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Case Study: The Importance of Health and Safety in the Workplace


A typical day in the workplace at a leading supermarket distribution company almost ended in disaster when an employee collapsed while picking and packing on the mezzanine floor.

The employee was unresponsive and the youngish man (in his late thirties) was turning blue in the face. A fellow employee then shouted out to surrounding workers who phoned the internal emergency number for on-site issues and accidents. Two supervisors were on the case immediately performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the young chap for 10 minutes until the real emergency medical team turned up.

It turns out the employee's life had been saved by the action of the two supervisors who had previously received Health and Safety and First Aid Training in CPR and AED incidents in the workplace.

After an investigation took place the employee had mentioned he was scared of heights - although he felt safe on the mezzanine floor - but remembered slipping on some liquid. It was later revealed the liquid had emitted from a bottle of washing up liquid in a box of 24 where one had split open.

Although it was not a hazardous substance, the liquid did act as a trip hazard (or slip hazard in this case). He failed to report the spillage as he was not working in that particular area at the time, but later said he went to ask another employee if he could borrow the pallet truck. Health and safety training courses would have taught anyone working up on that mezzanine area that a liquid spillage MUST be reported immediately to the safety officer on duty.

Improving Employee Knowledge

The leading supermarket had already posted notices on the walls around the warehouse of the name and phone number of the duty Health and Safety Manager. Training courses help to improve employee knowledge of what they should do when confronted with hazards such as the one that caused this employee to almost lose his life.

Health and safety courses also cover potential dangers in the workplace such as electrical hazards, fire risks and other potential dangers. The environment in which we work can be very different depending on the type of work being carried out there; the office environment has its own potential dangers, and there are more hazards in the warehouse environment. However, the health and safety practices for building and construction sites take on an entirely new level of necessary awareness of safety in the workplace. Ultimately though, whatever industry or types of activities which are taking place, health and safety training is imperative for all employees and managers in the business.

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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