Safe Pass is a mandatory one-day health and safety awareness programme.
The aim of the programme is to raise the standard of safety awareness in the construction industry and to ensure that, over time, all site personnel undergo basic health and safety awareness training to enable them to work onsite without being a risk to themselves or others who might be affected by their acts or omissions. Candidates who successfully complete the programme will receive a Safe Pass Registration Card.
Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013, all construction workers in Ireland - including apprentices and trainees - are legally bound to hold a valid Safe Pass Registration Card.
Read more on Safe Pass Legislation here.
The Safe Pass Programme is delivered by SOLAS Approved Training Organisations and tutors. For a full list of Approved Training Organisations and further information on the programme content and fees, see Course Information:
What is Safepass Renewal?
Safe Pass Renewal is a new streamlined system to benefit and support the broader construction sector, enabling a faster and more cost-efficient method to renew Safe Pass cards for all workers in construction. Safe Pass Renewal, offers an alternative process to renew Safe Pass, taking just 45 minutes instead of requiring a full day in the classroom, with cost savings of 50%, at a lower cost of €93.84 euro.
In this alternative model, there is no face-to-face or online tutor-led course. Candidates register with SOLAS, where they can access study or revise material and undertake the test in a registered and controlled test centre. A learner portal containing self-study resources will be made available to candidates wishing to renew their Safe Pass card by using the alternative test-based option. This allows learners to revise for the test and update their knowledge through self-directed learning where they can take a test in a designated test centre.
Where can I learn more about Safepass Renewal?
From 23rd January 2023 a new alternative option to renew your Safe Pass Card will be available to all Safe Pass Cardholders. Learn more about Safe Pass Renewal here and explore some of the FAQ's below.
If your Safe Pass Registration Card has been lost, stolen or damaged you can apply for a replacement which costs €32. Safe Pass cards must be in date in order to be replaced. Replaced cards will have the same expiry date as lost/stolen/damaged cards.
Please complete the Online Replacement Card Form, attach a current passport-quality photograph and complete the online payment. Please remember to use a high-quality photo. Applications may be rejected if your photo is low quality.
Replacement cards are generally issued within two to three weeks of receipt of your fully completed replacement form and correct payment.
There's a step-by-step instructional video below on how to apply for a replacement card.
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 an 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 you or others (such as your Approved Training Provider) will be processed by SOLAS for the purpose of assessing, providing and administrating the Safe Pass Scheme. For further details please see the Data Protection Notice.