OSH30010 Safety and Health Legislation

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module provides an opportunity for understanding the legislative environment, current statutory requirements and important developments in legislation relating to safety and health in the workplace at both Irish and European Union levels.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module students will be able to:

Demonstrate a good sense of health and safety legislation and its adaptability to guide safety and health at work;

Discuss the operation of the Irish and European legal system as it applies to safety and health at work;

Analyse the distinctions between civil liability and criminal liability;

Identify the principal features of the legislation on safety and health at work, including enforcement procedures;

Recognise the dynamics of change in the law, influenced in particular by EU and international developments;

Apply legislative requirements to preventive and protective methodologies in the control of occupational risks;

Demonstrate ability to keep up-to-date with changes in legislation.

Indicative Module Content:

Module introduction / Assignment instructions,
Introduction to the Irish Legal System, Introduction to Irish and EU Law, Irish – OSHA, Specific OH&S Considerations in Irish Law, The Role of the HSA, OSH Legislation and Regulation, Civil and Criminal Liability, GDPR for OSH Practitioners

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; critical writing; enquiry & problem-based learning; case-based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Safety and Health Legislation (SHWW30010)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: MCQ Examination 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Assignment: Assignment Week 7 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Student will receive a provisional individual grade in Brightspace within 20 working days of the submission date of the assignment (A, B, C etc. as per UCD grade descriptors). The grade will contribute to the student final’s grade for the module. Each student will receive an assignment feedback sheet on Brightspace.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Conor Buggy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Alison Connolly Tutor