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Health and Safety: Services

Risk Assessment

Course members will be better able to:

  • implement the broad requirements of health and safety legislation in regard to risk assessment

  • identify where in their business, assessment of risk is required

  • carry out and review assessment of risk

  • decide what information will need to be recorded, and how

  • decide what training and supervision will be required

  • create a personal action plan

Who is the course for?
Employers, employees and the self-employed who have responsibilities for managing work and people at work. They will have a basic Understanding Health and Safety Legislation and have responsibility for carrying out risk assessment. An LTG certificate of attendance will beissued upon completion of the course. 

One day - 7 hours 

Instructor/Trainee Ratio
Max: 1:12 Min: 1:6 

Course Content
Introducing risk assessment
Implementing risk assessments
Legal framework of risk assessment
Practical risk assessment
Action plan
Review and assessment of the workshop 

Items delegates will be asked to bring:
Company health and safety policy
Accident book (if possible)
Risk assessment (if possible)

Manual Handling

To enable course members to:

  • state the six principles behind safe manual handling of loads

  • lift, carry and lower all heavy loads within their personal capacity

  • state the parts of the body which are at risk of injury when lifting incorrectly

  • list the techniques that can be applied to the manual handling of loads

  • suggest ways in which tasks involving the lifting and moving of heavy loads can be achieved safely and with minimum effort

  • observe the improvements made in their manual handling skills

Who is the course for?
All young people and established workers undertaking tasks involving the manual handling of loads.

One day - 6 hours
Alternatively LTG also offers a half day Principles of Manual Handling Course

Instructor/Trainee Ratio
Max: 1:10 Min: 1:4 

Course Content 
Lifting tasks and observation
Analysis of video
Application of principles
Spinal injuries
Solving handling problems
Identifying training needs
Advanced techniques
Measuring effectiveness
Conclusions and action plans

Equipment and Venue Requirements
Venue: Warm, well lit room with sufficient seating, power point(s), suitable area for practical exercises, OHP and screen, Flipboard & paper, washroom & toilet facilities nearby
Trainees: boilersuit, gloves, protective footwear

Examples of typical items to practice safe lifting: some suggestions are listed below:-
e.g.25kg and 50kg sack
25ltr and 40ltr drums (filled)
200 litre drums, 1 filled & 1 empty
Extending ladder, 4 mtr beam
2.5mtr gatepost/2mtr log
4 buckets, lifting stick
4 concrete blocks, 2 pitchforks
2 straw bales, large calor gas
cylinder, axe, pick-axe, sledgehammer, tractor with front weights, tractor and trailed PTO driven machine, shovels (1 long and 1 short handled), wheelbarrow loaded with sharp sand. 

Health and Safety: Services

Safe Use of Ladders

At the end of the course each delegate will have sufficient knowledge and the necessary skills to use ladders safely, including:-

  • the legal duties placed upon employers/employees

  • the importance of safe working procedures, making reference to the ladder accident statistics

  • the selection of the right access equipment for the task

  • the ability to inspect, prior to use, and identify common defects, plus reporting procedures

  • safe use of ladders and the benefits of levelling/stabilising devices.

Who is this course for? 
This course of training is intended for supervisors and operatives who are expected to inspect, use and manage the safe use of ladders during the course of their work. The proposed ‘Working at Height’ Regulations ensures that this course is topical. The course aims to train supervisors and operatives in the skills and knowledge needed to safely use ladders in the workplace. Delegates will be expected to achieve 70% on a simple assessment conducted at the end of the course. Those successfully completing the course will receive a certificate.

A maximum of 12 trainees to one instructor to be permitted on the course.

Course Duration
3 hours (approximately).

Health and Safety: Services


The health and safety module allows operatives to gain the required level of competence to enter the Register of Landscape Operatives, and if required to go on to gain the LISS/CSCS card.


  • Increase operatives awareness of health and safety issues in the landscaping industry.

  • Provide the core Knowledge required to enter the Register.

  • Enable operatives to identify and resolve a range of health and safety issues.

The module programme contains a number of core subjects which all operatives will find of use and relevance on a day to day basis together with a range of site safety issues which may be covered to the extent dictated by their importance to the employers activities.


  • Accident prevention.

  • Health and Safety at Work Legislation.

  • Risk Assessment.

  • Personal Protective equipment.

  • Site hazards.

The issues covered will include:-

Access - safe use of access equipment, including ladders and mobile elevating work platforms. The requirements for fall protection when working at height; of emergency provision, including the implications for lone working.
Work equipment - the safe use of equipment such as power tools, abrasive wheels, and lifting equipment, site plant etc. To include the safe use of vehicles on site.
Noise and vibration - the harmful effects of noise and vibration and how they may be controlled.
Electricity on site - safe use of site electrical equipment and electrical distribution on site. Safety in dealing with buried and overhead electrical services.
Gases - the requirements for safe working with pressure systems and gas cylinders. The potential harmful effects of industrial gases.
Hazardous substances - the effects of harmful substances and the requirements for control under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations. Including the requirements for adequate hygiene facilities.
Use of pesticides - correct control and use of pesticides at site, including the need for personal protective equipment during use.
Manual handling - a discussion of the harm done to people by incorrect handling and the ways in which the risks can be controlled.
Excavations and confined spaces - safety in excavations and when entering and working in confined spaces.
Emergency procedures - to briefly review the need for fire, first aid and other forms

  • Environmental issues

  • End test

The module will end with a short test to validate the learning and ensure the operatives reach the relevant level of understanding.

The test takes the form of a mainly multi-choice question paper with a small number of short answer questions. The pass mark required for ROLO accreditation is 75%.

Successful candidates will receive a certificate from BALI and be eligible for entry to the Register of Landscape Operatives.

A maximum of 12 trainees to one instructor to be permitted on the course.

Course Duration 
6 to 7 hours

Health and Safety: Services
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