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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, click here for details.

Tutors delivering the SOLAS Safe Pass Health and Safety Awareness Training Programme must meet the training and assessment criteria as determined by SOLAS.

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.

The SOLAS Safe Pass Programme has a duration of 1 day and consists of 13 learning units as follows:-

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
Learning Unit ​​13​Personal Protective Equipment

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.

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. 

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 €32Click 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.

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 Construction Skills Certification Scheme.  For further details please see this Data Protection Statement