Health and Safety Awareness (HSA)

SMAS Worksafe now offers the CITB-Approved Health & Safety Awareness (HSA) Course. The course highlights potential hazards when working on sites and offers practical examples to keep you and your colleagues safe.

  • Fully online/remote via Microsoft Teams
  • 1 day course – 9am to 5pm – every Friday
  • Only £99.00 excl. VAT including exam resit if required
  • Led by a CITB qualified instructor
  • The exam has 25 multiple choice questions
  • Free mock test available

About the Course:

The HSA training course is a one-day course that SMAS Worksafe offers entirely online. We have a variety of dates available to book and you can complete the course from the comfort of your own home. At the end of the day’s training, there will be an exam.

The exam consists of 25 questions with a pass mark of 80% and the certificate is valid for 5 years. If after 2 years the holder hasn’t applied for and received their full CSCS card, the course will need to be renewed.

Who’s it for?

This course is an ideal foundation for those wishing to obtain an industry site card. It is also an alternative route to the QCF Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in construction Environment for the CSCS Labourer card

Please note: Delegates must be competent in English at supervisor level to complete this course. Delegates must also have access to a computer with a broadband internet connection and a camera. Please see the system requirements for more information.

The course is the first step toward a CSCS Labourers Card (Green Card) and to the progressive CITB Site Safety Plus courses that range from operative training, up to Supervisor, Site Manager and Director Health and Safety courses.

What does the HSA course cover?

Module 1 – Legal and management

  1. Legal and general responsibilities

State the general responsibilities for health and safety at work.

  1. Accident reporting and recording

State how you and your employer are responsible for maintaining a safe place to work.

Module 2 – Health and welfare

  1. Health and welfare

State the common causes of work-related ill health. Identify the risks and how you can reduce those risks.

  1. First aid and emergency procedures

State the first aid and emergency procedures and know your role within them.

  1. Personal protective equipment

Identify the rules for personal protective equipment (PPE), the common forms and their use.

  1. Asbestos

List the risks of asbestos in the workplace, how to work with it and its management.

  1. Respiratory hazards

State the risks and how to mitigate workplace respiratory hazards.

  1. Noise and vibration

State the health risks of excessive noise and vibration and how to mitigate those risks.

  1. Hazardous substances

Identify the hazardous substances within the workplace and how to ensure those risks are mitigated.

  1. Manual handling

Identify the risks of manual handling, how to recognise activities that pose a risk and how to manage that risk.

Module 3 – General safety

  1. Safety signs

Identify the safety signs and signals on site.

  1. Fire prevention and control

Identify the importance of providing a safe place to work and individual responsibilities.

  1. Electrical safety, work equipment and hand-held tools

Identify the common risks associated with electricity and equipment. Identify a safe method of working.

  1. Mobile plant and site vehicles

State how to work safely around site and the risks from plant and moving machinery.

  1. Lifting operations and equipment

State the importance of planning lifting operations and the care of equipment.

Module 4 – High-risk activities

  1. Working at height

Identify the risks of working at height, how to plan and employ a safe system of work and the use of access equipment.

  1. Excavations

State the main dangers of excavations and how to follow a safe system of working near or in excavations.

  1. Confined spaces

State the definition of a confined space and how to work safely within a safe system of work.

Module 5 – Environment

  1. Environmental awareness

State your role in preventing environmental damage on site.

  1. Pollution

State your role in preventing pollution.

  1. Waste materials

Explain how environmental damage can occur from improper management of waste materials.

  1. Nuisance

Explain your part in reducing nuisance (for example, noise, dust and light).

These learning outcomes are included within the scheme of work, in addition to assessment criteria, notes for guidance, publication references and support materials.


How many questions are there in the HSA exam?

The exam itself is made up of 25 multiple choice questions. These include four safety critical questions which must all be answered correctly to pass the exam. The pass rate for the exam is 80%.

How many days is the HSA course?

The HSA course is a one-day course and you’re required to retake the course every five years.

Can you do an HSA course online?

Yes, HSA courses can now be booked online and will be carried out via an online meeting app. The course will cover the same modules as it would if it were carried out face-to-face and it will be led by a CITB-qualified instructor. The one-day course costs £99 per attendee.

What happens if you fail the HSA?

If you fail the HSA exam, you can be offered an immediate re-sit which you can take on the same day. However, should you fail the re-sit, you will need to enrol for an HSA reassessment within 90 days of the original course date at an additional charge. Once you pass, you will then be awarded the certificate as normal.

What does an HSA course cover?

  • Module 1 – Legal and management
  • Module 2 – Health & Welfare
  • Module 3 – General Safety
  • Module 4 – High-Risk Activities
  • Module 5 – Environment

Do you have a mock test I can try?

Yes, we have curated 10 sample questions which you can use for free to test your knowledge. You can take the mock test by clicking here.

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