Safepass course – (Kerry)

Terms and condition apply to all sorts of contracts. Like all training providers we have Terms and conditions associated with our courses. The whole purpose of these conditions are to ensure the course runs as smoothly as possible. These Terms and Conditions apply to all our Safe Pass Training course bookings.
Applicant(s) for our Solas Safe Pass Training courses must fulfil the following requirements-

  • They must have an Irish PPS number (you must have a PPS number to work in Ireland)
  • They must be at least 16 years of age (no children all allowed work on construction)
  • They must understand English (written & spoken) (good English is required to take part in the course and to do the end of course test/exam.) 
  • They must have access to working e-mail. (all communications are by e-mail)
    On the morning of the Safe Pass course in Killarney participant(s) must –
  • be in the Training room no later than 7.45 am (we start early so that we can be finished for 5pm. If you arrive late you will not be allowed attend the course as we do not have the time to go back and repeat what you missed.)
  • They provide valid photo ID. (you must prove you are who you say you are)
  • They must provide proof of their Irish PPS number,
  • They provide 2 passport type photos (they are required at 7.45am)
  • supply a stamped addressed envelope. (Must be correctly addressed to where the card is to be posted to) (we will post out the card)
  • All communications are by e-mail. (you must have and use email)
  • Solas Safe Pass Training Course times are 7.45 am to 5.00 pm. (these are the course times)
  • Tea/Coffee is not be provided but is available to purchase locally.
  • Solas Safe Pass Training courses (for construction) are subject to a minimum attendance of 8 people. This Course will be cancelled if less than 8 show up on the morning. If cancelled those present will receive a full refund of course fees. Losses/expenses because of cancellation will not be reimbursed.
  • Solas Safe Pass cards are posted, at your risk, in the stamped addressed envelope provided to us on the morning of the course. Delivery by, courier, or registered & insured post can be arranged.
  • If Participant(s)arrives late to the course, do not arrive to the course, have poor English, fails the test, the full course fee will apply.
  •  Click here to read our cancellation policy.


The Solas Safe Pass safety awareness course is a classroom type course. These courses are delivered all over Ireland. The course is designed for those that work in the construction industry in Ireland. Note: you do not have to be working in construction to attend the course. Having an update Solas Safe Pass card is a great help when applying for any type of job in Ireland. All safepass courses are delivered by qualified tutors, who have both a construction, and training background.

For Card renewals in 2023 it will be possible to study for the Safe Pass course at home via an online LMS and present for a test in an approved centre. Click here for details. This is a fantastic development for individuals who are prepared, and who are willing, and are able to study for the assessment.

We understand the option to do the course via classroom training will remain as well. We will post more information on this renewal option when we become aware of it. We at Seamus O’Sullivan Training always promote training using the latest in digital technology. We have, for several years, delivered online training.

The High Court case of Gunta v Dunnes Stores, (May 2022) reminds everyone of the importance having strong evidence of having completed a risk assessment (as required by Section 19 of the 2005 Act) and strong evidence of having carried out workplace inspections.  One of their employees, while doing some work, fell off a ladder.  The fall resulted in the employee being seriously injured and needing to have surgery. According to Mr Justice Hanna, who heard the case, the employee is now extremely limited in her recreational and social activities. The learned Judge found the employee was using a ladder that was not suitable to carry out the task. The reader is reminded of the Common Law duty of care, where the employer must provide and maintain same means of access to the work. Assessing damages, the court awarded the injured worker €120,000 for pain and suffering and €40,961 for special damages (loss of wages and medical expenses), bringing the total award to €161,961.

Comments: this is not the first time, or it will not be the last time an employee will sustain injuries while using a ladder in the workplace. Employers in Ireland, must be able to show that they have done all that is reasonably practical to provide and maintain a safe place of work, safe means of access, etc. The learned Trail Judge made remarks about lack of risk assessment, lack of inspections and loose parts in the ladder. Section 19 of the 2005 Act requires written risk assessments.

Seamus O’Sullivan Training
Co Kerry
064 6676001