OSH10100 OSH Principles

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module introduces you to the principles of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), risk management, health and safety management, and to the major hazards in modern workplaces. It introduces the legislative framework that underpins OSH practice, and includes an overview of the legal system. It provides examples of best practice in health and safety risk management. It (re)introduces you to the principles of learning at University level and enables you to enhance your existing learning and study skills.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module the student should be able:
-To identify and explain the major sources of OSH legislation and the Irish legal system, including compensation rules.
-To explain the differences between criminal and civil law, statute law and common law.
-To discuss the major components of key Irish health and safety legislation.
-To discuss the legal duties of major stakeholders.
-To explain the components of a safety management system and advise on the development of a safety management system for a low-risk business.
-To describe and explain the principles of risk management in the context of OSH.
-To apply the concepts of hazard identification, risk assessment, and controls to work situations.
-To recognise ergonomic, mechanical, chemical, and psychosocial hazards in the Irish workplace setting and make recommendations to mitigate the associated
- To demonstrate ability to engage with learning materials, plan to include study into a busy schedule, and to produce a professional report on an OSH-related topic.

Indicative Module Content:

This module will (re)introduce you to studying at third level, and introduce you to the Irish legal system and OSH law as well as the broad principles of risk management and how they can be applied to OSH management in practice. It will also introduce you to the key hazard groups that affect every workplace: mechanical hazards, ergonomic hazards, chemical hazards and psycho-social hazards.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs
The learning outcomes for this module are consistent with achieving the objectives of SDG 3 (Good Health) and SDG 8 (Decent Work) from an occupational health and well-being perspective, and the objectives of SDG 4 (Quality Education) as this module contributes to fostering an inclusive and equitable education that promotes lifelong learning for all.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Placement/Work Experience


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The key teaching and learning approaches used in this module include:
a) during the trimester you will engage with online lectures, carry out directed reading, and work-based tasks, as well as engaging with peers and tutors through an online group discussion forum and during assessment-related online tutorials during the trimester on Thursday evenings;
b) at a tutorial following the last online lecture in the module you will engage in problem-based learning, case-based learning, and group-work.
You will learn how to use a critical writing approach when preparing your assignments, and you will be encouraged to apply your learning to your work situation.
Tutorial activities normally take place at the end of the module on a single day during which you must attend UCD (subject to national Irish public health requirements prevailing at the time). Your tutor will have planned various activities to facilitate your consolidating your learning from the module.
This module is part of a Blended Learning Certificate Programme; your schedule will specify when in-person attendance is required. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students will normally be working adults, with a strong interest in, and/or some responsibility for, occupational safety and health

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Report applying OSH Legislation and/or Risk Management principles to a specified type of workplace. Unspecified n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: To carry out a basic Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment; providing an evidence-based rationale for risk-ratings. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Study Plan Unspecified n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Your grader will complete a rubric to indicate areas that you completed well and areas that could be improved in each of your assignments. You will receive feedback on your assignment in the form of written annotations on the assessment in Brightspace, and an overarching summary feedback comment. Tutors will give overarching assignment advice based on class-level assignment feedback during tutorials

Name Role
Assoc Professor Conor Buggy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mrs Jamie Campbell Tutor
Mr Tim Cranley Tutor
Mr Darrell Fernandes Tutor
Ms Una Hogan Tutor
Mr Declan Monahan Tutor