TUC Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Online

This course will help experienced safety reps develop their understanding of health and safety principle and practice.

The course gives learners the opportunity to question the development and function of health and safety law, discover how to build trade union organisation for health and safety and tackle some of the health, safety, welfare and environmental problems that workers currently face.

Who is the course for?

The course is designed specifically for experienced health and safety reps.

How long is the course?

The course is delivered over three terms.

What will the course help me to do?

The course will help you:

  • question the development and function of health and safety law
  • discover how to build trade union organisation for health and safety
  • tackle some of the health, safety, welfare and environmental problems that workers currently face.

What subjects will be studied?

The TUC Diploma is accredited by the NOCN and is divided into several units - three core units and four study skills units - see below.

Occupational Health, Safety, Welfare and Environment Unit

This unit focuses on four main topics, occupational health, safety welfare and environment problems at work, sources or information, the use of evidence in a problem solving process, and trade union strategies for tackling priority issues.

This unit will help you to understand:

  • health, safety, welfare and environmental problems
  • key sources of information on health, safety, welfare and environmental problems
  • evidence to support solutions to priority problems
  • trade union strategies for tackling priority problems

Occupational Health and Safety Organisation Unit

This unit focuses on two main topics, union organisation and management organisation.

This unit will help you to understand:

  • the role of your union health and safety organisation at a local level
  • the role of your union health and safety organisation at a national and international level
  • the principles of health and safety management
  • the role of occupational health and safety services

Occupational Health and Safety Law Unit

This unit focuses on four main topics: the criminal legal system for occupational health and safety and improvements needed; the civil legal system for occupational health and safety and improvements needed; the way laws are developed in the UK and how trade unions can influence these developments; the way international standards are developed and how trade unions can influence these developments.
This unit will help you to understand:

  • the way the criminal and civil legal systems cover occupational health and safety
  • ways in which occupational health and safety law could be improved
  • how occupational health and safety law is developed
  • how trade unions can influence the development of occupational health and safety law

What are the entry requirements?

Union safety representatives who wish to take this course should have:

  • previously attended the TUC stage 1 and 2 Health and Safety Courses; or
  • obtained 8 30-hour NOCN credits, with a minimum of 4 credits at Level 2 (24 10-hour NOCN credits); or
  • obtained a suitable equivalent to the two categories above through their own union's courses or from elsewhere.

Please note all applicants to the online course will be required to complete a second stage application form detailing the knowledge and experience that they have gained as a trade union health and safety rep. This will be used by tutors to assess applicants suitability for the course.

What qualifications will be awarded?

On completion of the course successful candidates will receive the TUC Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

Can I get time off to learn?

Union representatives who wish to attend TUC courses in working time should first ask their employer for time off with pay. The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and the Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations 1977 give accredited union and safety representatives a legal right to reasonable time off with pay to attend courses approved by the TUC or their union. Guidance towards establishing what constitutes reasonable time off can be found in the ACAS Code of Practice (PDF).

Representatives who find difficulty in obtaining paid time off to attend TUC courses should seek assistance from their senior union representative or full time union officer.

Can I get time off for online courses?

Online learning should not be seen as an alternative to paid release from work. The law still applies, whether learning takes place away from work or in work, at a workstation or in a company learning centre.

How much is the course?

There are no course fees for union reps from TUC affiliated unions. However there are some publications which are important references. These may not be supplied and you may wish to discuss with your union any arrangements for funding the cost of these materials.

Further Information

If you require any further information about this course, please contact: TUC Education Online e: [email protected] t: 020 7467 1289

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