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An introduction to workplace safety and health

A free course consisting of 6 lessons in workplace safety and health. The following lessons are presented: 1. Hazards in the workplace, 2. Measuring Risk, 3. Controlling Risk, 4. Safety Statement, 5. Reporting Accidents and Incidents, and 6. Responsibility. The course is developed towards young people (post primary education) to introduce them into the health risks of work.

After the course, they are able to define safety hazards in the workplace, make a basic risk assessment and estimate risks, know the principles of prevention and identify control measures, know the content of a safety statement, identify key elements in reporting of accidents and the responsibilities of all people involved in the workplace.

It is necessary to register before the course can be approached.

Each lesson consists of simple texts, illustrations and questions, and an assessment. The questions and assessment are interactive and feedback is given on the answers. One may continue without answering the questions. In that case, however, no feedback is provided. The lessons can be followed effectively on-line only. That is, the text presented can also be printed, but the questions, assessment and feedback cannot.

The material is primary meant for students. The level of the material is that of awareness and does not ask for any specific pre-knowledge in health care and / or occupational health. Teachers can monitor the progress of students using a free manager service (also available on the website). Some specific terms used are explained in a glossary.

On start of each lesson, an advertisement (ad) appears on the screen for a considerable period (10-15 seconds). The user may choose for the (paid) option to not let these ads appear.



Original Authors:

Not indicated

Original affiliation, ownership:

Health and Safety Authority, James Joyce Street, Dublin, Ireland

Year of publication:


Charge for use or free:

Free of charge


Target group(s):

graduate students

Usefulness for non-OSH-expert professionals:

Has to be studied

Time demand to complete the lesson or course:

More than 3 hours


This course is part of the free courses provided by ALISON, homepage: . See also the separate course on the Alison website about Back safety, Behavior-based safety, Managing safety and health in schools (International), Workstation ergonomics, Safety and health in construction, Safety and health in the science laboratory for teachers, Safety and health in the technology classroom for teachers

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The lessons can be attended and completed online for free after personal registration. The ALISON Services are for personal use only and may not be used commercially.

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