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Health and safety training

The Health and Safety Executive have produced a leaflet which explains the importance of health and safety training to owners and managers of businesses. It gives advice on who may need training, what form the training may take and how to organise it.

Courses available

The following health and safety training courses can be provided by the Council.

CIEH level 2 award in health and safety in the workplace

Employers are responsible for providing safe and healthy workplace conditions as well as the right systems and methods for safe activities.

Nevertheless employees also have a vital part to play in the equation. They need the right knowledge and the right attitude which demands proper training in the basics of health and safety, as well as specific training for individual tasks.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the principles of health and safety and accident prevention 
  • Ability to contribute to any health and safety management system. 
  • Understand the importance of risk assessment as a technique for accident and ill health prevention. 
  • Understand the responsibilities placed on employers and employees. 
  • Understand the hazard, risk and main causes of harm to workers (manual handling, hazardous substances, exposure to noise and vibration). 
  • Understand the importance of following systems, procedures and rules. 
  • Understand how individual action can reduce risks to health and safety. 
  • Appreciate how workplace equipment and task design affect health and safety. 

The qualification can be tailored to business and individual needs to make the learning experience relevant and fit for purpose.

Course duration: one day

Assessment method: multiple choice examination

CIEH certificate in stress awareness

This qualification compliments the CIEH level 2 award in health and safety in the workplace. It seeks to advise and guide those interested in protecting themselves and their workforce from the damaging effects of stress.

Course topics:

  • Definitions of stress 
  • Stress as an occupational health hazard 
  • Identification of workplace stressors 
  • Development of basic controls for work- related stressors 
  • Responsibilities imposed under UK legislation 

Course duration: 4 hours plus time for the student to complete the individual self assessment.

For details about any of the courses please contact the Health Education Officer on 01695 585253.

Your West Lancashire

Information for where you live


Health and Safety Team

01695 577177

Robert Hodge Centre, Stanley Way, Skelmersdale WN8 8EE.