10 Free Emergency Response Courses for Preparedness at Work

10 Free Emergency Response Courses for Preparedness at Work

Emergency preparedness is a crucial skill that every employee should have, not limited to roles in Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) and the Emergency Room (ER). Whether you’re working in the retail sector, the food and beverage industry or the industrial setting, it is important to know what to do in times of emergency. Our free courses on emergency response and planning will prepare you and your team for unforeseen circumstances. You’ll not only learn about emergency planning and risk management, but you’ll gain first aid skills that are sure to come in handy in unexpected situations. Here are 10 Best Free Courses for Emergency Preparedness Training:

1. Emergency Preparedness Training Course – Food and Beverage Industry

Each industry has its own safety and emergency protocols to follow according to their potential risks. The food and beverage sector has industry-specific situations that warrant emergency preparedness training to minimise workplace hazards for both employees and customers. Kitchens may deal with cuts, burns and fires, while the front of the house may face unruly customers, slips and falls, accidents and other situations. It is vital that each employee understands the proper protocols for handling such situations. This emergency preparedness training course is designed for the food and beverage industry and is more focused towards emergency preparedness in that industry. You’ll learn to recognise common emergencies, seek assistance and communicate effectively with proper authorities to ensure the safety and security of your establishment.


  • Recognising Emergency Situations
  • Organisational Security and Emergency Procedures
  • Seeking Assistance During Emergencies
  • Completing Emergency Incident Reports

Best for: Kitchen staff, Restaurant Managers, Cafe Managers, Bar Employees, Front-of-House (FOH) Staff, Restaurant Employees, Baristas and Bartenders, Cooks and more.
Cost: Free

2. Lockout/Tagout Procedures Course

Lockout/Tagout Procedures, or LOTO, is a facility emergency preparedness protocol designed to prevent the release of hazardous energy. These are specialised emergency planning requirements specific to workplaces that handle equipment and machinery, ensuring that these are safe to inspect without accidentally powering up the machines during maintenance. LOTO procedures involve identifying energy sources that may cause hazards and informing all affected employees of the protocol in place. Our emergency planning course on lockout/tagout procedures will take you through the steps in implementing LOTO in your workplace. You’ll learn the importance of emergency preparedness during the protocol and how to properly implement the LOTO process to minimise workplace risks.


  • What are Lockout/Tagout Procedures?
  • Steps involved in Implementing LOTO Procedures
  • Identifying Potential Energy Hazards in the Workplace

Best for: Machine inspectors, Equipment operators, Maintenance crews, Floor staff, Factory employees, Construction workers, and Linemen.
Cost: Free

3. EWP Rescue and Escape Course

Working at heights on Elevated Work Platforms (EWPs) has its specific risks, which warrant specialised emergency planning protocols for any unforeseen circumstances. The emergency preparedness process for these situations may require equipment that can safely rescue workers on EWPs. This emergency preparedness training course will guide you through the rescue and escape of employees working at heights, including basic first aid and communication with emergency responders. This course is essential for any industry that involves working at heights as it equips workers with risk awareness and emergency management skills to handle unexpected situations.


  • Understanding Elevated Work Platforms (EWPs)
  • Preparing for Emergency Situations
  • Emergency Communication and Reporting
  • EWP Rescue Procedures
  • First Aid and Medical Assistance

Best for: Employees working at heights, Emergency management crews, Linemen, Tree trimmers, Construction workers, Renovation workers, Emergency response teams, Firefighters
Cost: Free

4. Vehicle Collision Awareness Course

Vehicle collisions can happen anywhere, but they pose a greater risk to the transportation industry as vehicles used in industrial environments often operate round-the-clock, have blind spots that can challenge perception when driving and carry large, heavy loads that can offset the balance of the vehicle. These can all cause life-threatening accidents on the road. This emergency preparedness course will instil awareness of vehicle collisions, their causes and how to prevent them. You’ll learn to identify potential risks on the road, communicate with emergency services and minimise the risks associated with the transport industry when it comes to vehicle operations.


  • Introduction to Vehicle Collision Awareness in Industry
  • Common Causes of Vehicle Collisions in Industrial Environments
  • Recognising Potential Collision Scenarios in Industrial Settings
  • Strategies to Prevent Vehicle Collisions in the Workplace
  • Promoting a Safety Culture and Ongoing Vehicle Collision Awareness

Best for: Construction workers, Road work employees, Transport industry workers, Truck drivers
Cost: Free

5. Resuscitation Course

Resuscitation is a vital emergency protocol to learn both in and out of the workplace. Resuscitation is one of the most basic first aid procedures you can do to save a life, increasing a patient’s chance of survival three-fold in most cases. Prompt and proper CPR can potentially save the life of a coworker, employee or customer at your workplace. Our course on resuscitation will take you through the basics of CPR and the techniques to perform CPR properly without causing harm to the patient. The course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to provide life-saving CPR to patients suffering cardiac arrest, drowning or other conditions where resuscitation may increase their chances of survival.


