Health and Safety Basics

By | April 20, 2015

Health and safety is a frequently discussed subject, and concerns all aspects of the work place and work activities. There is some basic health and safety advice that everyone should be aware of no matter where you work or what your job role is.

This lesson will provide a general overview to health and safety issues; such as what to do in an emergency, where to find advice, and how to keep your work place safe. Every worker has the right to work in a safe environment, and has the right to refuse to do anything that is putting them in harms way unnecessarily. This being said, it is also the responsibility of everyone in the work place to ensure the safety of themselves, their colleagues and any other visitors to the work place.

Read through the presentation then answer the questions below to test your knowledge. This lesson should take approximately 30 minutes, however you might want to take longer research some of the individual topics. You can revisit this lesson at any time.


1. The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) is responsible for:


2. When does a company require  a written Health and Safety policy?


3. What type of fire extinguisher would you use to extinguish an electrical fire?



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For more information, see the following links:

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Health and Safety Executive:

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