What is Safe Pass and the Safe Pass Course

What is Safe Pass and the Safe Pass Course?

Safe Pass is a programme in Ireland designed to improve and standardize the health and safety of construction sites in Ireland. It comprises of a one-day safety awareness course that is mandatory for most on-site construction workers.

The programme is managed by the state agency SOLAS and delivered by approved tutors across Ireland. Requiring the certificate on construction sites does not exempt the employer from any health and safety responsibilities, instead aims to regulate a baseline standard for awareness.

Do I need Safe Pass?

Safe Pass is mandatory on construction site in Ireland for roles such as Craft Workers, General Construction Workers, Drivers and Security Staff. Alongside qualified workers, it also applies to Apprentices, Trainees and Students that are on the site.

More detail on who requires the certificate to work can be found here.

How can I take the Safe Pass course?

Safe Pass courses take place regularly across Ireland. You will need to find an approved tutor and book your course through them. The typical cost for this is between €150-200 depending on the training provider. You can find an approved tutor at constructioncourses.ie

Safe Pass qualification expires every 4 years and will need to be renewed by attending another training course. You will then be issued a new card.

Replacement cards cost €32 and can be obtained via the SOLAS website.

Your training will last a day and comprise of the following units:

  • Introduction of Site Safety
  • Legislation and Site Safety
  • Site Accident Reporting
  • Introduction to Risk Assessment
  • Risk Assessment for Electricity
  • Risk Assessment for Evacuations
  • Risk Assessment for Heights
  • Behaviour-Based Safety
  • Site Safety and Construction Equipment
  • Site Safety and Construction Vehicles
  • Personal Health and Welfare
  • Noise and Vibration
  • Personal Protective Equipment

Once you’ve completed the training, the provider will upload results onto the SOLAS system and the card will be issued to them.

Safe Pass Jobs- What jobs can I get?

From specific crafts through to apprentice roles, being a holder opens the doors to a variety of on-site construction roles in Ireland. We have outlined some of the common ones below:

Construction Site Cleaner

Requirements: Safe Pass, Manual Handling, Some experience as a cleaner.

Duties: Handover cleaning including carpets, furniture, windows. The final clean before the client hands over the site.

Average Salary: €12ph

Open Jobs: Safe Pass Cleaner Jobs in Ireland

General Operative

Requirements: Safe Pass, Manual Handling, 1-2 years experience on a construction site.

Duties: Assisting trades and other experienced workers on-site to complete tasks, cleaning work areas, moving materials etc. This is a good route for general operatives to move up the ladder and become a skilled labourer or learn a trade.

Average Salary: €14-15ph

Open Jobs: General Operative Jobs in Ireland

Teleporter Driver

Requirements: Safe Pass, Manual Handling, CSCS Tele Operative Ticket

Duties: Driving a telehandler plant machine whilst assisting all sub-contractors and trades personnel on-site by providing them with all relevant materials to complete their contracts. Offloading delivery trucks, moving materials onto loading bays, assisting site cleanup, moving heavier materials around the site for certain contractors to perform duties.

Average Salary: €17-20ph

Open Jobs: Teleporter Jobs in Ireland

Alongside Manual Handling, having this certificate is one of the most sought-after certificates that you can take in Irish construction. Taking a the course is essential to working on-site, so we would recommend it as a good first step to a career in construction. Once you have earned yours, why not apply for one of the many Safe Pass roles in Ireland that we have available?

You can see our Safe Pass jobs by clicking here.

If you can’t see one that matches your skillset, quick register with us and we’ll reach out if we have any suitable for you: crewitresourcing.com/quick-register