Health and Safety training

Everyone who works for you needs to know how to work safely and without risks to health. This includes people who are self-employed.

You need to train staff to ensure they know:

  • what hazards and risks they may face
  • how to deal with them, and
  • any emergency procedures.

Health and safety training should take place during working hours and must not be paid for by employees.

Some employees may have particular training needs, for example:

  • new recruits
  • people changing jobs or taking on extra responsibilities
  • young employees who are particularly vulnerable to accidents
  • health and safety representatives.

Keep records

You need to keep records of all training so that you can see when it might need to be repeated. You should consult workers or their representatives to make sure training is relevant and effective.

Training should be repeated from time to time if the work it relates to is only done occasionally.

For example:

  • if someone fills in for someone else when they are away
  • a process is not often done
  • emergency procedures.


You need to make sure that new, inexperienced or young employees are supervised.

Free leaflets

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website has free leaflets on managing health and safety, one of which relates to training.

Training providers

The HSE maintains a list of Training providers.

You may be able to source other training providers locally through your own research or recommendation from others.

Page owner: Paul Shrimpton. Last updated: 05/10/2015 08:52

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