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Covered in this course

The Essential Health and Safety Training course is broken down into 4 sections.

1) Responsibilities and Legal Requirements of Health and Safety

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 list of responsibilities and legal requirements for health and safety essential requirements

2) Hazards and Risks in the Workplace

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 - slips, trips, falls, fire, manual handling, DSE, COSHH and electrical safety.

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

3) Safety Signs and their Importance

Workplace safety signs are used to communicate important messages to instruct, advise and warn.

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).

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

4) Workplace safety 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.

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

Health & Safety Essentials 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 Health & Safety Essentials Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and all relevant approvals.

Health & Safety Essentials Certificate

Real user reviews


Based on 3,109 real user reviews.

4.27 out of 5
Basic, essential information

It consists of basic, essential information that every employee should be aware of.

Easy to understand and comprehend

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Excellent. Except for THAT sign...

I enjoyed the course and found it very clear and well presented. One thing really grated on me though... The presenter was explaining prohibition signs, and stated that the black graphic behind the red line represents 'the thing being prohibited'. About twenty seconds later we were given an example, and it was a sign in which this is NOT TRUE. I'm talking about the one with the guy holding up his hand to stop people entering a place. This sign is everywhere now, and drives me mad! It's very poorly designed because it literally means "It is prohibited to prevent people entering"... which is the opposite of what the designer intended. I was very disappointed to see it included.

very good

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good use of my time

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Useful training in an engaging format

This course was well presented and engaging and covered the essentials well

Very Good

This course was easy to follow, interesting and contained lots of relevant information.

Read our full reviews for Essential Health and Safety Training.

Legislation relating to Health and Safety

It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work. Take a look at relevant legislation below.

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)

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 outline the duty of all employers to provide their personnel with Health and Safety training at the beginning of their employment. The law also stipulates that this training should a) be repeated on a regular basis, b) be adapted to take account of new risks to health and safety, and c) take place during working hours.