RDEV20140 Health, Welfare & Safety in Agriculture

Academic Year 2022/2023

1. This is an undergraduate module designed for students of Agricultural Science who are required to undertake professional work experience (PWE). It focuses on developing greater awareness and knowledge of health and safety issues related to agriculture, the food industry and associated areas. Content includes the work environment; the legal environment and health and safety legislation in Ireland; insurance; health and safety management and work systems; manual handling; chemical safety and other psycho-social hazards; health and welfare. The module will also contain a training component related to Agricultural Science Programme Majors.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to: 1 Recognise major risk areas related to agriculture, food and related areas. 2 Understand the legal requirements surrounding the workplace environment. 3 Conduct a risk assessment and assess the safety status of a workplace environment. 4 Be able to recognise incorrect procedures regarding the use of mechanical equipment. 5 Be able to assess the economic and social impact of health.
Passing this module is a requirement for Practical Work Experience.

Indicative Module Content:

Key topics that will be addressed include: work place fatalities and accidents; work place safety; legislation and insurance information; risk assessment; manual handling; health; chemical and laboratory safety and practical sessions.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module will be delivered via lectures and two practical sessions. On completion of the practical sessions students will undertake a project. Students are assessed on all aspects of the module. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:


Learning Exclusions:


Learning Recommendations:

A general knowledge of agriculture and related areas at university level

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Health and Safety on Farms (RDEV30080)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: MCQ 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Project: project related to degree option Week 11 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


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

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Group feedback will be provide through the VLE on project assessment.