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Health and Safety at Work (Short Online)

About the course

This is a fully online course and requires access to an internet enabled computer or tablet. Once students receive the log in details for the programme then they can complete the course at any time and the certificate can be printed off at the end of the course. The course consists of a series of short training units followed by a quiz. The quiz can be retaken if it is not achieved at the first attempt.

This course provides both employers and employees a general understanding of health and safety in the workplace, and a basic understanding of requirements and legal obligations.

Workplace health and safety training covers several important elements, such as risk assessment, PPE, COSHH awareness and Manual Handling which are covered in this course alongside general employer and employee obligations. Many of these elements can then be picked up in more detail in our specific courses in areas such as Manual Handling and COSHH.

All organisations need to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA), which was introduced to maintain minimum health and safety standards for each workplace.

By law, an employer has a duty to look after the safety of their employees, customers, and anyone who enter their premises. Staff and customers will normally assume that they are safe in the establishment, and measures have to be in place to ensure a safe and compliant environment for all.

Entry Requirements: This course is available to all individuals with an internet enabled tablet or computer. The training and assessment is only available in English.

Certification: This course is certified by the CPD certification service.

Course Units:

Requirements and responsibilities for compliance – Identifying requirements and responsibilities for compliance regarding laws concerning Health & Safety at Work Act 1974: creating a company Health & Safety policy and the importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Risk assessment – Laws concerning risk assessment (Regulation 3 of The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999), identifying hazards, evaluating the risk, recording findings, and reviewing assessments.

Reporting accidents and injuries in the workplace – Reporting Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) and a guide to submitting a report.

First aid provision – Employers’ obligations to the Health and Safety First Aid Regulations, and the First-Aid box recommendations.

Manual handling – Employers’ and employees’ awareness of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations, and conducting a manual handling assessment before a lift.

COSHH – Remaining compliant with The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.

Electrical equipment use – Requirements and best practice for remaining compliant with the Electricity at Work Regulations.


All applicants must complete fire awareness before they can access any further courses. The fire awareness course is free with the first course booked per applicant and must be repeated annually with new bookings. 1 booking = 1 course (regardless of whether this is multiple individuals on one course or one individual on multiple courses.

To book multiple courses please complete the Business Course Booking form. This can be requested through adultskills@myerscough.ac.uk.

Number of bookings per application (business or individual) - Cost

1 - £12

2-9 - £10

10-49 - £8

50+ £6

Discount is applied per booking and not per company, for example a company/individual booking 15 candidates/courses will pay £8 per course. If they subsequently book a further 6 places, they will pay £10 per course.


Please see the industry short online training section of the Adult Skills website for our full training offer.

How to Apply:

To apply for this programme, please complete the on-line application form using the links on the right of the factsheet on the website. Alternatively, printed application forms are available from Adult Skills:


Myerscough College, St Michaels Road, Bilsborrow, Preston. Lancashire, PR3 0RY

Telephone: 0800 652 5592

Email: adultskills@myerscough.ac.uk

Website: www.myerscough.ac.uk/shortcourses

Please note that the information provided in this fact sheet was accurate at the date of publication. However, programmes of study are continually being modified and information is therefore subject to change.

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Booking Forms

If you are booking courses as an individual please book and pay through the online system linked to each course website.

If you are booking any courses for multiple employees or are submitting a company booking please use this form.

If you are booking multiple 'Online Short Industry Courses please use this booking form.