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A Roll Call Has Its Limitations

Roll calls are used when people are assembled in an area after evacuating a building to check whether all those who were inside are now stood in the emergency assembly point and so have safely evacuated the building, meaning that they are not trapped in there and requiring rescue.

The roll call needs to know who was present in the building and who was not to be effective, which relies on the perfect operation of a signing in and signing out process. Unfortunately this has its limitations as it is going to be highly unlikely in all but the smallest of companies. People will forget or simply not be bothered to sign in and/or out at times. Even the introduction of electronic cards in some organisations which require the card to be swiped before the door will open and a person can enter or leave will still not be 100% accurate as people may be able to borrow the card of a colleague if they misplace or leave their own at their desk, or "tailgate" in which they follow close behind a person before the door shuts and in doing so do not need to swipe their own card, and as such are not registered by the system as having entered or exited.

If somebody is on the list as being in the building but are not present in the assembly point, it will be unknown whether they are simply away from the site, or whether they are in fact trapped in the building and in real danger. This may mean that somebody goes in and searches for them, placing their own safety in jeopardy, when in actual fact there was no need to if the person is not there. Not only will a roll call need to cover workers, but also needs to include visitors to the site who would be in the building too.

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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