Instruction and training

Information and guidance on where you can find health and safety training

Sources of health and safety training

In-house training

In-house training will be carried out by a member of the organisation. For this reason, it is very cost-effective, as the organisation does not have to pay for an external professional or materials. The disadvantage of internal training is that time and quality could be limited.

For example, the employer might not have all the resources to train all of its employees on all aspects of their jobs without there being any downtime on production and productivity.

Also, the organisation could struggle to keep up to date with new information and to ensure that the training is of good quality.

This could lead to the provision of the bare minimum of training and instruction to comply with legislation.

Sometimes this may not be suitable or sufficient and could lead to accidents or incidents.

External training

External training will be provided by an external person to the organisation.

It has the benefit of being impartial and it could offer a new way of approaching your organisation, offering new ideas that you may not have already considered.

A specialist practitioner will have the specialist knowledge and they should be up to date with new information available.

There are some disadvantages to using an external practitioner.

  • You may be required to send employees away from the workplace.
  • Employees could be away from the workplace for a large number of days.
  • Non-competent people could deliver the training.

There are numerous training providers available. It’s important that you use competent people to deliver training for you.

We provide face-to-face training for employees and for managers.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is a UK charity that aims to prevent workplace accidents and injuries. It also provides RoSPA training courses (external site).

The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the UK's professional body for health and safety practitioners. They provide IOSH training and skills courses (external site).

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Register (external site) you can find practitioners or you could deliver training in a specialist topic.

Online training

Online training is an easy and simple way of providing basic training to employees. You can access our free online training courses below. This is our list of online training modules.

  • Managing Health and Safety: The basics
  • Health Risks at Work
  • Mentally Healthy Workplaces
  • Violence and Aggression in the Workplace
  • Driving Risks at Work
  • Sensible Risk Assessment
  • Supporting Staff Attendance
  • Improving Workplace Health
  • Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace

You can complete our virtual learning modules for free. You can print a certificate of completion once you have successfully completed an online assessment.