Level 1 Award in Health and Safety within a Construction Environment

This qualification is suitable for those entering the industry and needing a basic introduction to it. They also give learners the knowledge they need to undertake their jobs safely. The qualification covers common hazards and risks in a construction environment, safe manual handling practices, working safely at height and working safely around plant and machinery.

Who is this qualification for?

This course is designed for learners working in, or aspiring to work in, the construction industry. Successful learners, who also complete the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environment test, may apply for a CSCS labourer card which will enable them to gain access to construction sites.




Know the principles of risk assessment for maintaining and improving health and safety at work.

  • The purpose of risk assessments and method statements.

  • The legal requirements of risk assessments and method statements.

  • The implications of not preventing accidents and ill health at work.

  • The meaning of the following in relation to health and safety at work: accident, near miss, hazard, risk, competence

  • Typical hazards and potential risks associated with the following: resources, equipment, obstructions, storage, services, wastes, work activities.

  • The importance of reporting accidents and near misses.

Know the importance of safe manual handling in the workplace.

  • The reasons for ensuring safe manual handling in the workplace.

  • The potential injuries and ill health that may occur from incorrect manual handling.

  • The procedures for safe lifting in accordance with official guidance.

  • The importance of using site safety equipment when handling materials and equipment.

Know the importance of working safely at height in the workplace.

  • The term ‘working at height’

  • The employee’s responsibilities under current legislation and official guidance whilst working at height.

  • Hazards and potential risks associated with the following: dropping tools and debris, stability of ladders, overhead cables, fragile roofs, scaffolds, internal voids, equipment, the working area, other people.

Know risks to health within a construction environment.

  • The main groups of substances hazardous to health under current regulations.

  • common risks to health within a construction environment.

  • The types of hazards and potential risks that may occur in the workplace linked with the use of drugs and alcohol.

  • The importance of the correct storage of combustibles and chemicals on site.

Know the importance of working around plant and equipment safely.

  • Ways in which moving plant, machinery or equipment can cause injuries.

  • The hazards/risks relating to the use of plant and equipment.

  • The importance of safeguards located near where plant, machinery and equipment are being used.

  • Hazard warning signs and symbols used when operating, working with, around or in close proximity to plant, machinery or equipment.



Minimum age requirement is 14

Course dates

Given upon purchasing a course

Course timings



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Course duration

The course duration is 21 hours.

Course location

Wood Green Works, 40 Cumberland Road, London N22 7SG or Customer location.

Document requirements


  • a valid passport (any nationality)

  • a signed UK photocard driving licence

  • a valid warrant card issued by HM forces or the police

  • another photographic ID card, e.g. employee ID card, student ID card, travel card etc.

Proof of address

  • Two Proofs of address - utility bills, council tax, etc.


  • Two passport size photographs




Results are available within 10 working days of the exams. HIGH PASS RATE


Successful candidates will receive a  Level 1 Award in Health and Safety within a Construction Environment from a recognised awarding body within England and Wales. It is valid for a period of 3 years and can be renewed by attending another  Level 1 Award in Health and Safety within a Construction Environment course.

How is the qualification assessed?

The qualification is assessed by an open-response learner workbook. This method of assessment is an ongoing assessment of a learner’s knowledge throughout the duration of the course.

This assessment model requires learners to provide a short response to prescribed questions within a workbook set by Awarding Body. Successful learners must demonstrate knowledge and understanding across the breadth of the qualification syllabus.

Group bookings and in-house delivery

We can deliver the training at your location/premises for up to 12 or more learners.


For more information and group booking discounts please contact us.

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