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Health & Safety – Level 4

This course goes into detail about every area of health & safety that businesses may encounter and provides information on undertaking effective risk assessments and ensuring that relevant, sufficient and appropriate control measures are in place.

The course addresses in-depth health & safety legislation and aims to raise awareness of the responsibilities that all managers and supervisors are expected to maintain.


A minimum of 40 hours instruction over 5 days.

Who should attend?

Managers and supervisors, responsible for Health and Safety within their organisations. This includes those who have a responsibility for training employees, maintaining standards and enforcing a positive health and safety culture at work.

It is also suitable for those seeking approval to run the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health’s Certificate in Health and Safety. Suitable for everyone who monitors and audits health & safety management systems.


This course provides managers with sufficient knowledge that enables them to both design and implement a Health and Safety management programme within their organisation. Managers should feel competent, on completion of the course, to fulfil the requirements laid down by the various pieces of legislation.

By the end of this course learners will:

  • Have a complete understanding and awareness of responsibilities under current health & safety legislation and be able to interpret legal requirements
  • Have the ability to develop auditing and monitoring programmes
  • Describe health & safety management systems
  • Have the ability to design safe practices and procedures
  • Be familiarised with health and safety policy and able to explain requirements and methods of effective communication, implementation and review of that policy
  • Be able to develop and implement safe systems of work
  • Know how to report and investigate accidents
  • Understand the principles and techniques of health & safety inspection
  • Understand the roles of managers, supervisors and PPE
  • Know how to deal with stress, welfare, conflict, motivation, staff training, first aid and emergency procedures
  • Understand the risks associated with fire and explosion, electricity, working at height, vehicles, hazardous substances, violence, drugs and alcohol, noise and vibration, manual handling
  • Have the ability to liaise with enforcement officers
  • Know how to train staff and establish risk assessment projects

Course content

  • Health & safety management and legislation
  • Health & safety culture: develop and maintain a positive health & safety culture in the workplace, benefits of providing information, instruction, training and supervision in health & safety, development of effective health & safety training in the workplace
  • Working Environment and work equipment: general features of work premises to ensure safety and welfare, appropriate first-aid provision, elements of work equipment, safe use of electrical equipment, work at height, vehicles, fire safety, emergency situations and imminent danger
  • Accidents and First Aid
  • Fire Safety
  • Statutory Inspections
  • Noise and stress
  • Risk Assessment
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health
  • Safety Committees/Safety Policies
  • Display Screen Equipment
  • Safe Systems of Work
  • Ventilation
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Ergonomics and Manual Handling


  • Supervisors are in a position to influence, monitor and train employees
  • Managers are able to produce programmes to audit, monitor and reduce risks
  • An improved reputation among suppliers, clients and partners
  • Managers knowledgeable in compliance and legislation
  • Better business continuity
  • Can be tailored to business and individual needs
  • Flexible delivery to fit in with your needs, can be run at your premises or at our training centre in London
  • Examples chosen to suit your needs and industry

Course content

A minimum of 40 hours instruction over 5 days. The course includes lectures enhanced by audio/visual material and practical teaching aids. Delegates are encouraged to actively participate in discussions and group activities.

Some activities will require independent or group research and the presentation of material. Delegates will also be expected to participate in practical activities.


  • A controlled assignment to be completed under examination conditions (worth 100 marks).
  • An examination (comprising 5 compulsory questions worth 20 marks each).

The final mark awarded is the average of the controlled assignment and examination mark (both must be passed -the pass mark is 60).


Successful candidates receive an award certificate from the Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance. This can be used to provide evidence of compliance and audit.