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Introduction to health and safety in construction


Also known as Health and Safety Awareness (HSA). The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with knowledge and skills required to work safely in a construction environment.

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1 day of 6 learning hours


The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with knowledge and skills required to work safely in a construction environment


  • principles of risk assessment of maintaining and improving health and safety at work
  • importance of safe manual handling in the workplace
  • importance of working safely at height in the workplace
  • risks to health within a construction environment
  • importance of working around plant and equipment safely

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • operative and craft.

Delegates pre-requisites

There are no delegate pre-requisites as part of this standard.


As a minimum, course trainers must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • an award in education and training (or equivalent, as per requirements for approved training organisations)
  • successfully completed training to this standard
  • at least 2 years relevant industrial experience
  • a verifiable CV.


Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for delegates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and delegate/trainer ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable delegates to achieve the learning outcomes.

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • face to face learning environment only (such as classroom/workshop etc.)
  • virtual only (guided learning on-line)
  • a blend of classroom and remote
  • a blend of face to face and virtual

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more theoretical learning.

This standard is considered to be set at a basic level.


For the successful completion of training, delegates must complete an end of course practical assessment or knowledge test that measures all learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.

Where this training is assessed using multiple-choice questions, a minimum of 10 questions must be asked and delegates are required to achieve an overall pass mark of at least 80%

Quality assurance


CITB will gain assurance through the third party’s quality arrangements.

Approved Training Organisation’s will be required to supply confirmation of approval (centre approval and scheme approval) with the related third-party awarding organisation or body. In most cases this will be an approval certificate provided by the third-party awarding organisation or body, listing the routes, qualifications and categories they are approved to deliver. In addition, a copy of the most recent external quality assurance monitoring report will be required, relating to the standard that you wish to be approved for.

This information will be reviewed by CITB’s quality assurance team. Approval will be subject to the required third-party documentation being supplied by you. As part of the quality assurance checks, CITB may confirm the accuracy of documentation with the issuing organisation


Renewal every 5 years


Mandatory Renewal

Approval date

April 2021

Review cycle

On request or 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The delegate will be able to:

  • state the purpose of risk assessments and method statements including their legal requirements
  • state common causes of work-related fatalities and injuries
  • state the implications of not preventing accidents and ill health at work
  • state the meaning of the following in relation to health and safety at work: accident, near miss, hazard, and risk.


list typical hazards/risks associated with the following:

  • resources
  • equipment
  • obstructions
  • storage
  • services
  • wastes

Work activities

  • state the importance of reporting accidents and near misses
  • state typical accident reporting procedures
  • state the reasons for ensuring safe manual handling in the workplace including potential ill health that may occur from incorrect manual handling
  • state the procedures for safe lifting in accordance with official guidance
  • state the importance of using site safety equipment when handling materials and equipment
  • list aids available to assist manual handling in the workplace
  • define the term ‘working at height’
  • state the employee’s responsibilities under current legislation and official guidance whilst working at height
  • list hazards/risks associated with the following: dropping tools and debris, stability of ladders, overhead cables, fragile roofs, scaffolds, internal voids, equipment, working area, and other people
  • state how hazards/risks associated with working at height can be controlled
  • state the regulation that controls the use of suitable equipment for working at height
  • list substances hazardous to health under current regulations
  • list common risks to health within a construction environment
  • state the types of hazards/risks that may occur in the workplace linked with use of drugs and alcohol
  • state the importance of the correct storage of combustibles and chemicals on site
  • state the importance of personal hygiene within a construction environment
  • state the potential hazards/risks to the health of workers exposed to asbestos
  • state types of asbestos waste
  • state types of personal protective equipment (PPE) used when dealing with hazardous materials
  • list ways in which moving machinery can cause injuries
  • state hazards/risks relating to the use of plant and equipment
  • state the importance of keeping a safe distance away from plant/machinery and equipment until clear contact is made with the operator
  • identify hazard warning signs and symbols used around the use of plant and equipment.

Additional information about this standard

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance:

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