This course will enable you to:

  • Prepare, inform and equip relevant local authority employees to respond appropriately to the various stages of a Serious Incident scenario
  • Understand their roles and responsibilities should a Serious Incident arise in their workplace 

The legal system will be explained which will include recent changes and developments in the conduct of civil and criminal proceedings. We will examine the changes introduced by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003 and the Civil Liability Courts Act 2004. Delegates will learn about recent HSA prosecutions where local authorities and employees have been investigated. They  will learn about procedures within the local authority and what to do when a HSA Inspector or a Garda arrives on site to conduct an investigation. We will discuss the powers of enforcement authorities specifically referencing The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and the obligations of the local authority and their employees under this legislation.

The rules and admissibility of evidence will be discussed. Delegates will gain skills to take proper notes, make good records and learn about the importance of statements. They will fully understand how a proper investigation should be conducted by internal and external investigators.

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