Health and safety in the workplace (CIEH level 2 certificate)


This training programme has been designed to provide essential knowledge and understanding of health and safety for employees working in any sector of business, whether manufacturing, commerce, public sector or the service industries. Good health and safety standards rely on employers and employees working together to reduce risks and prevent accidents and ill health arising from work activities.

Employers have a responsibility to provide safe and healthy workplace conditions as well as safe systems and methods for workplace activities. An essential element of any safe system is the knowledge and attitude of employees, and this demands proper training in the basics of health and safety, as well as specific training for individual tasks.

This syllabus was launched by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health in 1987 and, with constant updates since then (the latest in 2007), represents the foundation of knowledge required by all staff, whatever their level and whatever the nature of the organisation.

Other CIEH certificated health and safety courses, covering manual handling, COSHH and stress awareness, are also available.

Training objectives

On completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Work in a safe and healthy manner and contribute to improving health and safety within an organisation’s policy
  • Identify key hazards in their own workplace
  • Understand the importance of health and safety rules and working procedures
  • Report potential health and safety problems
  • Understand the responsibilities of both employers and themselves


This course is designed to be relevant to all levels of staff. As a CIEH Level 2 course, it is suitable for staff employed in any sector who require essential knowledge about, and understanding of, health and safety in the workplace.


A one-day course with a multiple-choice test, the successful completion of which qualifies participants for the CIEH Level 2 Award, Health and safety in the workplace.

Special features – CIEH Level 2 Award

This course follows the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health’s syllabus for its Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace. The syllabus is a generic one but it can be tailored to the needs of the organization if required.

Award of the certificate is subject to achieving a minimum 20 correct answers out of 30 multiple choice questions. The test takes place at the end of the day’s training and is marked afterwards by the expert trainer. Certificates are supplied after the event.

The expert trainer

Frances is a highly qualified (MA, BSc, FRSH, MRSPH, Chartered MCIPD, ACIEH) independent consultant and trainer in the health and safety/food safety field. Formerly a training manager in a large London hospital, Frances is also a registered CIEH trainer, a qualified food inspector and currently a senior lecturer at a London college. She has extensive practical management experience and is a very popular trainer generally but particularly in the hospitality and care sectors as well as with local and central government departments.

‘Having used Frances’s services for three years I am very happy to recommend her. She is reliable and self-sufficient as a supplier of training; and the feedback from delegates has always been that her sessions are valuable, informative and enjoyable.’ Training Manager, Red Carnation Hotel Group

‘Frances offers a very wide range of workshops in the health and safety field. Her in-depth knowledge and easy manner made her an ideal choice to deliver this training programme to our employees.’ OD Consultant, London Borough of Havering

Course outline

Part I: Introduction to health and safety at work
  1. Health and safety at work
    • Why manage health and safety?
    • Consequences of poor health and safety standards and the benefit of good standards
    • Common types and causes of work-related accidents and ill health
    • Examples of occupational, environmental and human factors that can affect health and safety
    • Importance of risk assessment in maintaining a healthy, safe environment
  2. Health and safety law
    • Legal responsibilities of employers and employees under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
    • Specific safety issues covered by regulations including risk assessments, competent persons, and employee consultation
    • Enforcement
    • Consequences of non-compliance
  3. Health
    • Importance of preventing work-related ill health
    • Types of health hazard and occupations with which they are commonly associated
    • Risk assessment and effective control measures
    • Role of occupational health specialists and need for specialized risk assessments in certain circumstances
    • The need to follow procedures and instructions and report early signs of possible problems
  4. Safety
    • Principles of accident prevention
    • ‘Accident’ – definition, recording and reporting
    • Slips, trips and falls – how they happen and how to prevent them
    • Electrical safety – portable appliance testing, visual inspection, and how to deal with cases of electric shock
    • Fire – causes, prevention, evacuation procedures, safe use of fire extinguishers
  5. Welfare
    • Risks associated with poor welfare
    • Welfare facilities on site
    • Smoking, alcohol and drugs – how they affect the health, safety and welfare of those at work and how to minimise the risks
    • Stress – main effects and how to reduce it
    • Violence, harassment and bullying – reporting and preventing
    • First aid provision – ‘appointed persons’ and ‘first aiders’
Part II: Workplace-specific health and safety
  1. The workplace and work equipment
    • Health and safety aspects of building structure, design layout and services
    • Importance of good storage, stacking, maintenance and housekeeping
    • Control measures to prevent work equipment from causing injuries:
      – Correct design and construction
      – Suitable working environment
      – Safe working procedures
      – Training and authorization
      – Use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
      – Maintenance
  2. Risk assessment
    • Role in accident and ill health prevention
    • ‘Hazard’ and ‘risk’ – definitions and examples
    • Factors likely to increase levels of risk
    • ‘Control measures’
    • The risk assessment process
  3. Manual handling
    • Risks associated with manual handling
    • Responsibilities of employer and employee under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations
    • Examples of manual handling injuries
    • Need to minimise and assess manual handling
    • Reducing the risk of injury – correct lifting techniques and use of mechanical aids
  4. Hazardous substances
    • Nature and risks of hazardous substances
    • Examples
    • Risk assessment and control measures
    • Authorisation and training
  5. Ergonomics and workstation design
    • How workplace equipment and task design affect health and safety
    • Examples of injuries caused by poor workstation design
    • Musculoskeletal disorders
    • Reducing the risks
    • Spotting problems
  6. Working at heights
    • Hazards and risks
    • Examples of common tasks that entail working at height
    • Factors contributing to people and objects falling from height
    • Risk reduction
    • Access equipment – mobile towers, mobile elevated work platforms, ladders, fixed scaffold
  7. Transport and vehicles
    • Hazards and risks of working with vehicles
    • Examples of common accidents with vehicles and transport
    • Factors contributing to injuries
    • Risk reduction
    • Preventative measures for pedestrian-vehicle conflict
  8. Noise and vibration
    • Potential long- and short-term effects of exposure to noise and vibration
    • Methods of noise reduction and control
    • Hearing protection
    • Specialist risk assessment in certain environments
  9. Multiple choice test

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