Essential Health and Safety Training

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This basic Health and Safety Training programme covers the key areas of Health and Safety that you are legally required to train your staff in. It provides an easy-to-follow but comprehensive introduction to the major topics that will keep your workplace safe.

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  • Gain a better understanding of the Health and Safety at Work Act and your legal responsibilities
  • Be able to identify the different types of safety signs and what they mean
  • Gain a better understanding of the types of risks and hazards in a workplace and learn how you can prevent accidents and injuries

Covered in this course


This training course is broken down into 4 sections

  1. 1 Responsibilities and Legal Requirements of Health and Safety
  2. 2 Hazards and Risks in the Workplace
  3. 3 Safety Signs and their Importance
  4. 4 Workplace safety and Emergency Procedures
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A list of responsibilities and legal requirements for health and safety essential requirements

This section looks at who is responsible for health and safety at work. It ensures that everyone is aware that they share the responsibility - they have a duty to themselves, to their colleagues and to their workplace. It highlights the importance of training and communication.

A man bending over to pick up a package as part of our Health and Safety Training

A hazard is something with the potential to cause harm and a risk is the likelihood of that harm happening. Here we look at what those risks might be in the workplace, we look at risk assessments and safe working. The section is split into subsections, each covering one or more different areas of risk.

A variety of safety signs and signboards for healthy and safety essentials

In this section we look at the different types of safety signboards - prohibition signs, warning signs, mandatory signs, safe conditions signs and fire safety signs. We look at fire action signs and we also include COSHH safety signs (which use the CLP pictograms from the GHS system of Classification and labelling of chemicals).

An accident book as part of workplace health and safety essentials and Emergency Procedures

Here we look at what to do if things go wrong. We cover Workplace First Aid Kits and Accident Books for accident and injury reporting and we cover a worst case scenario, looking at calling the emergency services.


Everyone in your workplace is legally required to have Health and Safety Training, and this course provides the perfect introduction to Health and Safety - whether as an induction tool, refresher, or for people changing roles within your organisation.

This Health and Safety Training gives a good grounding in general Health and Safety at work, helping employees recognise and avoid risks at work and explaining what to do to minimise illness and reduce workplace accidents. 

It looks at responsibilities and legal requirements, hazards and risk, safety signs at work, personal protective equipment and workplace emergency procedures such as fire evacuation and calling the emergency services. Health and Safety Essentials briefly covers: fire awareness; slips, trips and falls; manual handling; basic DSE; basic COSHH; and electrical safety.

Our courses can be completed in one go or it can be done in bite size chunks - whatever suits you - the system remembers exactly where you stop, so you can resume where you left off. 

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The importance of Essential Health and Safety Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Health & Safety Training certificate


Each of our courses ends with a multiple-choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Health and Safety Training -  Basics & Essentials course concludes with a 20 question multiple-choice test with a printable certificate.

In addition, brief in-course questionnaires guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Essential Health and Safety Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

Health & Safety Essentials Certificate

3,469 real user reviews

4.3 out of 5
Functionality was not what it should be

The last section's video would not load. I checked the previous videos at the time and they loaded correctly. After logging off and on again a few times (from the site and my PC) I gave up until the following day. Everything worked as it should this morning.

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Really user friendly

Very user friendly, very easy to follow and engage with.


This user gave this course a rating of 1/5 stars

Far two many slides

This user gave this course a rating of 4/5 stars

well presented

Pretty basic reminder of the essentials of Health and Safety

well presented

Pretty basic reminder of the essentials of Health and Safety

Excellent Course Very easy to follow

Excellent Course Very easy to follow and informative . Covers the obvious and the items you should know that are common sense

Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

The iHASCO Health and Safety Essentials programme is a starting point for workplace health and safety training, covering the basic knowledge required to help prevent some of the most common accidents and illnesses in the workplace. It covers basic requirements of a range of different Health and Safety Regulations, including:

Every employer must ensure that their employees are provided with adequate health and safety training

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Chapter 13 (2)
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