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An Introduction to Risk Assessment
An Introduction to Risk Assessment

Overview - Risk Assessment in the Workplace

Risk assessments are vital in the workplace for safeguarding the health and wellbeing of staff. Already, Health and Safety Executive statistics show that 609,000 workplace injuries were reported between 2016 and 2017 alone.

Without risk assessments, this figure could be much higher, costing businesses even more in terms of finances and productivity, and putting more workers at risk. However, it is clear that more risk assessments are needed to help lower this figure in the future - and that's where Virtual College's Risk Assessment in the Workplace e-learning course comes in.

This course was previously known as An Introduction to Risk Assessment.

Risk assessments in the workplace

All managers or supervisors are responsible for health and safety in their offices, and risk assessments play a key part in this. Workplace health and safety assessments should be conducted in mind of the working environment itself, as well as in view of specific activities to ensure safety is a focus at all times.

Our An Introduction to Risk Assessment course teaches workers in a supervisory position how to carry out a risk assessment properly, covering the following areas:

  • Hazard identification
  • Risk evaluation
  • Identification and implementation of control measures
  • Communication
  • Monitoring and review of risk assessments

Who is this course for?

Risk Assessment in the Workplace is designed for anyone who is responsible for undertaking risk assessments at their organisation, across a wide range of industries.

How is the course structured?

Risk Assessment in the Workplace comprises a number of learning activities featuring a variety of graphics and animations.

Learners will be given questions to answer throughout the course, with the correct responses only visible once they've had a go for themselves, encouraging them to have a go and learn new information.

One of the many benefits of e-learning is that it is self-paced, meaning learners can spend as long as they need to studying a particular part of the course. It also means supervisors can fit in their digital training around their other work commitments, as the Virtual College Learning Management System will automatically log their progress each time they have to step away from the course.

Course lesson plan

The lesson plan for Risk Assessment in the Workplace is as follows:

  • Introduction and background
  • The risk assessment process
  • Hazards and risks - the seven steps

Course accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


On completion of this course, learners can download and print a Virtual College certificate for their records.

Course duration

Risk Assessment in the Workplace takes approximately two hours to complete, but this depends entirely on how quickly each learner absorbs the study material.

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.

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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 six 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

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