Safe Pass - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Safe Pass?
Safe Pass is a one-day safety awareness programme which is operated by SOLAS aimed at general construction workers, craft workers and "on site" security personnel in the construction industry. The aims of the programme are to:
- raise the standard of safety awareness in the construction industry
- ensure that all site personnel after completing the one day awareness programme can make a positive contribution to the prevention of accidents and ill health while working on the site
- maintain a register of personnel who have received training
- provide participants with a Safe Pass registration card, indicating that the holder has attended a formal course in health and safety awareness
Who needs to do Safe Pass awareness training?
Under the Safety Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013 Safe Pass Safety Awareness Programmes applies to:
- Craft and general construction workers,
- Persons undertaking on-site security work, and
- Persons or classes of persons as may be prescribed by the Minister.
Category of personnel involved in Construction Projects for whom Safe Pass Awareness training is mandatory
- Craft Workers
- General Construction Workers
- Working Chargehands
- On-site Security Workers
- Contractors Drivers On-site
- Delivery Drivers On-site e.g. concrete trucks
- Students on Placement on site
- Students or Temporary staff on construction sites
Why do I need Safe Pass?
The Safe Pass Programme is necessary to make workers aware of the dangers on construction sites so that they will not be a danger to themselves or their co-workers.
Who pays for the Safe Pass course?
Generally the employer pays for the Safe Pass course. The employer under section 10, 25 & 26 of Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act, 2005 is responsible to allow employees time off from their duties for awareness training as may be reasonable having regard to their health and safety without loss of remuneration.
What areas are served by public tranport with direct connections to NISO training centre in Dublin:
The following areas are served by direct bus / luas routes:
Artane, Ballymount, Belgard, Blackhorse, Bluebell, Bolbrook, Busáras, Cheeverstown, City Centre, Citywest, Clare Hall, Connolly Station, Cookstown, Coolock, Cork Street, Crumlin Road, Dolphin’s Barn, Donnycarney, Drimnagh, Fairview, Fatima, Fettercairn, Fortunestown, George’s Dock, Goldenbridge, Greenhills Road, Heuston, James’s Hospital, Jobstown, Kingswood, Kylemore, Long Mile Road, Lower Ballymount Road, Mayor Square, NCI, Old Bawn, Pearse Street, Raheen, Raheny, Red Cow, Ringsend, Ringsend Road, Saggart, Smithfield, Spencer Dock, Suir Road, Tallaght, Tara Street Station, The Point, Tymon Park Road, Walkinstown.
When do I need to renew my Safe Pass training?
Safe Pass awareness training should be renewed every 4 years.
What is the minimum age for Safe Pass Awareness Training?
You must be at least 16 years of age at the time of training.
Is there a minimum or maximum size class?
Under SOLAS rules, there must be a minimum of 8 persons and a maximum of 20 persons for the course to operate. Please note that these are SOLAS rules and not NISO rules.
Safe Pass equivalent courses
Schedule 4 of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013 provides for the recognition of equivalent safety awareness schemes approved by SOLAS. The Construction Skills Register (CSR Northern Ireland) one day health and safety course is the only course recognised as equivalent to the SOLAS Safe Pass course. Any person wishing to avail of this recognition must be in possession of a current CSR Health and Safety card.
Replacement Safe Pass Cards - Lost Safe Pass Cards
Replacement SOLAS Safe Pass Cards can be obtained by filling in an application form and paying the appropriate fee [currently €25].
Address for correspondence: SOLAS Safe Pass Registration, Safe Pass Scheme Services To Business Administration Unit, 23-25 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4. Tel: 01 533 2500
Ensure that the training organisation you select is an Approved Training Organisation registered with SOLAS for the provision of Safe Pass training.
The National Irish Safety Organisation is an approved Training Organisation registered with SOLAS. [Organisation ID Number: 903826]
To Find an Approved Training Organisation please click on this link
What do I bring on the day of the course?
- Passport sized picture (this can be provided at a cost of €8 on the day [Dublin only] if prior notice is received) [For SOLAS Safe Pass card]
- Identification (ID) e.g. drivers licence, passport
- An Irish PPS number (for participants residing in Ireland only) [SOLAS requirement].
- A process number (for participants residing outside of Ireland with no Irish PPS number). This is obtainable from SOLAS prior to the commencement of the course [SOLAS requirement].
- Payment or proof of payment
- One current passport size photograph (this can be provided at a cost of €8 on the day [Dublin only] if prior notice is received) [For SOLAS Safe Pass card]
- Proof of Identification (ID): e.g. drivers licence, passport or public service card.
- The course is taught in English unless previously arranged (all participants are required to have a good working knowledge of the English language).
- Participants should tell us if they have any special needs when booking the course.
Applications submitted on behalf of non-national candidates who are temporarily working for a specified period of time on a main contract in the Republic of Ireland and are employed by a subcontracting construction company must provide evidence as documented in the application/registration form in addition to evidence of their employment status and their national security number from their country of origin. Only in these circumstances may a SOLAS Safe Pass process number be obtained.
The details for SOLAS Safe Pass registration for non-national candidates must contain:
- Candidates first name
- Candidates surname
- Candidates Date of Birth
- Candidates Country of Origin
- Candidates Social Security / PPS Number
- Candidates Employer
- Employers Address / Email
- Main Contractor
- Main Contractor Address / Email
- Site Location
- Process Number
More information can be obtained from SOLAS on 01 607 0500 or their website www.solas.ie
Information relating to Safe Pass above courtesy of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and SOLAS as at May 2015