The CIEH Foundation Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Level 2

The CIEH Foundation Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Level 2

Is Your Workplace Prepared?

Did you know that according to the HSE (Health & Safety Executive)

  • 1.3 million working people suffered from a work-related illness
  • 144 workers killed at work (2017/18)
  • 609,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey
  • 70,116 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
  • 31.2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
  • £14.9 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2015/16)

For employers and employees, the cost financially and to your reputation from inadequate H&S training can have devastating effects. That’s why from using protective equipment to dealing with accidents, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) is indispensable to a healthy and safe working environment.

The CIEH Foundation Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety supports businesses in their legal obligations to ensure employees are protected from harm.

This course is ideal for those who want to develop knowledge of health and safety issues in the workplace and the regulations for maintaining a healthy and safe working environment.

The CIEH Foundation Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is designed for:

  • Workers at all levels within employment
  • Employers looking for an induction or professional development course for employees

Upon successful completion of this qualification, candidates will be equipped with a background and understanding of common hazards and how to control them. It will help you work more safely and be more aware of how your own actions can affect the health and safety of others. It’s also a highly transferable skill that looks great on any CV.

What’s more, employers can book this course for their employees and rest assured that they have fulfilled their legal responsibilities for providing quality Health & Safety training which meets OFSTED and CQC requirements

What's Covered?

Health and Safety matters

  • Introduction
  • Common accidents and illnesses
  • Factors affecting health and safety
  • Costs and benefits
  • Health and safety principles
  • Hazards and risks
  • Responsibilities at work
  • Company health and safety policy
  • Health and safety inspectors
  • Putting things right

A safe workplace

  • Introduction
  • Aches and pains
  • Identifying issues
  • Rethinking the workspace
  • Alcohol and drugs

Working safely

  • Introduction
  • Structural safety features
  • Heating and cooling
  • Identifying hazards
  • Safety signs
  • Using machinery
  • Operating machinery
  • Personal protective equipment
  • PPE and hygiene

Vehicles, noise and heights

  • Introduction
  • Accidents
  • Environmental changes
  • What is noise?
  • Vibration
  • Risk assessment
  • Noise control measures
  • Working at height
  • Planning and organising

Manual handling

  • Introduction
  • Possible injuries
  • Manual handling operations regulations
  • Making life easier
  • Doing it right

Fire and electrics

  • Fire: common causes
  • The fire triangle
  • Fighting fire
  • Fire safety features
  • Avoiding accidents
  • Electrical equipment safety


  • Introduction
  • Workplace hazards
  • Hazardous substances
  • Example of dangers of exposure – dermatitis
  • Assessing the risk
  • Preventing exposure
  • Training and authorisation
  • Safe working procedures

When things go wrong

  • Introduction
  • Aggression and violence
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • First aid
  • Accidents


This course can be delivered as a half-day refresher/awareness course. The certification displaying the course content will demonstrate how National Occupational Standards have been met.

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