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Accredited Health and Safety Training

Why Choose an Accredited Course?

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When it comes to health and safety training, one of the issues that needs to be considered is if the delegate(s) require an accredited or non-accredited course, as there are advantages and disadvantages of each.

Accredited health and safety training courses such as the NEBOSH National General Certificate, NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, and CITB SSSTS courses etc have specific syllabuses which need to be followed in order to satisfy the assessment criteria. This means that there may be large sections which are irrelevant for different people on the course and their particular job role, unlike non-accredited courses which can be tailored to their specific workplace hazards, working practices and exisiting health and safety policy.

Whether you require an accredited health and safety course or a non-accredited course will depend largely upon you particular requirements, and what your main aims and objectives are. Those that desire an accredited course usually do so for one of two reasons.

Meeting Health and Safety Awarding Body Standards

The first is that they want the peace of mind that comes with knowing that they are handing over their money (which for health and safety courses can often be a substantial amount of money) to a company which has already been pre-approved by the relevant awarding body. Nearly all accredited qualifications such as an IOSH Managing Safely or NEBOSH General Certificate can only be offered by health and safety training providers who have shown that their teaching is of a sufficient standard and that stipulated guidelines are followed.

This allows for greater peace of mind as teaching standards have been assessed as meeting a certain standard and pass rates are consistently good.

A Recognised Qualification Held in High Regard

The second reason is the recognition of their quality and high regard held by existing or potential employers, some of whom may only employ people with the qualification (e.g. construction workers who have obtained the SMSTS certificate). Because an accredited health and safety qualification has a set syllabus and specific number of teaching hours required, employers know that those who have obtained the qualification will have received training and passed an examination on those elements covered by the course syllabus.

Again, the trust of the provider, or more specifically knowing that only those reputable companies who have shown to the awarding body that they follow the guidelines and teach the set syllabus, can give the employer the peace of mind to know that they have actually been taught those modules.

The Benefits of a Formal Qualification in Health and Safety

A Formal Qualification is Often Required by Law

For those whose job role involves health and safety responsibilities, a formal qualification in health and safety will typically be a legal requirement in most developed countries around the world. This is because these employees need to have a minimum level of knowledge in order to fulfil such an important function. Mistakes by workers in other areas may end up costing money or wasting time, which is obviously not desirable but unlikely to be that damaging in the grand scheme of things. Mistakes when it comes to health and safety however can result in devastating consequences including severe injuries, illness, and in certain instances, death.

Health and Safety Qualifications are Not Just for Managers

Even those employees who are not necessarily responsible for managing the health and safety of others will still benefit tremendously from attaining formal qualifications in health and safety. One of the most popular, a NEBOSH General Certificate course will provide those attending with a significant quantity of information which they can then put to good use in terms of working safely and preventing harm coming to not only themselves, but also their fellow colleagues and everyone else who happens to be around them.

The Personal Benefits of Health and Safety Qualifications

Along with the improvements regarding health and safety in the workplace, those individuals who have achieved a NEBOSH General Certificate or similar formal qualification will also benefit on a personal level. Because of the need for those filling health and safety roles to hold the necessary qualifications, individuals that have already acquired them will be far more desirable to potential employers than those who will need to be trained before they can begin.

Not only will those who already hold health and safety qualifications be more desirable to employers, but it is also highly likely that they will be able to command higher starting salaries because of their current level of health and safety education. This is especially true for qualifications such as the NEBOSH National Diploma, which is one of the most prestigious health and safety qualifications available, but also requires a significant amount of dedication and many hours of both formal learning and self study. As a consequence, anybody who successfully achieves a NEBOSH Diploma will be an extremely appealing candidate for any employer, and will more than likely be able to demand a substantial salary to boot. They do need to take into account however that the comprehensive NEBOSH National Diploma is by no means an easy qualification to achieve.

Health and Safety Affects Everyone

Recognised and accredited health and safety qualifications can therefore benefit everyone; employers have staff members who satisfy the legal requirements of the particular jurisdiction of operation, the employees themselves are able to attract much higher salaries than if they were unqualified, and most importantly of all, everybody benefits in terms of bringing about a place of work which is not only safe for those within it, but also for everybody in the surrounding area who would also be affected by an incident (e.g. a fire or explosion).

Accredited Courses Do Come at a Price

For those undertaking accredited health and safety training, there is often a large amount of course material and hefty textbooks which are incorporated into the course price or have to be bought as an added extra, as well as exam registration and official certification fees.

There can also be long waits to receive exam results and certificates after completing an accredited course.

What About Non-Accredited Courses?

A rigid syllabus is also one of the main things in favour of a non-accredited health and safety course though. Unlike an accredited health and safety training course with a set syllabus, a non-accredited course can be tailored to the exact requirements of your organisation's employees, incorporating the specific hazards and issues that they are most likely to face whilst performing their workplace duties.

For example, rather than just covering the general theory of manual handling, a bespoke course can deal with the actual loads that are being moved, along with the exact workspace and obstacles that may exist in the place of work. Course delegates often get more out of this type of training, which deals with their specific issues, as all of it is totally relevant to them and helps to avoid the "switching off" that may come on some courses if they feel large parts do not affect them.

Accredited Health and Safety Training at The BCF Group

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Here at the BCF Group, we offer a whole range of both non-accredited and accredited health and safety training. We offer the most popular qualifications as open courses at venues across the UK, and our health and safety consultants and course trainers can come and deliver the courses in-house at your premises if you have a number of delegates requiring training.

As well as these, we provide many of our own non-accredited health and safety courses on a whole range of different topics including: sharps training, manual handling training, COSHH, permit to work training, working at height and many more. These courses can be tailored and adapted to your exact needs and requirements. We can also offer bespoke training programmes which combine parts of different courses if you require training in a number of different subject areas.

Whether you require basic health and safety training, a comprehensive qualification such as the NEBOSH National Diploma, advice on risk management, accredited or non-accredited health and safety training etc; we can help. For more information, please call us on 0844 800 3295 or contact us online by clicking on the "Contact" tab at the top of the page.

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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