The SOLAS Safe Pass Programme was developed following an initiative by the Construction Industry Training Committee.
Aims of Safe Pass
- To raise the standard of safety awareness in the construction industry;
- To ensure that all site personnel undergo basic health and safety awareness training with a view to making a positive contribution to the prevention of accidents and avoidance of health hazards;
- To maintain a register of personnel who have received such training;
- To provide all participants with a SOLAS Safe Pass registration card which will indicate that the holder has attended a formal course in health and safety awareness.
- Improved safety culture;
- Reduction in accidents on site;
- Reduction in lost time due to accidents;
- Improved employee morale;
- Identification of personnel with recognised safety awareness training.
- Improved health and safety awareness;
- Recognition of safety training;
- Personal development
- Provision of a Safe Pass registration card;
- Improved employment prospects.
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 training modules incorporated within the one-day Safe Pass Programme are:
- Promoting a Safety Culture;
- Duties and Responsibilities at Work;
- Accident Reporting and Prevention;
- Working at Heights;
- Excavations and Confined Spaces;
- Working with Electricity Underground and Overhead Services;
- Personal Protective Equipment;
- Use of Hand Held Equipment, Tools and Machinery;
- Safe Use of Vehicles;
- Noise and Vibration;
- Manual Handling;
- Health and Hygiene.
The health and safety awareness training provided under the SOLAS Safe Pass Programme – while complying with the provisions of the Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work Act 2005, the Safety Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, and the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2006 – must not be seen to relieve employers of their statutory duty to provide other appropriate health and safety training for their employees.