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An Introduction to Health and Safety at Work
An Introduction to Health and Safety at Work
An Introduction to Health and Safety at Work

This An Introduction to Health and Safety at Work course has been created to provide information on why health and safety in the workplace is important to employees and employers, what you must do according to UK legislation to ensure your health and safety at work and that of your colleagues.

By completing this course you will be meeting your legal obligations and minimising the risk of bad publicity or lawsuits.

On completion of this course learners will:

  • Understand the key principles of workplace health and safety
  • Outline accident prevention, investigation and reporting
  • Communicate health and safety information
  • Recognise common health and safety hazards and how they can be controlled

When you’ve completed this online training you will sit an online test and, once successful, you can download your certificate.

Lesson Plan

The subjects covered in this module include:

  • Overview
    • What is health and safety and why is it necessary?
    • Health and safety legislation is applied to ensure
    • Keeping health and safety under control
    • Health and safety responsibilities
    • The basis of British health and safety
    • Umbrella British health and safety legislation
    • Areas where additional regulations apply
    • Particular areas of health and safety
    • A health and safety workplace
    • Health and safety benefits
    • Terminology
    • Legislation and enforcement
    • Health and safety statistics
    • Sources of guidance
    • Employer responsibilities
    • Employee concerns
  • Health and safety at work
    • Legal framework – structure of legislation
    • British health and safety law
    • Breaches of health and safety legislation
    • Comparison between Civil and Criminal Law
    • Penalties
    • Health and safety policy
    • Responsibility – employers
    • Responsibility – small businesses
    • Responsibility – employees
    • First aid – what is first aid at work?
    • What might be required?
    • Accident book
    • Sources of guidance
    • Appointed person
    • Frist aid
    • A first aid room
    • Informing employees
    • Enforcement
    • Inspection visits
    • Officers
    • Potentially heavy penalties
    • Information sources
    • Safety issues – health and safety committee
    • Risk assessment
    • The workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations) 1992
  • Risk assessment
    • Legal duty
    • What is a risk assessment?
    • Hazard and risk
    • Helping to identify hazards and evaluate risks
    • A five stage process
    • Update employees
  • Accident prevention, investigation and reporting
    • Accident prevention – responsibility
    • Personal unsafe events
    • Unsafe workplace conditions
    • A reactive process
    • First steps after an accident
    • Isolate the accident site
    • Collecting evidence
    • Investigation and outcome
    • Recording details
    • Legislated accident book
    • Accident form
    • RODDOR – background
    • What is reportable?
    • Recording and reporting
  • Communication and environment
    • Implementation – enforcement
    • Workplace consultation arrangements
    • Information – displayed
    • Safety signs
    • To be provided to employees
    • Impact on land, air and water
    • Minimising waste
    • Sustainability
  • Hazards and controls: fire and electricity
    • Fire – common causes
    • Smoking
    • Safety regulation
    • Those responsible for fire safety
    • General safety requirements
    • Hazards and controls: fire and electricity
    • Safety equipment
    • Safety policy
    • Safety procedures
    • Safety requirements
    • Fire – extinguisher identification an mounting
    • Spread of fire
    • Electricity – dangers
    • Potential hazards
    • Precautions for safe installation
    • Precautions for power sources
    • Key precaution measures
    • Risk and assessment
    • Working safely to reduce risk
  • Hazards and controls: COSHH and PPE
    • Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH) regulations 2002
    • Natural substances
    • Regulation requirements
    • The cost of poor control
    • Chemicals and labelling
    • Changes to CHIP labelling
    • Current CHIP labels
    • New CLP labels
    • COSHH – safety data sheets
    • Risk assessment control measures
    • How might workers be exposed
    • Applying control measures
    • Control equipment safety
    • Natural substance
    • Control common measures
    • Applying a risk assessment
    • Training and instruction
    • Keep workers healthy
    • Sources of help
    • Covered separately
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • PPE – other regulations
    • Assessing suitability
    • Potential hazards and types
    • Training
    • Maintenance and marketing
  • Hazards and controls: manual handling and DSE
    • Manual handling – potential causes of injury
    • Risk assessment
    • Employee duties
    • AVOID
    • ASSESS
    • Examples of potential problems and reducing risk
    • Training
    • Display screen equipment (DSE) regulation
    • Some exceptions
    • Potential harm
    • Work station risk assessment
    • Employee training
    • Information
    • Hazards and controls: manual handling and DSE
    • Other PUWER requirements
    • General requirements
    • More regulations

Target Audience

This course is suitable for employees and employers who require health and safety training.


Approximately 1-2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. The course is self-paced with approximately 93 interactive screes and multiple components. Your progress will be recorded throughout.


This course is CPD certified.


On completion of this course you will be able to print a Virtual College certificate.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

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Step 3: Take the course

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You will get a better learner experience if you have sound enabled. Most computers come with built-in speakers, but the narration will generally be written in text on the screen for you to read if you don't have sound turned on.

The course is interactive and you may need to click on parts of the screen before you can advance. This will be obvious as the narration and text will tell you what to do or the links will pulse and flash. The system will remember where you left off and take you back there, but you can go over any part of it as many times as you want to and take as long as you want.

You can write your own notes for the course and print them off or simply store them to access later any time you view your course.

When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment three times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.

Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.


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