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.
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).