At Harrington Safety, we train in the classroom, online and on-site. Call us with any questions 0800 059 0599.

At Harrington Safety, we train in the classroom, online and on-site. Call us with any questions 0800 059 0599.

Health and Safety Courses Reading


Construction Industry Training Courses in Reading

On a construction site, there is risk everywhere and it is the responsibility of everyone from the apprentice to the site manager to look out for hazards and operate in a safe and responsible way to protect themselves and others from harm. We provide a range of health and safety courses in Reading that are suitable for those just starting out in construction to those that run sites or teams.

Harrington Safety is an independent training provider and because of this we can provide flexible training courses with the choice of half day, full day, weekend and online courses for your CITB courses and qualifications. We are able to train just one person or an entire workforce or team, we can adapt our approach to suit you.

The courses we run are all led by experienced industry professionals with history working on site, giving them a full understanding of the challenges construction workers face. The courses are fully interactive, and we encourage class discussions and group work to make the information easy to understand and memorable.

Our training courses in Reading include general health and safety, first aid, working at height, SMSTS, SSSTS, CITB and Face Fit Testing. All of our courses and qualifications are recognised by the relevant governing bodies in each area and upon competition you will receive a certificate that is valid for five years, we also provide refresher courses for when these need to be renewed.

For those looking to obtain their CSCS green card, we provide the HSA course that forms part of your qualification. You will need to also take an environmental touch screen test from another provider to fulfil your requirements as part of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme. A CSCS card is often the minimum requirement for any workers on site and is aimed at ensuring everyone working within the industry operates with the very best health and safety knowledge.

Health and Safety Training

We offer general health and safety training in Reading with a variety of half day courses which you can mix and match to create a training day to suit your employee or workforce. Among our Reading health and safety courses there is the topic choice of abrasive wheels, petrol driven cut off saws, manual handling, Cat and Genny and asbestos awareness.

Within the abrasive wheel training, delegates will be taught about the selection and fitting of abrasive wheels. This is taught in conjunction with the manufacturer’s guidelines and current legislation. Within the course, each of the different types of wheels and discs as well as their different functions will be covered.

Petrol driven cut off saws are becoming increasingly responsible for accidents on site, our course aims to make users aware of the risks of using this equipment and how to operate it safely to minimise injuries.

Manual handling is often something we are often introduced to in health and safety training but can often be forgotten in the course of our everyday work. Our training covers the safe handling and carrying of objects to avoid personal injury. Working on a construction site can often mean handling and moving heavy items so it is important to remember how to do this safely.

Cat and Genny training will introduce users to how to use a Cat and Genny to locate underground services in compliance with HSG47 – allowing for groundwork and excavation without the damage or exposure to cables running underneath – helping to avoid any risks and injury.

Finally, asbestos awareness will inform delegates how to handle asbestos in a safe and responsible way to avoid risk both to themselves, others and the environment.


The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is the number one accrediting body and authority for mobile elevated work platforms. IPAF courses are very popular, with over 100,000 people taking them each year.

So what courses are available for delegates in Reading? There are a number of different categories of training available; 1a – static vertical, 1b – static boom (trailer, truck mounted and spiders), 3a – mobile vertical (scissor lift), 3b – mobile boom (cherry picker) and PAV – push around vertical.

You’ll be pleased to know that Harrington Safety are an accredited IPAF approved training centre – with all of the benefits that this entails. We’re here to empower delegates and provide them with the skills and knowledge that they need to carry out their work safely. We provide training for operators and demonstrators, and our courses vary in length from half day to one day.

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The Prefabricated Access Supplier’s and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA) is the leading international accrediting body and authority for mobile access towers. They are recognised all over the globe – which has made PASMA courses some of the most popular that we provide here at Harrington Safety.

We are an accredited PASMA training centre, and as such we are able to offer a really wide variety of courses for delegates to take their pick from. You can reap the rewards of courses covering towers for users, low level access, towers on stairs, towers with cantilevers, working at height, towers for managers and towers for bridging.

To find out more about the training that we offer within the Reading area, please get in touch with a member of our team today. We’d love to tell you more about our PASMA training courses, and we’ll help to point you in the direction of the most appropriate training for you and your workforce.

