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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

Overview - An Introduction to Health and Safety at Work Course

Everyone has a role to play in ensuring their own health and safety at work, as well as that of their colleagues.

Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that from 2016-17, half a million UK workers developed a musculoskeletal condition as a result of their job, and 137 people suffered a fatal accident at work.

In the same 12-month period, 0.6 million non-fatal work-related injuries were recorded, and 31.2 million days of productivity were lost due to employees needing time off because of an injury or illness obtained on the job.

Combined, these incidents cost the UK economy some £14.9 billion.

Therefore, it is vital that employers are adhering to health and safety regulations to protect their staff, members of the public and the wider economy.

Why take this course?

An Introduction to Health and Safety at Work is designed to teach both employees and employers why health and safety in the workplace is so important in relation to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

By taking this e-learning course, you'll meet your legal obligations, minimise the risk of bad publicity or lawsuits for your company and be able to demonstrate your understanding of health and safety laws.

After completing the course, you'll be able to:

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

Course lesson plan

The An Introduction to Health and Safety at Work course covers the following lesson plan:

  • Health and safety at work
  • Risk assessment
  • Accident prevention, investigation and reporting best practice
  • Communication and environment
  • Hazards and controls: fire and electricity
  • Hazards and controls: Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Hazards and controls: manual handling and Display Screen Equipment (DSE)

Course duration

This course should take one to two hours to complete, but e-learning is self-paced, so it depends entirely on your individual learning speed and how quickly you absorb the study material.


This course has been certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


After completing this course, you will be able to download and print a Virtual College certificate for your records.

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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Once your purchase has gone through you will be able to continue to a login screen. Enter your name and create a password if prompted. This will log you into our Learning Management System (LMS) where you will be able to take the course or allocate it to other people.

You can purchase more than 10 courses online, however if you wish to purchase more than 10 courses, and you would like to be invoiced in advance, you can e-mail us on or contact our sales team on 01943 885 085.

Step 3: Take the course

For the best possible internet browser experience we recommend you use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox.

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.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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