Level 2 Health and Safety in the workplace

Level 2 provides candidates with knowledge of practices that are essential in the workplace. This includes the hazards and risks presented in the workplace along with the relevant legislation, and ensures awareness of cost-effective, practical control methods.

All employers are required to have the correct systems in place to ensure a healthy and safe working environment for employees and any other people who may be affected by their business activities. Through achievement of one of our health and safety qualifications, employees will develop the appropriate knowledge and attitude to contribute to an organisation’s continued compliance.

The Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace is aimed at all employees. It is intended for learners already in workplaces and those who are preparing to start or return to work.


Persons gaining this qualification will know that health and safety is the responsibility of everyone within a business, its contractors, visitors and suppliers. Its subject areas are regarded by the Health and Safety Executive as being important to maintaining safe working procedures in the workplace.


The Course takes around 6 hours in total.  It is normally delivered over 1 day or 2 evenings.


Assessment Guidance

This qualification is assessed through a 30-question multiple-choice question examination. The duration of the examination is 1 hour.

Successful learners must achieve a score of at least 20 out of 30.

Course Content

1. Understand roles and responsibilities for health, safety and welfare in the workplace

1.1 Outline employers and employees duties relating to health, safety and welfare at work

1.2 Outline the consequences for noncompliance with health and safety legislation

1.3 Outline the requirements for training and competence in the workplace

1.4 Outline the ways in which health and safety information can be communicated


2. Understand how risk assessments contribute to health and safety

2.1 Define the terms ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’

2.2 Outline the process for carrying out a risk assessment

2.3 Describe how risk assessment can be used to reduce accidents and ill health at work


3. Understand how to identify and control the risks from common workplace hazards

3.1 Describe the hazards that may be found in a range of workplaces

3.2 Describe how hazards can cause harm or damage to people, work processes, the workplace and the environment

3.3 Describe the principle of the risk control hierarchy

3.4 List examples of risk controls for common workplace hazards


4. Know the procedures for responding to accidents and incidents in the workplace

4.1 State the common causes of workplace accidents and ill health

4.2 Identify the actions that might need to be taken following an incident in the workplace

4.3 List the arrangements that should be in place in a workplace for emergencies and first aid

4.4 Outline why it is important to record all incidents, accidents and ill health