10 Most Valuable Free Online Health & Safety Courses

Online learning has become a popular and convenient way for Occupational Health and Safety professionals to expand their knowledge and skills. As a professional whose primary responsibility is to protect people and assets, staying up-to-date on the latest industry developments is crucial. However, with so many options available, it can be challenging to determine which courses are the most valuable and relevant to your needs.

To assist you in your professional development, we have compiled a list of Alison's top 10 free online courses for OH&S professionals. These courses cover a range of topics, including management systems and technical and behavior-based safety, and are all CPD-accredited. 

Upon completion of any of these courses, you have the option to purchase a printed certificate or add the course to your LinkedIn profile as evidence of your continuing professional development. 

So don't miss out on the opportunity to advance your safety expertise and invest in your professional growth by exploring our curated selection of the most valuable online health and safety courses.

1. Hazard Recognition and Risk Assessment

Recognizing potential hazards and assessing the risks involved are fundamental skills for any occupational health and safety professional. This free online course will teach you the importance of risk assessment and hazard identification in any industry. The skills you'll learn in this course include spotting hazards, conducting thorough risk assessments, and effectively using safety resources. After completing the course, you will have a new way of thinking about your current job.  There is no prerequisite for this course, and it will teach you all you need to know about hazard recognition and risk assessment.

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2. Hydrogen Sulfide Awareness

Hydrogen Sulfide is the most toxic gas encountered in the Oil & Gas industry and Construction sites. This Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Awareness free online course covers everything you expect from a thousand-dollar course and will teach you the fundamentals of working safely in H2S situations. You will become familiar with the hazardous properties of H2S, its exposure limits, health impacts, detection methods, control measures to avoid exposure, appropriate personal protective equipment, and emergency response procedures. This course provides all the information necessary to protect yourself from this dangerous gas and is essential for anyone in the Oil & Gas or Construction industry. 

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3. Fundamentals of Health and Safety in the Workplace

This free online Occupational Health & Safety course is an ideal starting point for understanding health and safety. The course teaches the core ideas and practices of occupational health and safety. You will learn how to identify workplace hazards and risk factors, types of fire and fire extinguishers, electrical hazards, and chemical safety. The course will be of real value to the persons at the start of their career and will provide an overview of the health and safety concepts.

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4. ISO 45001:2018 - Principles of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

The ISO 45001 standard was published in March 2018 and is widely adopted worldwide. This course will educate you on why the ISO chose to develop the standard, how the standard operates, the possible benefits the standard may provide to businesses, the PDCA method, and more. You will learn how to develop an effective health and safety management system based on this standard. This course is a best seller on Alison and is strongly recommended to all health and safety professionals.  

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5. CPR, AED, and First Aid

This free online certification course teaches lifesaving techniques such as CPR, AED, and first aid. Before introducing you to how to treat injuries and cardiac arrest, this course begins with first aid fundamentals such as determining responsiveness and recognizing common symptoms. The course describes how to respond to choking, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), or utilize an automated external defibrillator (AED). This course can help keep you and your loved ones safe and qualifies you for becoming a certified first aider at the workplace.

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6. Behavior-based Safety

The free online Behavior Based Safety training course overviews how an organization can use behavior-based safety practices. In this course, you will learn about the different roles and responsibilities of the supervisor and the employee. You will also learn how to identify factors that can lead to accidents and how behavior is affected by those factors. You will also learn how to get to know and inspire your team members.

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7. Fire Safety - Essential Concepts, Prevention & Control

This compact course on fire safety planning, management, and control is intended for professionals for whom fire safety management is essential. This course covers several critical components in fire safety, including the categorization and use of fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. Also, BS 9997 and OSHA Act are covered in this course.

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8. Chemical Safety; Fires and Explosions

This free online course on Chemical Safety will teach you about the various classifications of fires and explosions, as well as the flammability characteristics of fires and the different types of fire extinguishers. You will also learn about the anatomy of fire extinguishers, the suitable types of fire extinguishers for various types of fires, electrostatic ignition, and the basic design technique for preventing electrostatic ignition.

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9. Accident Prevention and Investigation in Occupational Systems

This introductory course provides an overview of accident investigation and prevention techniques in various occupational situations. This course will teach you the procedures to prevent workplace accidents and injuries. You will also study the stages of risk control outlined by the pyramid of the 'hierarchy of controls,' followed by methods for reducing workplace accidents.

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10. Back Care and Manual Handling (Theory)

This free online course on back care and manual handling will teach you the concepts of safe lifting, how the back functions, and preventative measures to take at home and work to avoid back injuries. Back injuries, such as sprains, strains, herniated discs, and broken vertebrae, can be uncomfortable and dangerous if they result from heavy lifting incidents. Take this course immediately to prevent back injury from hard lifting.

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Check out the abovementioned free online courses today and attain certification or better understand Occupational Health and Safety. If you like this post, please share it with your friends, and subscribe to our mailing list to receive such informative posts in your inbox. 

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