Overview of Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013, which were published in August 2013 clarify and strengthen the general duties and roles of all of the key duty-holders including the client, Project Supervisors (both PSDP and PSCS), designers, contractors and employees. The regulations introduce some new duties or modify some of the existing duties of project supervisors and contractors. To accompany the Construction Regulations 2013 the HSA has published two new guidance documents, which will be reviewed during the training course. These regulations apply to all construction projects including the alteration, decoration, maintenance and repair of buildings and the installation, maintenance and removal of mechanical and other systems fixed within or to structures. They place obligations on clients and designers to ensure that safety and health is taken into account before any construction work begins. Contractors must ensure that the work on site is properly co-ordinated and carried out in a safe manner. This half-day course gives an overview of the duties and responsibilities of the key duty-holders.

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What's covered?

  • Safety, Health and Welfare (Construction) Regulations 2013
  • The role, duties and responsibilities of the key duty-holders including the client, Project Supervisors, designers, contractors and employees
  • The Safety and Health Plan and the Safety File
  • Design Risk Assessment (DRA)
  • Hazard identification and risk assessment
  • The role of the HSA
  • The role of the safety advisor, safety representative and others
  • Overview of guidance documents published by the HSA
  • Recent case law relating to the Construction Regulations

Who should participate?

Anybody with an involvement in the planning and supervision of construction and maintenance projects.

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • To understand the changes introduced by the 2013 Construction Regulations.
  • To understand the duties and responsibilities of the key duty holders.
  • To understand the design risk assessment process.
  • To identify the safety aspects of construction projects.
  • To understand the contents of the Guidance documents produced by the HSA.

Who are the tutors?

Finbarr Stapleton

Finbarr Stapleton, Antaris, has a B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry and a Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety and is a member of IOSH. He has over thirty years experience, initially as Laboratory Manager in an Analytical Laboratory, a number of years experience as an EHS Manager in the Food Industry and subsequently in technical consultancy.

He has successfully implemented OHSAS 18001/45001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 in a large number of industries. He has extensive experience of quality management and environmental and health and safety management systems, energy management, waste management as well as environmental and health and safety legislation. He is a qualified Auditor of ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 management systems. Finbarr has also extensive experience of energy management systems such as ISO 50001. He has carried out a number of projects on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
He regularly carries out audits and risk assessments for client companies. He has also qualified as a dangerous goods safety adviser.

Finbarr has assisted a number of companies in making successful applications to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for an IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control) licence and has also carried out Environmental Impact Assessments for a number of companies.

Finbarr also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education. He is the lead tutor for the Nebosh International Certificate and Diploma courses.


Nick Smyth

Nick Smyth graduated from the University of Limerick in 1981 with a BSc in Manufacturing Technology having taken the Materials Engineering specialisation. He has worked as a Technical, Q.A./Materials Engineering and E.H.S. professional for 24 years, which included management roles in Intel Ireland, Johnson and Johnson, DeBeers Industrial Diamond, SPS International, Abbott Ireland and Fulflex International. He holds qualifications in Quality Assurance/Management, Lead Auditing, Safety Health and Welfare at Work, Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Management.

Nick also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education, and a CAE certificate in Accessible Environments and the Disability Discrimination Act.
He joined Antaris in June of 2005 and provides consultancy and SQT training services in his areas of experience and expertise.


Peter Fleming

Peter Fleming is an accomplished EHSQ professional with credible technical insight coupled with best-in-class interpersonal and communication skills. In the last 14 years, he has specialized in the areas of HAZOP, risk assessment, process safety, fire safety and industrial loss prevention. Peter Has worked with over 300 organizations in Europe, China, Middle East, America, Central America primarily focusing on HAZOP studies and Risk Assessment.

Currently, he has been coordinating a number of HAZOP and SIL studies in Jubail and Saudi Arabia. He has also worked as a safety expert responsible for assessing the safety of Ma’aden operations and processes and preparing a safety risk register for Ma’aden Phosphate Company. His work encompassed beneficiation, ammonia, 3 sulfuric acid, 3 phosphoric acid and 4 diammonium phosphate plants. He has also completed a number of HAZOP studies in Saudi Arabia and Qatar for a number of clients.


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