There is no denying that health and safety training is not cheap; or at least, quality health and safety training isn't. Whilst you may be able to find poor quality training at a low price, or try (usually unsuccessfully) to cram a comprehensive qualification into e-learning sessions for example, for those serious about increasing their health and safety knowledge - either for themselves personally or for their employees if they are a manager - training needs to be viewed as an investment.
One purpose of a company providing training to staff members is to increase their knowledge, abilities and skill levels in the workplace. As such, all forms of training and development need to be viewed as an investment in that the initial money spent will be more than recouped at a later date thanks to positive benefits associated with quality training such as increased productivity, less wastage, fewer employee compensation claims from those made ill or injured at work, lower recruitment costs as less people are inclined to seek alternative employment elsewhere etc. Just like all investments, spending a little more money for a quality item will nearly always produce better value in the long term.
If poor quality training is purchased, or trying to cut costs by choosing an unsuitable format such as an e-learning course for a large qualification (click on the banner above for why this is not a good idea!), then the benefits will also be significantly diminished. In some cases, the returns can be negative and money wasted if for example somebody attempts to undertake a NEBOSH Diploma by distance learning or online and then has to abandon in part way through as it is too much to complete on their own without the support of a course tutor. These accredited qualifications are so comprehensive that aside from the multitude of distractions which exist at home, but e-learning would mean hours staring at a computer screen, whilst for distance learning by the time it came to the exam assessment at the end you've forgotten what you studies all those weeks ago at the start!
Aside from the quality of the provider, the cost of training will also depend upon whether it is a per person price, or a total cost for an in-house health and safety programme. Obviously if it is just one person looking for a health and safety course this will not be an issue, but for a manager thinking about putting a few of their employees through the training they will need to decide whether to enrol them on an open course or find a health and safety provider like Associated Training who charge a daily training fee and will work out more cost effective than putting each individual on an open course.