Contractor Safety Online Training

The EssentialSkillz Contractor Safety eLearning has been designed to enable contractors to understand their duty to minimise the risks of workplace accidents. The course covers specific health and safety requirements and legislation and outlines the responsibilities of both contractor and the organisation issuing the contract.


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For many organisations, contractors provide a cost-effective way of delivering jobs across construction, demolition, installation, repairs and/ or maintenance. But while a contractor is not a permanent employee, your organisation still has a responsibility to make sure each and every one of your contractors understand their responsibilities, especially when it comes to ensuring a healthy and safe workplace.

Despite a strong focus on recent year on health and safety, there are still hundreds of accidents each year, many of which involve contractors. According to the UK Health and Safety Executive, figures for 2014/15 show 142 workers killed at work, 76,000 employee injuries reported under RIDDOR and 27.3 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury.

The EssentialSkillz Contractor Safety course provides contractors with the information they need to identify and minimise potential dangers that can exist within a workplace. The online course highlights the duties and responsibilities of the contractor, as well as your organisation, to ensure a healthy and safe working environment. It also outlines the code of behaviour necessary to reduce accidents in the workplace.

The course has been designed to cover specific areas, including the importance of effective communication between contractor, organisation, other workers and the general public; safety equipment, including what to wear; the use of any special equipment; and security and emergency procedures.

The EssentialSkillz Contractor Safety course can be customised to meet your needs, at no additional cost. This could be particularly important if you are working across different types of sites or with very different types of contractors. A designated course administrator can edit the text and images within the course using our integrated authoring tool, and link to organisation-specific documentation.

The course will give you, and your contractors, the tools you need to work safely, minimise risks and promote good practice.

Main Sections within the course:

  •      Contractors Overview
  •      Site Information
  •      Emergency Procedures
  •      Final Test


Once the 20-minute course is completed the user will be required to take a final test consisting of as default, 10 required questions out of a bank of 20 questions. Your course administrator can define pass rates appropriate for your organisation and decide to implement the random test question feature. On successful completion of the test, users can download and print a certificate.