Unit 6||Risk Assessment for Excavations|
|Learning Unit 7||Risk Assessment for Heights |
|Learning Unit 8||Behaviour-Based Safety|
|Learning Unit 9||Site Safety and Construction Equipment|
|Learning Unit 10||Site Safety and Construction Vehicles |
|Learning Unit 11||Personal Health and Welfare|
|Learning Unit 12||Noise and Vibration|
COURSE PARTICIPANT FEE
Each Approved Training Organisation (ATO) charges a participant fee for attendance on a Safe Pass Programme. The participant fee covers the cost of the training programme and also includes a charge for the administration of the SOLAS Safe Pass Registration Card. For further information on course fees please check with your chosen ATO, click here for the list of Approved Training Organisations.
ISSUING OF SAFE PASS REGISTRATION CARDS
Upon successful completion of the SOLAS Safety Awareness Training Programme, participants will be issued with a SOLAS Safe Pass Registration Card.
On completion of the Safe Pass Programme the Tutor uploads the participant's results onto the SOLAS Card Management System. Registration Cards are printed twice per week by the Printing Company and the Printing Company issues the Card directly to the ATO/Tutor for distribution to the participant. It takes approximately 5 working days, from the date the Tutor uploads the participant's file to the SOLAS database, for Registration Card to be issued to the Tutor. Delays in issuing a Registration Card may be encountered if there are any queries/errors arising regarding the information provided in the participant's file.
Safe Pass Registration Cards are issued for
four years after which time the card holder
must attend a Safe Pass course to update their safety awareness training. A new Safe Pass Registration Card will be issued on successful completion of the training course.
REPLACEMENT OF SAFE PASS REGISTRATION CARD
If your card has been lost, stolen or damaged you can apply for a replacement card by completing the Online
Replacement Card Form, attach a current photograph and make an online payment for the sum of €32. Click here for Online Replacement Application
Please ensure you use a passport quality photograph as this is the main reason we have to reject Application Forms.
Safe Pass Registration Cards which are being replaced are sent by the printing company directly to the individual requesting the Safe Pass Card. Replacement cards are generally issued within 2-3 weeks of receipt of fully completed Replacement Form and correct payment.
RECOGNITION OF EQUIVALENT SAFETY SCHEMES
Schedule 4 of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013 provides for the recognition of equivalent safety awareness schemes approved by SOLAS. The Construction Skills Register (CSR Northern Ireland) one day health and safety course is the only course recognised by SOLAS as equivalent to the SOLAS Safe Pass course.
Any person wishing to avail of this recognition must be in possession of a current CSR Health and Safety card.
Information provided by Participants, Applicants or others (such as the Training Provider) will be processed by SOLAS for the purposes of assessing, providing and administering the Safe Pass Scheme. For further details please see this Data Protection Notice