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5 Ways Health and Safety Training Can Benefit Your Business


Introduction

It's essential that you are able to protect both yourself and also your members of staff from injury or illness in the workplace. By taking the necessary care needed in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of your employees, it makes them far more inclined and motivated to focus on the interests of your business. Not only will your members of staff feel a lot safer, but they will also feel valued and far more confident with the knowledge and training you wish to provide them with. Aside from being a legal requirement in many countries, it makes sense to equip your business and its employees with the skills, training and knowledge in order to improve safety in the workplace.

What are the benefits of providing health and safety training for your employees?

Your members of staff influence the essential aspects of health and safety through their own day to day actions within the workplace. They are typically the best individuals to understand and identify the possible risks within their working environment, which is why it is also so important to consult with them when performing risk assessments and seeking to improve safety and working conditions within the company. Health and safety professionals who are able to provide NEBOSH courses and IOSH courses respectively are well placed to help you with advice, consultations and training for your employees.

1. Greater employee involvement and safety

A working environment where each member of staff is able to play an active role in health and safety is known to have far fewer accidents. Employees who feel involved and valued in decision-making are a great asset when it comes to high-performance within your business, with health and safety issues being no exception. Providing members of staff with safety training and health and safety courses highlights to them that you take both their safety and well-being seriously.

This empowers and encourages them to create a safe working environment and safety culture at work, which produces benefits including:


  • Helping you spot dangerous health and safety risks within the workplace.
  • Ensuring that health and safety controls and protocols are practical.
  • Increasing the level of commitment from employees to create a safe environment which will lower accident rates and near misses.


2. Reduce the number of absences

Another great benefit of health and safety training for your employees is that your members of staff are less likely to take absences due to sickness or ill health. This can help save your business many costs that are related to employee absence from the workplace.



3. Retain loyal employees

If you are able to reduce employee absences due to work related accidents or illness, you will subsequently save the cost and time of recruiting and training new employees. Not only this, but existing members of staff will feel valued and that management cares about their health, safety and wellbeing which will make them happier at work and less likely to want to move on and find another place of employment.



4. Build a strong reputation

Professional health and safety training can aid you with building a positive reputation with both your clients and your employees. Providing your staff with the correct form of training demonstrates that you care about your business and, most importantly, your staff. This will reflect positively on you and your brand, not only helping with your reputation with regards to improving sales, but also in attracting high quality talent to your workforce.



5. Save money on legal and insurance costs

Accidents can be expensive in terms of fines, legal fees, compensation payouts, remedial action required and statutory sick pay all being a very distinct possibility. A well-trained workforce which has a clear understanding of working safely with regards to their own safety and that of everyone around them will greatly assist with reducing the likelihood of a costly accident or incident taking place.




Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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