CITB Health and Safety Awareness (HSA)



Course duration

1 Day

Certificate valid for

5 years

Grant Available
Selected Dates

This CITB Health and Safety Awareness course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues. 

This is an ideal foundation for those wishing to obtain the green CSCS Labourers Card.

CSCS Labourers Card

CSCS Labourer Card

If you are looking to start a career in construction, or wondering if the Labourers card is the right one for you, then read our blog 'An Essential Site Skills Guide - Green CSCS Labourer Card'.

Site Safety Plus (SSP) Courses

The Site Safety Plus suite of courses provides a range of courses for people seeking to develop their skills in the building, civil engineering and allied industries. Designed from operative to senior manager level, they provide the skills you need to progress through the construction industry, from the one day Health and Safety Awareness course to the five-day Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS). We also offer refresher courses so that workers are always kept up to date with the latest techniques and industry practice to be safe whilst on the job.

Health & Safety Awareness Online Course – Virtual Classroom

We can now deliver this through interactive Video Learning, for those working remotely that wish to achieve their CITB Health and Safety Awareness qualification. Please contact us on 0115 8970 529 or email for more information.

CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course Overview

This one-day CITB Health and Safety Awareness course is designed to aid the understanding of potential hazards the construction worker may face on site.

It provides a practical summary of health, safety, welfare and environmental issues, identifying the delegate’s responsibility for looking after themselves and others; outlining the employer’s duties; and explaining what should be done if the worker thinks that anyone’s health and safety is being put at risk.

The course is an ideal foundation for those wishing to obtain an industry accreditation card.

This course is also an alternative route to the QCF Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment for the CSCS Labourer Card.

The CITB Health and Safety Awareness course provides health and safety awareness and is endorsed by Build UK as standard training for all operatives on site.

CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course Aims and Objectives

To ensure the individual responsibilities are understood:

  • why they are carrying out their identified roles
  • what is expected of them
  • how they contribute to the safety of the workplace.

At the end of the day the delegates will be able to:

  • understand the need to prevent accidents
  • have an understanding of health and safety law 
  • identify how their role fits into the control and management of the site
  • understand the need for risk assessments and method statements
  • appreciate the need to perform safely and to stop and ask for advice if not sure
  • report unsafe acts to prevent an accident.

Entry requirements

Delegates must be competent in English at operative level. The course content is suited to all ability levels.

Learner Numbers

The minimum number of delegates per course is 3.  The maximum number of delegates per course is 20.  These are stipulated by the awarding body and are not subject to appeal.


Assessment will be by multiple-choice question paper at the end of the course. Delegates are also expected to actively participate during the CITB Health and Safety Awareness course.

Exam Details

The question paper consists of 25 multiple-choice questions: 20 questions are worth one mark each and 5 questions are worth two marks each. The delegates must obtain 25 marks out of 30 (83%) or more in order to pass the examination. This exam must be taken at the end of the course. The examination paper number will be notified when the course booking is accepted by CITB. 

For a delegate to obtain certification for this course they must pass the HSA examination. The examination lasts 30 minutes and must be completed within this time. This is a closed book exam.

Resit Option

If a delegate is unsuccessful in achieving 25 marks out of 30 (83%) it results in a fail. The delegate may re-sit the multiple-choice examination. The examination can either be retaken on the same day or the delegate can attend another course within a 90 day period (the delegate is not obliged to re-sit the day’s course). 

The training provider must make the arrangements with the delegate and ensure that the same examination paper is not used twice. A charge may be made to the delegate; however, this fee is left entirely to the discretion of the training provider. The training provider may also have additional costs to be recovered from the delegate and this should be agreed in advance. 

When a delegate scores 18 marks out of 30 (60%) or less in the examination, the delegate must attend the full HSA course again before they are allowed to re-sit the examination.

Successful delegates will be awarded a CITB Health and Safety Awareness digital PDF Certificate valid for 5 years. It takes approximately 5 working days for the CITB to issue certification.

CSCS Labourer Card

If you are applying for the CSCS Card Labourer, you will need to have passed the Operatives Health, Safety & Environment Test within the last two years, you can book this directly with the CITB at a cost of £22

Please note: from 1 April 2022 the price of the CITB HS&E test will be changing. The price of the test will be £22.50 and candidates who book their test on or after 1 April 2022 will pay the new price of £22.50.

On completion of the 1 Day Health & Safety Awareness Course with a valid Operative Health Safety and Environment test you would be able to apply for a CSCS Green Labourers Card. You can apply online here, or alternatively you can call 0344 994 4777 and pay £36 using a credit or debit card.

CITB Online Card Checker

CITB Site Safety Plus certificates awarded will be visible on the online card checker once the course paperwork has been processed.

CITB Health & Safety Awareness


A natural progression from this course would be to attend the Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) or a Supervisor Specialist Skills course.

Existing site managers, agents, surveyors and persons holding positions of managerial control should attend the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course.

Course Publication

Safe Start Health, safety and environment handbook GE 707.


Module 1

  • Legal and general responsibilities
  • Accident and ill health.  Prevention and recording

Module 2

  • Health and welfare
  • First aid and emergency
  • PPE
  • Asbestos
  • Respiratory hazards
  • Noise and vibration
  • Hazardous substances
  • Manual handling

Module 3

  • Safety signs
  • Fire prevention and control
  • Electrical safety, tools and equipment
  • Site transport safety
  • Lifting operations and equipment

Module 4

  • Working at height
  • Excavations
  • Confined spaces

Module 5

  • Environmental awareness
  • Pollution
  • Waste materials
  • Nuisance