A health and safety awareness course is designed to help people understand why the safest way of working is the best for everyone. It explains that most workplaces have risks and hazards, but employers have a legal duty to reduce these hazards to a low level to ensure a safe working environment for their employees. It outlines how to use risk assessment, action plans and the supply of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to achieve this.
The course covers a range of topics including the main laws that apply, electricity and dangers, what to do in the event of fire, how to produce a fire risk assessment and the FSO, as well as other safety policies. It also explains good practice in relation to manual handling and COSHH regulations and how to avoid exposure to hazardous substances.
In addition, the course explains how workers can participate in their own health and safety by becoming a health and safety representative or joint health and safety committee member. It also outlines how they can get help and advice from the employer, their supervisor or other staff members.
This course is intended for anyone who works in the construction industry and needs to understand the basic health, safety and environmental steps that they, their employer and site or project should be taking. This is a CITB Core Publication and follows the format of all CITB publications. health and safety awareness course