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Awareness of Health and Safety at Work


Everyone has a part in making workplaces a safe place to be, this Virtual College CPD approved health and safety at work course is suitable for anyone looking to gain or refresh their health and safety knowledge.

The course informs why it is so important to follow the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Meet legal obligations for health and safety training and receive an instant digital certificate with this course.

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Course Overview


  • Intermediate
  • 1-2 Study Hours
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 1-2 CPD Hours
  • CPD Certified

Course description

Awareness 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.

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

What’s covered in this Awareness of Health and Safety at Work course?

Our online Health and Safety at Work training course is broken down into the following sections and can be completed at your own pace, the course includes:

Module What it includes
Introductions, Learning Outcomes and Statistics An introduction to the structure of the course and what you’ll learn. We also take you through health and safety statistics for Great Britain and the terminology that will be used throughout the modules.
Health and Safety Benefits We look at what the many benefits of health and safety are, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, enforcement, risk assessments and health and safety policies. We also explore employee and employer responsibilities and what to do if you have concerns.
Legal Framework of Workplace Health and Safety Here we look at the legalities of health and safety at work including legal framework, risk assessments, health and safety policies and enforcement. You’ll also delve into legislation, employee conduct and welfare issues.
Accident Prevention, Investigation and Reporting The topics we will cover in this section are accident prevention, accident investigation including first steps and causes, and accident reporting.
Communication and Environment We explore communication, committees and consultation, display information, provided information, and signs and environment. (fire equipment, warning prohibited etc).
Electricity This module focuses on electricity in terms of danger, potential hazards, precautions and reducing risks.
Fire and Additional Hazards and Controls We look at the dangers of fire, what steps to take in the event of a fire, the FSO and safety policies. You’ll also learn about first aid, control of substances hazardous to health, personal protective equipment, manual handling and display screen equipment.

Why take this course?

Awareness 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.

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.

You will learn

  • 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

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Anyone working in an office, retail, construction, food/catering, manufacturing, warehouse, hospital or hospitality environment


Legislation covered in this course includes:

The content of this course will help employers and employees address the legal obligations around the main piece of health and safety legislation – Health and Safety at Work 1974.

This legislation places a duty of care on employers to ensure that the health, safety and welfare of all employees are adequately taken into consideration. By taking this course, you are helping to uphold the high standards of health and safety within your workplace and meet the legal obligations around health and safety in the workplace.



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