Introduction to Health and Safety
The aim of this course is to give you a basic level of understanding relating to the essentials of health and safety matters. It has been designed for both new starters in the workplace and existing employees who may have little or no recent training on the basics of health and safety.
It covers employee and employers’ responsibilities and raises awareness of the kinds of risks and hazards that may be present in a variety of working environments and various control measures that should be in place where there is a risk to health.
Risks exist in most places of work. Employers have a legal duty to reduce risks, as far as possible, by identifying the risks and hazards and putting in place the relevant safety measures and control procedures to eliminate, or reduce, the hazards to a safe level to make sure that the working environment remains safe for everyone.
Having a good understanding of health and safety is essential for everyone in the workplace, whether you are an employee, self-employed, a supervisor or a manager. By adopting good health and safety practices, you will help yourself and others work in a safer way.
Although health and safety could apply to our own homes, where accidents unfortunately do happen, this course, along with all the laws, regulations and guidance, refers to health and safety in the workplace.
Who is this course for?
This course is for both new starters and existing employees with little or no recent training on the basics of health and safety. As well as covering the essentials of health and safety in the working environment, the course also refers to preparation for work which is especially important for employees in high risk environments or where cross-contamination, for example, is an issue.
Introduction to Health and Safety Course aim
The aim of this course is to introduce you to the basics of understanding health and safety in a positive way, by familiarising you with the importance of identifying the kinds of risks and hazards that may be present in a number of working environments and what could happen if you do not follow good health and safety practices.
This online course is made up of the following 3 sections, each covering a variety of topics relating to health and safety:
Section 1 - Introduction to Health and Safety. This is a general introduction to health and safety matters. It covers:
- Understanding the language – terms and definitions
- Where to get help and advice
- The costs of poor health and safety
Section 2 – Risks in Different Environments. The aim of this section is to highlight the different areas of risk that can be present in a variety of working environments. It covers:
Section 3 – Other Health and Safety Essentials. This section looks at other relevant infor-mation and procedures relating to health and safety including:
- Emergency procedures
- Accident reporting
- First aid
On successful completion of this course you should be able to explain:
- the importance of practising good health and safety
- what health and safety means
- the costs associated with poor health and safety
- the definitions of ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’
- what hazards and risks can be present in a variety of environments
- the role of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and other relevant Regulations
- the importance of a risk assessment
- the 5 steps of a risk assessment
- what Control Measures are and their importance
- the things you can do to work safer in your environment
- employee and employer’s legal responsibilities
- where to go to get further help and advice on health and safety matters in your workplace
The average time required to complete the learning is approximately 30 minutes. However, the course is designed to go at the pace of the learner and can be completed in more time if needed.
The online assessment for the course consists of 20 multiple-choice questions and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. To be successful, you must achieve a 75% (15) or above pass mark to obtain the certificate.
Introduction to Health and Safety Certification
On successful completion of the assessment you will be able to print/save your Introduction to Health and Safety certificate. In addition to this, an email is sent to you containing a link to your certificate.
This is the simplest, most convenient way to achieve compliance. Also, a QR code has been added to the certificate, which can be scanned by a smartphone to establish the certificate’s validity.
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