health & Safety Awareness Training


This Health and Safety Awareness Training is suitable for all school staff. This course gives an overview of Health and Safety, focusing on its relevance to staff and the importance of safeguarding students and colleagues. It has been designed specifically to bring staff through their individual Health and Safety responsibilities.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the key health and safety matters relating to everyday teaching and learning.
  • Understand your school’s legal obligations.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of staff.
  • Understand the importance of the Health & Safety Statement.
  • Know how to conduct Risk Assessments.

Course Content


Key Health & Safety Definitions.

Health & Safety Legislation

Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005.
Other relevant legislation.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Roles & Responsibilities of key stakeholders.

Health & Safety Statement

The Health & Safety Statement what is it and how it should be read!

Risk Assessments

What is a hazard?
What is a risk?
What is a control measure?
How to conduct a Risk Assessment!

Communication & Consultation

The importance of communication & consultation.
The role of the Safety Representative.

Classroom Safety

General hazards and how to address them!
Safety checks and how to conduct them!

Practical room Safety
(Post Primary Version Only)

Student Considerations.
Technology, Woodwork & Metalwork Best Practices.
Science Labs Best Practices.
Art Room Best Practices.
Home Economic Room Best Practices.

Emergency Procedures

Basic Principles of Fire!
Fire in the Classroom Best Practices
Evacuation Procedures - the what, when, why and how!
What to do in the event of an accident?
First Aid Procedures.
AED / Defibrillator Procedures.

Extracurricular Activities

Safety on school trips.

Manual Handling

Best Practices.
Guideline Weights

Child Protection

The role of the Designated Liaison Person.
How to Report a Disclosure.

Conclusion & Exam

Conclusion & Final Exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

Each course takes approximately 60 minutes to complete.

To book a course, just contact us. Once you’ve made your booking, Ark will be in touch regarding staff enrolment.

Of course, you can call us on 021 6019319 or send us a short email to with your name, number, and a time that suits you to take a call.

The platform has been designed for all levels of technical ability. In addition, we ask every course participant for their feedback which we use to continuously improve the user experience.

In short, no. The Ark Academy™ is browser-based. This means courses are taken online using your Internet Browser, i.e. Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge or Firefox.

The Ark Academy™ works on 99.99% of internet-enabled devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Once you book a course, you can choose for staff to self enroll using a unique group code, or Ark can register staff directly (using their work email address).

On registration, your staff will receive a system-generated email with a link to their assigned course(s) on an agreed date.

Your organisation has access to the purchased course(s) for up to 12 months.

If staff need technical support, they can send us a support ticket using the “Support” option in the top menu of the training site. We’ll respond quickly and deal with their issue directly.

No, they can visit their assigned course at any time, wherever they are. Each course comprises several individual lessons which enable staff to complete it at times convenient to them.

Yes. On completion of a course, your staff will receive a certificate by email. In addition, you (or your designate) will also receive a copy for their personnel file.

The Ark Academy™ will automatically generate course progression reports for Management. This means close to zero administration for you. 

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