Health and Safety in Construction

This JISC funded project has allowed us to create 25 interactive learning objects covering many common aspects of Health and Safety in construction. Topics covered will be mandatory in both NVQ/apprenticeships and BTEC (Construction and the Built Environment) at all levels and is therefore a particularly reusable and useful set of resources.

This engaging, interactive multimedia content includes:

  • Videos to introduce the topics, highlight importance and demonstrate good practice.
  • Audio narration throughout and text on screen to aid accessibility.
  • Short quizzes including formative and summative assessment material where appropriate.
  • Printable worksheets and other relevant documentation.

Click on the links below to view each topic.


An Introduction to Health and Safety Legislation

This course looks at the legislation surrounding health and safety in the construction industry. Working on construction sites is risky and there have been thousands of people killed in the past 30 years. More recently there has been a drop in the figure which should continue to drop as the management of health and safety improves.

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Safety Signs and Signals

This topic covers the implementation and use of safety signs and signals in accordance with the Health and Safety Regulations 1996. Learners complete the learning content with a quiz to check their understanding.

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Working with Hazardous Substances

This topic covers working with hazardous substances such as asbestos, lead, fluxes or solvents. this resources has a short video from an industry expert as well as interactive content taking you through many of the health and safety implications and most importantly how to be safe.

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Legal Status of Health and Safety Publications

This topic gives a brief overview of the types of legal status publications have in relation to health and safety in construction. This gives clear guidance on the difference between mandatory and advisory publications and how they should applied to your work.

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Fire Safety

This topic covers fire safety. It will help you understand what to do should an emergency arise and update you on current legislation. It also explores how you might apply this knowledge at work in a site that changes over time.

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Working in Trenches and Excavations

This covers the planning, working practices and dangers of working in trenches and excavations. Targeted at Level 2 learners this resource has a short video from an industry expert as well as interactive content taking you through many of the health and safety implications and most importantly how to be safe.

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Working in confined spaces

Wherever possible working in confined or restricted work spaces should be avoided. If work must be done in such circumstances then a risk assessment by a competent person must be carried out. This resource covers the planning, working practices and dangers of working in confined spaces.

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Personal Protective Equipment

Within Health and Safety legislation, the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations (1992), sets out the importance and use of equipment worn by individuals engaged in work tasks. This resource covers the legislation and range of PPE available as well as advice on choosing the correct equipment for a range of construction tasks.

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Electrical Installation and Hazards

Electric shock is a major hazard within the construction industry. This topic covers electrical installation and hazards and covers how they can occur and what you need to know to keep yourself safe when working with electricity.

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Electricity Supply

This topic covers the supply, distribution and use of electricity on a construction site or smaller work sites. Learners complete the learning content with a quiz to check their understanding.

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Portable power tool safety

Through this training resource you will become more aware of your duties and responsibilities when using power tools. Targeted at Level 2 learners this resource has a short video from an industry expert as well as interactive content taking you through many of the health and safety implications and most importantly how to be safe.

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Safe isolation procedures

We cannot detect the presence of electricity solely by using our senses, so we must use some tools coupled with a robust sequence of activities to prove that an electrical system is safe to work on. This topic covers safe isolation procedures when working with electrical installations on construction sites.

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Temp Continuity Bonding

This topic covers the installation of temporary earth bonding when the existing equipotential earth bonding system is interrupted during maintenance or installation work. All trades should be aware of the importance of keeping the equipotential bonding system intact to prevent the risk of electrocution through touching exposed metalwork.

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Safety with gas heating equipment

Gas heating equipment should only be used by competent trained individuals who have been authorised through the site ‘Permit to Work’ system to do Hot Working. This topic covers the safety issues with gas heating equipment and different bottled gases such as propane, butane, acetylene or oxygen.

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Safe use of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG)

Bottled gas for work purposes should only be used by competent trained individuals who have been authorised to perform ‘hot work’ through the issue of a site ‘Permit-to-Work’. This permit system is a risk reduction method aimed at reducing the number of gas related incidents on site. This topic covers the safe use of liquid petroleum gas (LPG).

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Equipment Used with Oxy Fuel Gases

This resource introduces oxy fuel equipment (such as oxyacetylene rigs) used within the construction industry. This equipment should only be used by competent trained individuals who hold the relevant Permit to Work issued by the site office. This topic covers the equipment used with oxy fuel gases for welding, cutting and similar processes.

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Working at Height – Ladders

This topic covers working at height, in particular ladders, steps & trestles, crawl boards and low level hop up platforms. The resource includes ladder classification, lifting and carrying procedure, as well as essential safety checks and general safe working practice.

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Working at Height - Scaffolds and Platforms

This topic covers working at height using scaffolds and elevated work platforms. Before you study this module please complete the ‘Working at height – ladders’ resource. Learners complete the learning content with a quiz to check their understanding.

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Accident Prevention and reporting

At work we all have a responsibility to keep ourselves and others safe and free from injury. Despite our best intentions and those of our employers to remove all site hazards, injuries (many of them serious) still occur. This resource takes you through the causes of accidents, the risk assessment process and reporting accidents.

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Enforcement of the H&S Legislation

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) enforce the law along with the Local Authority. They work under the Health and Safety Executive/Local Authorities Enforcement Liaison Committee (HELA). This resource takes you through the role of the Health and Safety inspector and what they may enforce if there is a breach of regulations.

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Legislation Quiz

Test your learners with this short quiz on health and safety legislation in the construction industry. Other topics covered in this set of resources cover the learning required for this quiz.

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Building Services Regulations (Water, Gas)

Building Services describes the activities which are not connected to the construction of a building; it relates to the services which are installed in the building during construction. These services are typically: Water, Gas, Electricity, Heating / Ventilation, and Telecommunications. A brief outline of the relevant legislation is covered.

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Manual Handling

This covers the safe movement of loads by hand know as manual handling. Correct procedures and techniques are covered as well as the importance of avoiding injury. Risk assessment is part of this process.

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Risk Assessment

This topic covers the procedure for carrying out a risk assessment including identifying hazards, evaluating the risks and implementing control measures to reduce or eliminate them.

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