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Checks and Monitoring for Health and Safety


Introduction

A significant element of all health and safety training courses and health and safety in general is (rightly so) concerned with identifying hazards and making them safe before a person is adversely affected. Prevention is far more preferable than reacting to an accident, as often the consequences of such an incident will stay with the person for the rest of their lives in the form of either the physical scars or loss of limbs, or psychological trauma after experiencing or witnessing a bad accident. Even so, checks and monitoring after such precautions have been put into place are still a critical requirement for effective health and safety in the workplace.



Why are Checks and Monitoring so Important?

With the need to spend so much time and effort beforehand in doing as much as is reasonably practical to prevent harm from coming to employees, site visitors and members of the public nearby, it would be understandable to think that the job is then done and that no more attention needs to be paid to the topic of safety and health. The truth is though that checks and monitoring are just as important as the initial preventative steps.



Refinement is Usually Required

For starters, there is no guarantee (and it is probably quite unlikely) that the initial safety policies, precautions and procedures are absolutely and completely as effective as they could be. There will usually be at least one issue which needs amending slightly, which would not be done if things were given no more attention after the initial introduction. The safest places of work are those where processes and safety features are continually evaluated and refined in order to improve them.



A Changed Workplace Needs Updated Safety Information

Secondly, the fact that workplaces are constantly changing means that health and safety features need to change with them. Not only will new layouts and new machinery facilitate the need for health and safety training in order to make workers aware of the dangers associated with these changed conditions, but there also exists the possibility that out-of-date information which is no longer relevant actually places workers in danger. For example, previous training which informed workers to go to one location to assemble in the event of an emergency evacuation could place themselves or others in danger if this has moved somewhere else. Not only can it cause damage to the health of people, but it could also lead to destruction of the surrounding environment also.



Machinery and Safety Equipment Need to be Monitored

A large percentage of workplace accidents are caused by damaged or defective equipment and machinery. Frequent checks and monitoring of such equipment needs to be made to discover evidence of deterioration before it compromises the effectiveness of the protection or causes the machine to injure or kill anybody in the vicinity. It may be necessary in some circumstances to replace certain equipment at regular intervals even if it shows little or no sign of breaking anytime soon in order to ensure that it will not malfunction unexpectedly.



Conclusion

So whether it is refining and improving upon health and safety measures, maintaining the safety of machines, ensuring that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) does what it should, or providing employees with up-to-date knowledge and information, it is vital that checks and monitoring take place continuously in order to keep workers, the public and the environment safe from harm.




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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