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Become a Health and Safety Trainer

A health and safety trainer teaching a class

Along with our specific courses in health and safety topics like sharps training, and accredited qualifications like the NEBOSH Diploma, we also provide a number of courses for those wishing to become a health and safety trainer, or have been made responsible by their particular organisation for the training of others in health and safety matters.

Our courses for aspiring health and safety trainers are listed below. These courses not only teach the subject matter (e.g. manual handling, risk assessment etc.), but also contain a large element on trainer training techniques such as planning and preparing trainers plans, delivery and dealing with difficult delegates.

For those interested in pursuing a career in health and safety, our health and safety instructor courses equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to become an instructor in either general health and safety, manual handling or risk assessment.

With the ever-increasing amount of litigation and health and safety legislation, businesses have a growing demand for health and safety training. Becoming a health and safety instructor or health and safety consultant will serve you well in your existing organisation, or in any future role as you progress along the health and safety career path.

General Health and Safety Instructor

This course includes manual handling and risk assessments, but also talks about some of the other most common hazards to health such as COSHH (the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health), slips and trips, fire safety and display screen equipment risks (DSE).

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Manual Handling Instructor

Covers manual handling risks, performing risk assessments, legislation, potential injuries and correct manual handling techniques.

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Risk Assessment Instructor

Covers the importance of risk assessments, why they should be performed, relevant legislation, controls and health and safety management systems.

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Sharps Awareness Instructor

The first day of the Sharps Awareness Instructor course is designed to provide an insight into some of the issues associated with the incorrect handling of such implements, along with highlighting health risks to ensure safe disposal and handling. It is also an ideal course to top-up existing knowledge.

On the second day, we will explore modern training techniques to enable you to provide sharps awareness training to others.

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Becoming a Health and Safety Officer

For many people, health and safety is a topic that they learn about through health and safety training but never really take any further than the basics. Even amongst people who are trained a little further than just the very basics, such as those who acquire the NEBOSH General Certificate - which covers in an introductory but still detailed manner so many of the most common hazards to health - the appetite is not really there en masse for people to go to that next level.

If you do find the importance of health and safety interesting and fulfilling, you should really consider becoming a health and safety officer. It's a very enjoyable career path and is something that you can get into if you show the right application, talent and determination to acquire the necessary qualifications.

The Benefits

1) You'll get a very fair salary. Highly qualified health and safety officers are well-paid due to the amount of time and dedication required to gain the necessary qualifications. This time and dedication also means that relatively few people actually become suitably qualified to become a health and safety officer, and this demand and supply is the main factor in such high salaries being commanded.

2) Helping others with regards to increasing health and safety within a business allows you to make a difference. This makes the job of a health and safety officer highly fulfilling, as the changes that you forced on a business might just save a life later on down the line.

3) The need for health and safety in workplace will always be there, and with new legislation being introduced and amended all of the time there is definitely no sign of this ever not being the case, as nobody wants to go back to the dark days of health and safety history such as the Industrial Revolution where injuries, illnesses and death in the workplace were common and just accepted as an occupational hazard.

The Challenges

1) This isn't a walk in the park by any means - you need to be ready to put in the hard work and commit to gaining those required qualifications.

2) It can take a long time to obtain the qualifications to become a health and safety officer. Add to this that many companies paying high salaries will want someone with a lot of experience in the role and it can take many years to reach the position of a highly-paid officer.

3) The poor conditions you need to audit can be extremely dangerous and you need to be alert about where you are walking into.

4) The stress of the work can be quite daunting when you are dealing with cases that involve horrific injuries and deaths; you need a tough spirit to do this for a living.

Getting Started

Many people start their career as a health and safety officer with either the IOSH Managing Safely Certificate, which is a 3-day course, or the 2-week NEBOSH General Certificate course. Whilst the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus contains a lot more information, both of these are suitable for those with little or no previous health and safety training or experience.

After acquiring a level of general health and safety knowledge, some choose to then specialise into a specific area of health and safety, such as fire or construction site safety, by taking the NEBOSH Fire Certificate or NEBOSH Construction Certificate qualifications. As the names suggest, these courses drill-down into far more specific detail regarding fire or construction safety, which will prove to be much more valuable to those who want to have a career involving these precise health and safety issues or industry. Please note that it is not a pre-requisite to take either the NEBOSH General or IOSH Managing Safely courses before specialising into the NEBOSH Fire or Construction Certificates.

As your health and safety career progresses, you may wish to undertake the comprehensive NEBOSH National Diploma qualification. This challenging and respected health and safety qualification requires a lot of dedication to achieve, and is highly valued by employers. For many, achieving a NEBOSH Diploma qualification will be the pinnacle of their journey in becoming a health and safety officer.

Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

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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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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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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