Safety Training

The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Department delivers a high quality training providing colleagues with the knowledge and skill so that they can create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment helping to keep themselves and others injury free.

Personal developmental training is also available.

Please refer to the rolling calendar for future dates of face to face sessions near you.

What training are you looking for?

Health, Safety and Wellbeing General Awareness

All to complete this e-learning annually course available on ESR

Fire Awareness

All to complete this e-learning annually available on ESR

New starters - Local Fire Evacuation Instruction should be completed on their first day.  They are also required to attend a face to face Fire Awareness course complete this form and complete Fire Awareness e-Learning.

Attendance at the face to face will be monitored.

Delivered by the Estates and Facilities departments

Manual Handling Awareness

All to complete this e-learning annually course available on ESR, with additional training as per specific role requirements.

Leading and Influencing Health, Safety and Wellbeing (HS&W) - Booking form

Your role as a Supervisor, Manager or Leader is critical in making NHSBT a great and safe place to work so having a solid understanding of your responsibilities and how to apply best practice benefits us all.

All Supervisors, Managers and Leaders are required to complete the e-learning module as part of their mandatory training. 

In addition to completing the e-learning module if you are a Manager or Leader you are also required to book attendance on the relevant workshop as follows:

  • Supervisors – to attend an optional one day workshop – Health, Safety and Wellbeing for Managers
  • Managers – to attend a one day workshop – Health, Safety and Wellbeing for Managers
  • Leaders – to attend a half day workshop – Health, Safety and Wellbeing for Leaders (Behavioural Safety)

Attendance at the required workshop will be monitored.

Refresher training should be updated annually by completing the General Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awareness e-learning package.

Use of Liquid Nitrogen and Practical Decanting Workshop - Booking form

This course is in 2 parts initially.

The first part is an e-learning session available on ESR This is also used for refresher training after 3 years.

Once candidates successfully complete the e-learning, they will then be able to attend part 2, which is a 2 hour practical decanting workshop (Optional for refreshers)

Please submit a course enrolment form to HR Direct

The aim is to understand the full range of hazards and risks associated with the use of cryogenic gases and to be able to control those risks.

Please note candidates are advised to join our waiting list for this training, as the decanting courses are arranged according to demand.

First Aid

Over 13,000 people die each year in accidents occurring in everyday situations, both at home and at work. It is important that they receive immediate attention and that an ambulance is called in serious cases.
The role of the first aider is an important one. They are trained personnel who can administer first aid measures and help save lives.
The NHSBT has teamed up with St John's Ambulance to provide information and invaluable training in this area.
The need for centre based colleagues to be trained as a First Aider is determined by the centre First Aid Risk Assessment. To receive a copy of this, please contact your local Head of Centre.

For BD teams, each team must have 4 trained First Aiders or 16%.

To find out more, please use the following links:

If you have been asked to be a First Aider by your manager, Head of Centre or Health & Safety Adviser:
You and your manager will need to find a course at a suitable place and time. Use the St John's Ambulance web site (St John's Ambulance First Aid  - Training in the Workplace) to find a course at a suitable place and time, but do not book directly online.

First Aid training is available at selected venues, please check the St John website for available dates and locations.

Centre based staff should send requests to HR Direct using this booking form, Booking Form

Blood donation staff (who work in a mobile collection team or donor centre) should send requests to Admin Hub First Aid Courses using this booking form

This must be completed with both yours and your managers details, details of the course required and signed by your manager. If you are centre based this will be passed on to your local health & safety adviser to authorise the form.

General Risk Assessment - Booking form

This course is a 1-day course. The course runs from 10 am to 4 pm. The aim is to be able to undertake competent general risk assessments and understand their individual role in the process.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH) Risk Assessments - Booking form

 This course is a 1-day course. The course runs from 10 am to 4 pm and is designed to demystify the identification, assessment and control of substances hazardous to health. On completion of the course candidates will be able to;

  • Recognise the hazards associated with substances
  • Identify and evaluate risks
  • Take the necessary steps to reduce their own risks and those of their staff.

Pre-requisite - candidates must have successfully completed the Health, Safety and Wellbeing 1-day General Risk Assessment course, before booking a place on this course.

Manual Handling Training Skills and Risk Assessment - Booking form

This course is a 4-day course, which is split into two parts, each containing 2 consecutive days. To achieve a certificate of competency, candidates must attend all 4 days of this course. The course runs from 9:30 am to 4.30 pm

The aim is to be competent at assessing manual handling risk and identifying ways to reduce risk, including the provision of manual handling training and to be competent in delivering manual handling training.