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HSA Launches Free Health and Safety Courses Online

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The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has today (Wednesday 14th May) launched its own e-learning portal http://hsalearning.ie. The portal will host on-line health and safety courses aimed at employers, employees, teachers and students at all levels of education across a range of sectors. The short awareness-raising courses are free of charge to access and have been developed by the HSA with the aim of improving practical awareness of workplace safety, health and welfare.

HSA Chief Executive Martin O'Halloran said, "Employers and businesses now require low cost and flexible ways of raising awareness around health and safety. Employees also want to be able to improve their skills in practical, flexible and user-friendly ways. On-line learning has now been embraced by so many sectors, in terms of workplace learning, that it makes sense for the HSA to take the lead in this area."

HSA's Education Manager, Joanne Harmon said, "These short on-line courses will also be of huge interest to anyone delivering education or training around health and safety. The group manager facility means that as an employer, manager or teacher, you can register groups of learners to take courses and monitor their progress. They can work while in class or during their own time and at their own pace and can log on and off when it suits them, returning to courses when it's convenient.

"We have also developed a number of courses aimed at students in primary, post-primary, further and higher education. Students can take a short assessment at the end of each course, and on passing, can download their certificate of completion. Although not a formal qualification, certification can form part of an individual's training record for work or continuous professional development purposes which is a huge incentive for students, educators and employers alike.

"We will continue to grow the number of courses on offer across all sectors. Anyone can enrol and complete any courses of benefit to them, their employees, colleagues or students. Whether you're a pupil in Transition Year or a manager in a healthcare setting, taking a short course will boost your knowledge and awareness levels of health and safety relevant to you."

Short courses, ranging from between 30 to 140 minutes, are available in a range of sectors including: construction, education and healthcare and for students at primary, post-primary and further/higher education. Further courses to be launched this year will be aimed at the small business, transport and farm safety sectors.

To see the range of HSA courses on offer, browse and/or register at http://hsalearning.ie.