TUC Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

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 union safety reps.

How long is the course?

This 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 are studied?

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

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-hours 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 for from elsewhere.

For further information please contact please contact your TUC Education Officer

What qualifications are 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.

How much is the course?

There are no fees for union reps from TUC affiliated unions.

Further information

If you require any further information about this course, please contact your TUC  Education Officer.

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