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We are currently offering a selection of free template documents to download. We also offer free userguides to enable you to write your own documents.

If you would like an example document that has already been filled in please click on the menu on the left, or call us on 0114 244 44 61 to see how we can help with your documentation.

How do I write a Method Statement?

Use our Method Statement writing guide... Read More

How do I write a Risk Assessment?

Free Risk Assessment writing guide.... Read More

How do I write a COSHH Assessment?

Free COSHH Assessment writing guide.... Read More

E-Learning VS Classroom

E-Learning is a hot topic at the moment, but what are the benefits?... Read More

How do I write a Health & Safety Policy

Free instructions for writing your Health & Safety policy... Read More

Download our free CDM Document

CDM Advice and Free CDM Document Download... Read More

Download a free Employment Contract

Get a free contract from EL Direct Ltd, HS Direct Ltd's Employment Law sister company.... Read More

Download a free Toolbox Talk Template

Get free Toolbox Talk Template from HS Direct Ltd.... Read More

Safety threats you could be overlooking

Whether you’re operating in a high-risk manufacturing environment or a low-risk office space, safety should be paramount. We’ll help you identify common (but often missed) threats and eliminate them! ... Read More

Health and Safety Consultants Manchester

Do you require health and safety consultancy in greater Manchester area? If so... Read More

Working in the Sun

NHS England launched initiative to combat skin cancer ... Read More

Electrical Safety

If you’re regularly working with electricity or electrical equipment, you should be aware of ... Read More

Noise at Work

Hearing damage can be permanent and can hinder the lives of those... Read More

Respiratory Protective Equipment

What is Respiratory Protective Equipment... Read More

Working at Height

Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of major injuries and fatalities... Read More

Health & Safety Training

Have you ever wondered why we need to do health and safety training... Read More

Construction Line - Three Levels

Have you ever wondered why we need to do health and safety training... Read More

Accidents in the workplace

The main objective of accident, incidents, near missesreporting and investigation is to reduce... Read More


HACCP is an acronym for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point. The system was developed in the 1960's by NASA... Read More

Farming and Agriculture

Farming and agriculture are still among the most dangerous industries to work in... Read More

Vet Surgeries

You're passionate about animals; we're passionate about health and safety... Read More

5 steps to risk assessment

So, you've been asked to provide a risk assessment, but you're not 100% certain on what it is... Read More

Asbestos Management

Regulation 4 of The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012 requires dutyholders to... Read More


Carcinogens are agents, which have been shown to cause cancer in humans and animals or are suspected of doing so... Read More

Confined Spaces

The Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 define a confined space as: ‘any place, including any... Read More

Driving at Work

Over 500 people are killed each year while driving for work reasons... Read More

Fire Hazards

Fire is a significant risk to any organisation. In order to have a fire you must have all three of the following conditions... Read More


Legionella is the abbreviated name for Legionella pneumophila bacteria that is responsible for the illness commonly known as... Read More

Lone Working

Lone workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision, and they can be found in many working environments... Read More

Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental ill health affects one in six workers in the UK. Conditions range from stress and anxiety through to... Read More

Migrant Workers

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines a migrant worker as... Read More

Office Safety

Offices are generally low risk environments, but there still remains the potential for injury and ill health... Read More


Producer responsibility is an extension of the ‘polluter pays’ principle, which was one of the... Read More

Shift Working

There is no specific definition of shift work in law, but it is usually taken to mean a work activity scheduled outside standard daytime hours... Read More

Work Equipment

approximately 10% of fatal injuries at work are caused by machinery... Read More

Working Safely in Cold Weather

Employers must be flexible during harsh weather conditions, such as snow and ice, and should not... Read More

Bonfire & Firework Safety

Keep safe this bonfire with this free safety advice... Read More

CHAS Accreditation

CHAS is a pre-approval scheme, which allows contractors to demonstrate to potential clients... Read More

What is Safecontractor?

Safecontractor is an accreditation, which demonstrates to potential clients... Read More

Free Health & Safety advice from HS Direct Ltd

Get free safety advice from HS Direct Ltd.... Read More

Download a free COSHH Assessment Template

Download an example COSHH Assessment.... Read More

Download a free Risk Assessment Template

Download an example Risk Assessment... Read More

Download a free Method Statement Template

Download an example Method Statement... Read More

Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos awareness training available in Sheffield, Bury, Manchester or online.. Read More

CHAS help

See how we can help you apply for CHAS accreditation.. Read More

Document Writing Service

One off Health & Safety document writing service.. Read More

IOSH Managing Safely

IOSH Managing Safely course available in Sheffield, Bury and Manchester or online.. Read More

IOSH Working Safely

IOSH Working Safely course available in Sheffield, Bury and Manchester or online.. Read More

SAFE Contractor Help

See how we can help you apply for SafeContractor accreditation.. Read More

SSIP Scheme

See how we can help you apply for SSIP scheme accreditations.. Read More

Fire Risk Assessment

Why you need a Fire Risk Assessment and how to write one..... Read More

Manual Handling Training

Manual Handling training available in Sheffield, Bury and Manchester.. Read More

Working at Height Training

Working at Height training available in Sheffield, Bury and Manchester.. Read More

Health & Safety Audits

We can carry out a full Health & Safety audit of your premises or site across the UK.. Read More

Safety Training

We can create bespoke Health & Safety Training to your exact needs.. Read More

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

What is PPE Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is equipment which protects those using it against.. Read More

Construction Line Explained

What is ConstructionLine? We get a lot of people calling us and asking about ConstructionLine... Read More

First Aid Training

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require all employers to make arrangements... Read More

Millie's Trust

Millie's Trust has been established after the loss of our daughter Millie in an incident at nursery in 2012.... Read More

HS Direct open new office

We are proud to announce that we have decided to expand into the Greater Manchester area... Read More

Stockport Office Now Open for Business

Our new office in Stockport is now open for business... Read More

I don't have Microsoft Office or Microsoft Word, what should I do?

If you don't have Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Word installed on your PC or Mac, don't worry - you can still use our products. You can get a free alternative from Open Office.

Open Office Org is open-source developed alternative to Microsoft Office, developed by a large software company called Oracle. Open Source means the company who build the software, allow 100% use of it, 100% free.

Since Open Office is specifically developed to be exactly the same as Microsoft Office, with all the same programs in the suite (Eg: Word, Excel, Access and Power Point) - it will freely open any Microsoft Office file-format. Meaning, just because a document was written in Microsoft Word, doesn't mean it can't be opened in another program. Open Office will do that, and vise versa.

To download and install Open Office;

  1. Go to
  2. On the left hand side, click 'I want to download Open Office'. In the green box, click the main link which starts with 'Start downloading'
    • Windows Only:When the program has downloaded, click Install and wait for the program to install.
    • MAC OSX Only:When the program has downloaded, a notification box will pop up with an arrow from the Open Office Icon to the Applications Folder in Finder, drag the icon to the Applications folder to install the program.
  3. You are now ready to use Open Office, and the documents you have purchased from us.