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First Aid

First aid is an essential skill for anyone, whether they work on a construction site or not, however because of the high risks of accidents and injury on a working site – it is important to know the basics of administering first aid to provide the best early intervention care.

Our first aid courses in Reading will provide delegates with the practical skills, knowledge and confidence to react to accidents and emergencies to ensure they can give the best care to the injured person while waiting for the ambulance or until the patient can make it to the hospital or a doctor.

The first aid training courses in Reading that we provide cover emergency first aid, first aid at work and mental health. We have included mental health first aid because this is becoming increasingly important with high levels of mental health issues within the construction industry. This training provides an understanding of how to support others and signpost them to helpful resources to get the help they need.

CITB Courses

CITB stands for Construction Industry Training Board and is a range of training to provide construction workers with the understanding of hazards that can pose risk on site and the legislation in place to protect themselves and others on site and who has responsibility for running a safe site.

Our CITB courses in Reading can be provided online, including the same content as our classroom training but provided over Zoom. With our online CITB training, a trainer will be online live on video along with other delegates taking the course. Like a classroom session, there will be discussions, quizzes, activities and interaction are encouraged. When signing up for an online course there will be a link provided to join the online session, the computer you use will need to have access to the internet with a webcam and microphone.

SMSTS Courses

SMSTS stands for Site Management Safety Training Scheme and is designed for anyone who oversees other workers such as site managers and supervisors. Our Reading SMSTS course is five days and includes a mix of case studies, class discussions and group work – delegates are encouraged to be fully interactive and it may be necessary to complete self-study outside of the course to build up their knowledge.

The course will cover aspects such as CDM regulations, confined spaces, demolition, scaffolding, electricity, excavations and working at height as well as important legislation so delegates will receive a full understanding of construction health and safety.

SSSTS Courses

SSSTS stands for Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme and is aimed at site supervisors as the name would suggest. It covers the legal responsibilities of site supervisors covering aspects such as health and safety, welfare and environmental issues.

This course is two days and consists of classroom discussions, group work and an individual or group presentation. There will be assessment throughout the course as well as a multiple choice test at the end of the course to evaluate the knowledge learned.

Delegates will cover health and safety legislation, specific site issues supervisors are likely to encounter, supervision of occupational health, behavioural safety and how to deliver effective toolbox talks.

CSCS Green Card Certification

It is now a requirement of many construction companies that site workers hold a CSCS green card certification. As part of your qualification to obtain your card you will need to complete a one day HSA course which we can provide. This will form one half of your qualification and will need to followed up with a touch screen environmental test. Once this is complete, it is valid for five years.

Work at Height Courses

Working at height obviously has its risks and it is important to know how to work safely when working above the ground using scaffolding, ladders, platforms or powered access equipment. It is one of the biggest reasons for fatal and serious injuries in a construction environment making it essential adequate training is given for working safely at height.

Our working at height courses in Reading feature a range of half day courses which can either be taken alone or matched with another relevant course to create a bespoke training day. To help with training, we can provide this training on site where the required facilities exist so that this training can be provided in context. The trainer will cover harness use, harness inspection, steps, ladders, harness and leading edge as well as be aware of what hazards to look out for.

Working at height training courses in Reading are essential for operating safely and reducing the risk to workers and others on site.

Face Fit Testing

When working with dangerous fumes that can be harmful if inhaled, it is important that face fit testing is carried out to ensure full face masks are fitted correctly and prevent leaks. If you have workers that are required to wear respiratory protection equipment (RPE), it is important that they or a supervisor have an understanding of how to conduct face fit testing.

As part of our face fit testing in Reading, delegates are required to complete a taste test to ensure they can taste the solution ahead of the test. During the fit test, the delegate will need to complete a series of exercises to ensure the mask does not move and that the solution cannot be testing within the mask.

It is a requirement that those who need to wear RPE should not have facial hair as this can compromise the fit of the mask and allow leaks into the mask. It will need to be redone every two years to ensure the fit is correct.

On this course, delegates will also be taught how to provide face fit testing and the different types of masks available, this training should be repeated every three years.

Why Choose Harrington Safety?

If you are looking for training courses in Reading, Harrington Safety are able to provide bespoke options to you or your company to create a training schedule that fits around you. We have a wide range of health and safety courses for you to choose from so you can select those that are most suitable for your business and workforce.

