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Adhering to Health and Safety Legislation


Introduction

Ensuring that a business can stay safe and manage its premises properly is going to come from the decisions made by the management. This all stems from putting together the right kind of plan and system along the way in terms of best practice and logic.

However, it also means that you need to fit in with all occupational health and safety specifications and standards for the industry that you are in. Running a substandard and unsafe business is no longer an option today; you need to be able to use the solutions around you to create a positive influence.

Adhering to health and safety legislation means that you have to:

  • Stay up to date with changes and amendments to health and safety legislation such as the CDM update 2015
  • Work with employees at all times to improve their passion, knowledge and commitment to long-term health and safety
  • Ensure that development and growth amongst your staff is managed effectively and that you protect the interests of the business in doing so
  • Performing regular appraisals and assessments of the premises to discover any new hazards which may have been unwittingly introduced


Hazard Identification

Identifying potential hazards and looking into the inner workings of your workplace will pay massive dividends in the future when you need to make sure that you are adhering to all legislation. The best way to start preparing for this is to:


  • Have all staff take mandatory health and safety training and refresher courses
  • Bring in professional consultants who can advise you on the best practice for your company
  • Employ researchers to find out the most common problems with businesses that are in your niche so you can avoid these pitfalls


Conclusion

All of this falls under a more general layout, but each industry tends to have standards it must meet depending on the function of the property. To get to this stage, you need to take the time needed to get to this point in as little time as possible in order to get everyone up to speed on what is expected of them as soon as you are possibly able to.

Detailing risk management into your overall development and growth as a company is vital, too. It's all about being able to offer a solution that takes away the chances of people being injured in the workplace, and also will help you understand the specific responsibilities that come with the industry you are involved in.




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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