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Are Staff Prepared for Health and Safety Risks From Nearby Sites?

Health and safety dangers can come from other sites too

It has already been discussed in the article "Health and Safety Risks from Other Nearby Premises" how there are dangers to the health and safety of employees not only from the activities conducted in their own workplace, but also that of organisations situated in the nearby vicinity such as the same business park.

The need for training on what neighbouring business do and the substances used

In order to be suitably prepared for health and safety risks from nearby sites, employees need to be suitably trained and taught what the other businesses do, what substances are present on their sites, and the possible hazards associated with them. Following on from this, they will also need to know what to do should an incident occur at one of these premises which subsequently has the possibility to endanger their health and safety.

Staff members will only be aware of this if they are specifically informed of the hazards present on the other sites, and taught the correct procedures for keeping them out of harm such as certain measures like lockdowns or evacuation. Providing general health and safety training and letting staff work out the dangers for themselves will not be sufficient. Even worse, simply hoping that an incident will not happen and not providing any sort of information or training in the correct course of action will similarly put lives and well-being at unnecessary risk.

Collaboration to improve health and safety

Also looked at in "Health and Safety Risks from Other Nearby Premises" is the need for, and benefits of, collaboration between owners and managers of the different organisations located in the same area. They can then cooperate on putting in place shared safety measures which contribute to the overall safety level of the entire area. Some facilities or safety features can only be constructed if all the owners agree and each provide money for its implementation, such as a night time security patrol of the entire site for instance to prevent trespass and interference with machinery.

Cooperation and improved communication can also significantly decrease the amount of time needed to alert neighbouring premises about an emergency situation and begin any evacuation or other measures which may need to be initiated in order to try and safeguard the health, safety and well-being of everybody in the premises nearby. The more time that is taken to alert others to the dangers present, the less time they will have to react, which will consequently increase the likelihood of some form of harm coming to them.

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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