IOSH Safety Health and Environment for Construction Workers

This course provides essential knowledge for anyone who is involved in construction activities.

Course Overview

Consider the shocking fact that 60,000 people worldwide die on construction sites every year and there are 475 work-related accidents a minute. Hardly surprising, then, that accidents, illness and deaths cost business over £2 trillion annually.

The Safety, Health and Environment for Construction Workers course provides essential knowledge for anyone who is involved in construction activities. It’s suitable for any geographical location and for any size of organisation. The course provides the core knowledge your workers need to stay safe and embeds the good understanding and techniques needed to keep others safe too. Keeping your business healthy and safe with an effective training programme will enable you to reduce the cost of accidents and illness by up to 40 per cent.

IOSH have ensured that the practical, jargon-free nature of the course will meet the needs of every learner.

This course has been approved by CITB and Build UK, which means it is aligned to the Build UK Training Standard and employers can access the CITB levy for it.

CSCS approval means that the course will equip delegates with the knowledge and skills required to be eligible to apply for the Green Labourer card – allowing them to work on construction sites in entry-level positions once they have also passed the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Operatives Test.

What the course covers

  • Health and safety issues to be managed in the construction industry to protect employees, contractors, neighbours and others
  • The basics of local law
  • The importance of risk assessments and method statements and the development process
  • Site requirements for the welfare of construction workers on site
  • Hazards and controls associated with construction sites and activities including working at height and confined spaces
  • Site environmental management including management of waste and ecology

Who the course is for

Anyone who works on or around a construction site or has cause to visit the site in the course of their work.

The course is focused on helping delegates to understand what they need to know, and how they can benefit from working in a healthier and safer way. The course provides workers with the knowledge that they’ll be able to use in their day-to-day roles.

The innovative course is woven around a single scenario and case study which is developed at each stage of the course, giving delegates the opportunity to put their acquired skills into practice in the training room.

Understanding legislation, policy and practice in a given territory is crucial for any construction manager. Therefore we have ensured that the section on legislation can be tailored to local contexts. It sets out a global standard, with underlying principles on good practice. With this, delegates can be confident they are taught to the same high standards, whatever the location.

Unlike other construction courses, completion of Safety, Health and Environment for Construction Workers course means that there is no need to sit any additional environment courses – it’s a one-stop shop.



The assessment for this course is a short multiple choice examination.

An IOSH Certificate will be awarded to successful candidates.

What employers will get

  • Globally-recognised and respected certificated training for their workers
  • Peace of mind offered by training that’s designed and quality-assured by the Chartered body for safety and health professionals
  • A course that can be delivered in time-slots that suit the business
  • Fewer hours lost due to sickness and accidents, resulting in greater productivity
  • Improved, company-wide safety awareness culture and appreciation for safety measures
  • Proactive staff involvement to improve the workplace
  • Enhanced reputation within the supply chain

Applying for a CSCS card

The course is recognised by CSCS as an equivalent to a Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment.

This means that delegates who successfully complete a classroom based Safety, Health and Environment for Construction Workers can apply for a CSCS green Labourer card once they have also passed the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Operatives Test.

If you need to renew your green Labourer card, we suggest you book onto a Safety, Health and Environment for Construction Workers course in good time, to ensure your card does not expire (allowing three months before expiry).

Please be aware that this only includes courses delivered  “Live Online” or Face-to-Face in the classroom. Qualifications achieved by e-learning are not recognised by CSCS for the CSCS green Labourer card.


The classroom based course last for 1 day.


Open Course Fees

Course Fee: £130.00 + VAT = £156.00 [per delegate]

The price includes the IOSH course text book, IOSH examination and certification fees, refreshments and a light lunch.

In-House Course Fees

This course is available in-house. Please contact us for a quotation.

This course is not currently available by e-learning, but it can be delivered live remotely/online by zoom.

However, please be aware that IOSH have no agreement from CSCS as to whether virtually delivered SHECW courses will be accepted for the attainment of CSCS cards yet. IOSH are working on this issue with CSCS currently.

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If you have a new employee starting in your organisation or you’re commissioning work to an agency, you can now check the validity of their IOSH training certificates quickly and easily.

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