Information on training courses provided by Healthy Working Lives

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Healthy Working Lives provides a range of free* training courses to employers in Scotland to support them in improving the occupational health, safety and well-being of their staff. A healthier workforce really does make for a healthier business.

We have different delivery styles of training available to suit all business needs and we work closely with our partners and customers to review and develop our training.

Our customer feedback also shows that our customers love our training products and would recommend them to other customers, (source: NET Promoter score of 75% of our customers being Promoters in 2018-2019).

*a cancellation fee may apply for late cancellation or nonattendance.

We offer an extensive range of online courses created in conjunction with Public Health Scotland. You can access them on our Public Health Scotland Learning Zone (external site).

Each course takes approximately 90 minutes to complete and can be done at any time.

There is an assessment at the end of each course. You can print or download a completion certificate if you have passed the course (you need at least 80% to pass most courses). 

You will need to create an account on the Public Health Scotland Learning Zone site before finding out more about a course or starting a course.


These are the courses we provide and what they cover

  • Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace (external site) – the impact of alcohol and drugs on the workforce and employer and employee responsibilities
  • Mentally Healthy Workplaces (external site) increase your awareness of mental health in the workplace
  • Health Risks at Work (external site) the risks to breathing, skin, touch, hearing, muscle bones and joints and wellbeing
  • Driving Risks at Work (external site) developed by the Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (SCORSA), this has guidance on driving at work
  • Managing Safety and Health the Basics(external site) basic health and safety knowledge and information to assist you in ensuring you meet current health and safety laws
  • Support Staff Attendance(external site) this module provides support in managing absence from work (sometimes referred to as absence management)
  • Violence and Aggression in the Workplace (external site)  this course has been co-written with the Suzy Lamplugh Trust
  • Sensible Risk Assessment (external site) this explains the basic concepts around the risk assessment process and gives you access to materials and further resources to help you complete a risk assessment. We also have a more advanced module available as a train your own staff toolkit.
  • Improving Workplace Health – Introduction (external site) – the main concepts related to workplace health and the relationships between work and health
  • Improving Workplace Health – Legislation (external site) – the main provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and other legislation. The module also looks at the main elements of a typical safety management system and risks associated in the work environment.
  • Improving Workplace Health – Common Hazards (external site)  covers the hazards and risks associated with chemicals, electricity, manual handling, the use of display screen equipment, and fire
  • Improving Workplace Health – Workplace health and well-being (external site) – the main concepts in relation to health promotion and how they could be applied into practice in the workplace. It also looks at the main health topics that should be considered for optimised workplace health and wellbeing
  • Improving Workplace Health – Planning and Reviewing (external site) the main concepts and steps that you can follow for planning and reviewing workplace interventions
  • Improving Workplace Health – Occupational Health (external site) – identify issues that would benefit from occupational health interventions in the workplace and gain an understanding of what good occupational health does and offers for workplaces
  • Stress in the Workplace (external site) the relationship between pressure and stress and how this can impact on wellbeing. This course provides guidance to supervisors, managers and employers to help them understand their role in managing stress at work, and how to assess the risk of stress in their organisation.

You need to register on the site before starting a course.

Blended learning

We currently offer 2 manager/supervisor courses that uses a blended approach

  • Mentally Healthy Workplace Training for Managers
  • Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace Training for Managers

Both of these courses consist of an element of online learning and face-to-face Training. The blended approach has been developed to allow us to ensure the most effective use of resources and time.  The online element must be completed first before booking onto the face-to-face course.