Is health and safety training applicable only to high-risk occupations?

No, under both the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/3242), employees engaged in supposedly low-risk occupations, such as office and shop work are owed the same duty of care as those employed in, for example, chemical works and factories.

Employers have a duty to provide such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of their employees. The level and nature of training required under the duty will vary depending on the risks involved in the work.