Our trainers are all veterans of the industry and are experienced professionals, so they have first-hand experience of the challenge you face on site and what information is essential for the smooth running of a site. The course content is presented in a simple and interactive way making it easy to understand. Class discussions and activities provide easy ways for the information to be absorbed rather than being talked at for hours on end.

Questions and curiosity are encouraged, and our trainers are happy to break down anything that is difficult to understand.

Get in Touch With The Leading Independent Training Providers

If you are looking for health and safety courses in Reading, get in touch with us now to discuss your training requirements, with our wide choice of topics and courses we can help design a training plan or session to suit you and your staff. We can provide training courses for a single employee, a team or your entire workforce and can mix and match our half day courses to provide a training day that suits you.

Our training courses can be provided on site, online or in our classrooms, we are happy to work with you to minimise the disruption to your workflow and business and provide health and safety training in Reading within a familiar and practical environment.

If you would like to book or find out more about any of our training courses in Reading, please fill out our enquiry form and an advisor will be in touch. You can also call us 0800 059 0599 or email us on We’re happy to answer any questions you may have and how we can work with you to provide tailored training for your business.




We started using Harrington Safety in 2021, the staff are very helpful and professional and go above and beyond to help with last minute requests.

The feedback from our operational team is that training is professional and informative.


Very well structured, managed and informative course provided by both professional and personable staff. The theory and practical tuition that I received put me in good stead to go straight in and operate a 10 ton cherry picker safely and with confidence, both essential factors when using such equipment. I would recommend Harrington Safety Ltd to anyone needing not just to get qualified, but to also feel comfortable operating MEWP systems for their trade.


Ryan was really good instructor, he made sure we understood the theory part of the course and gave us enough time to practice with the machines, so we felt confident before move on to the test. Excellent training!!


Phenomenal training, Ryan’s ability to teach and ensure I fully understood each module in both theory and practical before moving on has left me confident in transferring these skills to the work place.


To start with, this course was outstanding. I've been on a lot of training courses over the years and some are good and some are boring and you can't wait to leave. This course was engaging, the instructor included all students. There was no useless information everything was current and valid no fluff or fillers if you like. The practical was straight to the point and spot on. All in all a good experience and brilliantly put together training course. Top instructors and staff. Highly recommended training facility.


Very good presentation by Gary and very helpful when answering questions.


Harrington safety will be my number one go to for any courses I need to do. I completed my IPAF 3A and 3B and passed 1st time. They let you do the eLearning at home that helps me because of my current position at work. Thank you Paul for a smooth and clear instruction of both the boom and scissor vehicles and Charlie for getting onto IPAF to get my online card quicker, will definitely recommend.


Paul and Charlie were both a pleasure to deal with - very professional, helpful and friendly. Great service and would highly recommend to all. Many thanks.


A well run professional course. Delivered concisely and practically.


First time using Harrington Safety and I found them to be very professional.

The booking process was easy, their responses to any questions was nothing short of instant and their follow up was there!

Thank you Harrington, and I will definitely use you again and advise others to do so.


My certificate and my card arrived today. Thanks for your help, and wonderful attitude. I have many certificates, but your centre is the best. For my next certificate I will be calling you! Thanks.

Alan F

Great teacher, would recommend his courses and will come back to him in future.

Paul was a very good teacher. Easy to understand and helped me when needed. I felt comfortable in his classroom and confident to ask questions. When friends ask, I will recommend.

Ray H

Very knowledgable and passionate tutor

When arriving, I was nervous and unsure of my abilities. The trainer made me feel at ease as soon as I came in. If I needed to ask questions I did, and they were answered clearly and in a way I understood. The practical work was challenging but my trainer guided me through and made it as interesting as possible. Will definitely be recommending this company.


The training was perfectly delivered. I will be quite happy to take my training here again


Excellent, will strongly recommend


Nice people to deal with. Easy website to navigate. Variety of training needs can be met in Covid secure training environment.


Well managed training. The trainers also knew their stuff and answered any questions raised on the course.


Such an amazing company! I couldn't recommend them highly enough for all of your health and safety training within the construction industry.



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