  • Introduction to Resuscitation
  • Rescue Breathing
  • Basics of CPR
  • How to Perform CPR

Best for: All roles and responsibilities in and out of the workplace
Cost: Free

6. Injuries and First Aid Course

First aid is the initial step in emergency management as it provides relief and potentially life-saving care to injuries that occur in the workplace. It is vital for all employees, particularly those working in high-hazard environments, to learn first-aid protocols for common injuries specific to their line of work. This first aid course will equip you with the basic skills and knowledge to properly perform first aid during an emergency. You’ll learn about the common types of injuries and what to do about them, providing them with relief.


  • How injuries occur
  • Common types of injuries
  • How to administer first aid for cuts
  • How to administer first aid for muscle and bone-related injuries

Best for: All roles and responsibilities in and out of the workplace
Cost: Free

7. Fire Safety Course

Fire is a common and prominent workplace hazard in almost any industry and poses a threat to the safety of an organisation and its workers. Fire hazards are present in restaurants, construction sites, mining sites, factories and other workspaces that handle heat, chemicals and oils. It is important for all employees to understand the importance of fire safety protocols and risk management. Our training courses on fire safety will enable you to plan out protocols and procedures in case of a fire at work. You’ll learn the emergency response procedures in case of fire or smoke, as well as how to use a fire extinguisher to put out small fires.


  • Why fire safety training is important
  • How fires start
  • Fire hazards in the workplace
  • How to use a fire extinguisher
  • What to do if you see fire or smoke

Best for: Floor manager, Facilities manager, Disaster planning team, Factory workers, Kitchen staff, Restaurant and cafe employees and more.
Cost: Free

8. Hazard Reporting Course (Care Setting)

Hazard reporting in an aged care setting will help you to identify and report potential risks before they cause problems in the workplace to you or to patients under your care. This is a continuous process that creates a safer environment for everyone. Hazard reporting is also useful in emergency settings as you can prevent future accidents and establish emergency protocols for unexpected circumstances. We offer online classes for hazard reporting in the care setting and in the industrial setting. Each sector has varying techniques and procedures for reporting workplace hazards, and this course focuses specifically on the care setting. Learn how to identify the risks in your workplace, document them and submit reports to rectify these risks or create emergency procedures for them.


  • Importance of Hazard Reporting
  • Common Hazards in Aged Care Settings
  • Reporting Procedures

Best for: Nurses, Caregivers, Aged care workers, and Healthcare workers.
Cost: Free

9. Hazard Reporting Course (Industrial Setting)

Like in the care setting, the industrial setting has its own set of potential risks. Workers may be at risk of slips and falls, accidents involving machinery, emergencies with scaffolding and many more. It is important for all employees in the industrial setting to understand these risks and identify the emergency procedures to be followed in unforeseen situations. This course on hazard reporting focuses on hazards in industrial settings. These include faulty equipment, electrical issues, fires, working at heights and injuries among others. Successful completion of this course will provide you with a shareable badge of completion on proper hazard reporting procedures.


  • Importance of Hazard Reporting
  • Common Hazards in Aged Care Settings
  • Reporting Procedures

Best for: Construction workers, Mining employees, Factory employees, Floor managers, Inspectors, and Maintenance workers
Cost: Free

10. Worksite Traffic Management Course

Worksite traffic can be a cause of accidents in the industrial setting, especially with work sites that involve large equipment, debris and similar hazards. Knowing how to properly manage worksite traffic will help your workplace maintain safety for workers and for the general public. Our workplace safety course will equip you with the skills needed to manage worksite traffic and avoid any accidents and hazards in your workplace. You’ll learn traffic control to manage the flow of traffic around your work site and management plans to address issues during emergency situations.


  • Introduction to Worksite Traffic Management
  • Understanding Worksite Hazards
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Traffic Control Devices and Signage
  • Traffic Management Plans
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Vehicle Management
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

Best for: Construction workers, Road workers, Tree trimmers, Employees working at heights, Urban landscaping teams, Technicians, and Electrical Workers.
Cost: Free

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