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Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment

This qualification gives people who are already working, or wanting to work, in the construction industry, the essential knowledge to manage health and safety. Passing this qualification also allows them to take their CITB test and to apply for their CSCS card.

Preparation for CSCS card application
Preparation for CITB Test
Free student notes and teaching slides
Certificates usually issued within two-working days
Online and paper-based exam
We joined as a member of the British Safety Council because it is a source of information and support, and because it is a means of demonstrating our commitment to improving our health and safety.
Paul Haxell
Group Health, Safety and Environment Director, Bovis Homes Limited
Who is it for?
This qualification is designed for people already working, or wanting to work, in the UK construction industry; all construction businesses have a legal responsibility to provide their employees with relevant health and safety training. A high standard of health and safety protects employees’ and consumers’ health and helps to maintain the reputation of the business. 

Delivering this qualification will provide apprentices and experienced workers with the knowledge and skills they need to apply for their CSCS card (Labourer Card / Green Card) and take the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test.
Having a valid CSCS card and passing the CITB test are both mandatory requirements of working in the construction industry because they grant employees access to UK construction sites as non-skilled workers.

What does it cover?
This qualification delivers essential understanding of the key terms, legal responsibilities and reasons for good health and safety on a construction site. Students will also learn about risk assessments and method statements, personal protective equipment, emergencies and first aid, reporting accidents, fatalities and ill-health in a construction environment. The content of this qualification will also prepare learners for their CSCS card application and passing the CITB test.
Useful downloads:
Information Sheet
Sample student notes
Sample PowerPoint slides

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This qualification is regulated by the UK qualifications regulators in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) so your students can be certain of its quality and assured that it meets the right standards.
Learners will gain the following critical knowledge:
  • Preparation for their CSCS card application and passing the CITB test.
  • How to take personal responsibility for health and safety, and maintaining a safe and healthy working environment.
  • How to keep make risk assessments, method statements and report accidents.
  • How to manage risks involving work equipment, moving vehicles and mobile plant, fire, electricity, manual handling, noise, vibration, hazardous substances, alcohol and drugs.
  • The importance of health and safety signs and personal protective equipment.
This is a short, stand-alone qualification that is also well-suited for integration into wider vocational programmes of study.
Learner requirements
There are no formal entry requirements although learners are expected to have a level of literacy which will enable them to benefit from the teaching materials and complete the exam. Most learners will complete the qualification (including the examination) within the allotted 40 hours. We strongly recommend training centres to plan their delivery in a manner that is sympathetic to the varying requirements of each attendee.
The experience levels of people taking this qualification will differ (sometimes noticeably). For example, construction apprentices or young employees new to employment generally will likely require the full 40 hours, whereas people with more life and work experience, especially those attending with a view to renewing their CSCS card, may require less time.
Learning materials
Approved centres will be provided with PowerPoint slides and student handouts to enable and support the delivery of the qualification.
Learners pass the qualification by completing an online or paper-based exam. It consists of 40 multiple-choice questions based on the learning completed. Candidates have one hour to complete the exam and must answer at least 26 questions correctly to pass.
We are fast and flexible
Our qualifications are appealing to candidates because they’re flexible. Many of them can be taken online and, if there aren’t enough computers at your centre, there is always a paper-based option. Our online qualifications system allows you to manage your candidates and access your results at any time. We also issue results and certificates much faster than most other awarding organisations and, for our online examinations, the results are instant!
We are popular and trusted
Our courses and qualifications are delivered by more than 600 approved centres across the UK and overseas. They’re also being delivered throughout the community by schools, employers, prisons and private training providers, so you don’t have to be a formal education institute to deliver our courses.
We’re are highly experienced and a one-stop shop
Our courses are well-respected because we’ve been doing this for almost 60 years. We’re also the only UK awarding organisation to offer a complete suite of health and safety qualifications from Entry Level to Level 6 within the national qualifications framework.
To become an approved centre, the following one-off fees apply:
To become approved to only deliver a particular qualification, the following fees apply per qualification for Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications:
  • £250.00 for British Safety Council members
  • £350.00 for non-members
  • If you would like to deliver this qualification, please contact us on 020 3510 8355 or e-mail
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