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An Introduction to Health and Safety Training

Why is There a Need for Health and Safety Training?

There are many people who think that health and safety training today is not necessary, but the truth is that the number of accidents at work have reduced ever since the government and other authorities have made some changes and recommendations in the training process. It is also a fact that despite the rapid progress in the field of technology, accidents and other mishaps in the workplace are still possible and something that happens on a regular basis.

There are many things that result in these unpredicted accidents. For instance, factors like power issues, mechanical faults, carelessness and negligence of employees are some of the things that result in workplace accidents. It is worth mentioning that in many of these cases, the ignorance of the employees was the main reason why these accidents occurred. When employees don't know how to react properly in certain situations, we can expect accidents.

In some cases, the accidents could not have been prevented, but their intensity would have been lower. The best way to avoid such accidents is to take a health and safety training course provided by certified and experienced providers. Of course, there is more than one reason why someone should take health and safety training sessions regardless of their working environment (office or factory) and we will highlight some of them in this article.

Safety Training for Dealing With Emergencies

First and foremost, when employees finish a detailed course of health and safety training, they will be prepared to handle almost any type of difficult situations if there is an unexpected crisis in the workplace. Since the employees will be trained to manage the emergency situation they will not start panicking and they will calmly apply the steps they have learned.

The employees will rely on their intelligence, knowledge and skills to find a solution for the problem and take full control of the unexpected situation. This means that they will become capable of saving the office and those found in the office during the accident.

Finally, even if the accident occurs and cannot be avoided, they will know how to minimise the damage caused by that accident, including limiting the impact upon human life.

Health and Safety for Factory Workers

The same goes for factory workers. They also need to take a full training program related to health and safety. If they have not completed such a training program, then they won't be able to manage an unexpected problem in the plant. A full health and safety training program will help them understand the essence of various problems that usually occur in their specific working environment. We should all be aware that not every type of accident can be simulated during these training sessions, but with the skills and knowledge they acquire through this course, factory workers will know how to adjust their knowledge to any type of situation and manage the emergency situation in the best way.

Health and safety training programs are good for both employees and employers. This type of training will make employees feel valued, improve the public image of your business and you will also comply with the law and regulations.

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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