The global health, safety and environmental charity, the British Safety Council, has released an e-version of its popular IOSH Working Safely course.

The course provides people, regardless of level or sector, with a sound grounding in the essentials of health and safety. It promises to teach them all they need to know to keep themselves and their colleagues safe and healthy at work.

E-learning is a convenient, flexible and cost-effective way of delivering health, safety and environmental training to staff…

John Phillips, British Safety Council

Delivered over the internet, the course emphasises exactly why health and safety is such an important part of everyone’s job, providing the information needed to encourage people to work safely.

It covers personal responsibilities for working safely; identifying common hazards at work; the organisation’s responsibilities for protecting workers and others from harm; basic risk assessment principles; basic risk controls for different situations; and the importance of reporting incidents and near misses.

There is also a session on how to prevent pollution and minimise waste, meaning that health and safety and environmental basics are covered in a single course.

John Phillips, Director of Qualification and Standards at the British Safety Council, said, “This new e-learning course provides people at work with a vital understanding of the basics of health and safety and environmental management, and helps support a positive safety culture within an organisation.”

He added, “The course has been approved by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the biggest professional health and safety body in the world, making it a highly respected training programme.”

“E-learning is a convenient, flexible and cost-effective way of delivering health, safety and environmental training to staff, since employees do not have to take away from work at set times, but can instead take the course on the internet at a time that suits both them and their employer.”

The course can be accessed online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing delegates to learn at their own pace and convenience. No prior knowledge of the subject is required before sitting it, and the course focuses on best practice, rather than legislation, making it suitable for both UK and international candidates.