This programme gives students the knowledge and skills to protect workers from injuries and fatalities, prevent illness caused by work, promote health and wellbeing, and advise employers on health and safety law. Students also learn how to prepare, implement and monitor safety management systems in the workplace.
This degree engages students in a dynamic and innovative way, Year 1 through to Year 3. Students learn how to effectively work with people by working within groups and teams to solve real workplace safety and health issues. The degree gives a blend of theoretical and practical learning through lectures, laboratory based monitoring, site visits, case studies and enquiry based learning.
The degree provides students with the knowledge and skills to put in place environmental, health and safety management systems in the workplace. This combined with the fact that our graduates will also be qualified to act as trainers, makes them highly sought after by employers.
This is the longest running Occupational Safety and Health honours degree programme in the country, and our graduates are employed across all sectors. This includes everything from manufacturing to construction and retail to public bodies. Our graduates are qualified to act as a health and safety or environmental, health and safety manager in any workplace.
Students study the biological and chemical sciences which underpin occupational safety and health, and develop a range of communication and IT skills.
Students study important safety and environmental topics, including safety law, manual handling instruction training, construction technology, occupational safety and health, biological health hazards and environmental water quality.
In Year 3, there is a focus on applying the knowledge and skills students have developed on the programme during the previous two years. Modules include Construction Safety and Contractor Management, Management of Hazardous Materials, Occupational Hygiene, Occupational Health and Health Promotion, Safety and Health Legislation, and Environmental Topics.
This degree is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the only chartered body for health and safety practitioners and the world’s largest health and safety professional membership organisation. This qualifies students to take up a career as a Health and Safety Advisor or Manager in any type of industry, anywhere in the world.
Entry requirements for CAO courses at ATU Sligo are available for download below:
Graduates work as safety advisors, health and safety officers, safety training consultants, site safety officers and safety coordinators in a wide range of sectors. These sectors include pharmaceuticals, chemicals, electronics, the food and beverage sector, mining, construction, commercial, wholesale, transport, retail and in the health sector.
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 was brought in to make provision for the safety, health and welfare of persons at work. This Act clarifies and enhances the responsibilities of employer‘s, the self-employed, employees and various other parties in relation to safety and health at work. This has resulted in a huge amount of employment opportunities for our graduates every year.
The typical starting salary for graduates is €32k. This degree is also accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the world’s largest health and safety professional membership organisation. This allows our graduates to take up employment anywhere in the world. Our graduates are working across Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA.
Students are also qualified manual handling trainers and visual display unit assessors when they graduate.
Level 7 graduates can progress to the final year of our Level 8 degree - AU967 BSc (Hons) in Occupational Safety and Health
Level 8 graduates may progress to the two-year online Masters in Environmental Health and Safety Management in ATU Sligo.
Level 8 graduates may progress to a range of other Masters and PhD options in ATU Sligo or at other third level institutions.
“Over the past number of years, Glanbia has been delighted to host work placement students from the Occupational Safety and Health degree in ATU Sligo. The quality of students has been excellent, with students showing a high level of technical knowledge, enthusiasm and strong interest in health & safety.
Two of our core values here at Glanbia are ‘Find a Better Way’ and ‘Performance Matters’. The placement students have demonstrated these values through their ability to question our methods and systems, and their willingness to learn new skills”.
Did you know?
We also offer this degree at Level 8 - AU967 BSc (Hons) in Occupational Safety and Health
Students are qualified manual handling trainers and visual display unit assessors when they graduate.
This degree is essentially applied science rather than the science students may know from secondary school. Occupational safety and health in the workplace covers areas such as chemical safety, occupational health, exposure to noise, dust and gases.
The degree gives a blend of theoretical and practical learning through lectures, laboratory based monitoring, site visits, case studies, enquiry based learning and work placement.
This is the longest running Occupational Safety and Health honours degree programme in the country.
The typical starting salary for graduates is €32k+.
This degree is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the only chartered body for health and safety practitioners and the world’s largest health and safety professional membership organisation.
"One of the main things I noticed when studying Occupational Safety and Health in ATU Sligo, is that each module begins at a basic level.Through a great mix of theory lectures and practical labs, my knowledge grew gradually over the semesters to an advanced level.
Group work is a huge focus in the degree, especially Enquiry Based Learning (EBL). This has greatly boosted my confidence in presenting in front of crowds, communicating professionally and working efficiently as part of a team. When I chose to study this degree, I could never have imagined the huge range of opportunities that it would open for me."
Michael Murray, BSc (Hons) in Occupational Safety and Health graduate
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|Information Technology 1||05|
|Occupational Safety and Health Enquiry Based Learning 1||10|
|Chemistry And Chemical Hazards 1||05|
|Occupational Safety and Health Enquiry Based Learning 2||10|
|Mathematics for Science 2||05|
|CHEMISTRY AND CHEMICAL HAZARDS 2||05|
|Hazard and risk control||05|
|Electricity, Machinery and Fire Safety||05|
|Occupational Safety And Health Enquiry Based Learning 3||05|
|Environmental Water Quality||05|
|Occupational Hygiene Physical Agents||05|
|Safety Legislation 1||05|
|Manual Handling Instructor Training||05|
|Data and Statistics in Health||05|
|Workstation assessor training||05|
|Occupational Safety and Health Enquiry Based Learning 4||05|
|Biological Health Hazards in the Workplace||05|