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Ensuring That Your Workplace Can Stay Safe

For any business looking to conduct itself in a fair and honest manner, there has to be a lot of hard work and commitment put into place along the way, with health and safety being no different. It's simply not enough for a business to expect self policing on the issue; the entire premises should be as safe and secure as it possibly can be.

To get to this point, you need to be able to follow some specific ideas along the way. The byproduct of having a nice, safe workplace tends to be the fact that workplace morale and productivity will improve. When morale is high and people feel safe and comfortable, they tend to work better. If you want to try and improve the level of safety and quality within the workplace, then you should consider the following:

1) Should you really just rely on your own risk assessments and opinions? Engaging the services of an external health and safety training provider who can come into your premises will often discover potential hazards which you did not even consider or know about.

2) What are the most potentially dangerous parts of your premises? You should have these taken care of first and foremost, as they have the highest risk of causing serious injury, ill health or death.

3) Legally, protective equipment is not something that your staff need to provide, so ensure they have everything that they need made available to them as soon as you possibly can.

4) Make sure that you have some members of staff who are fully trained in first-aid. It always pays to have people on-site who can help out in cases of accidents. Whilst every member of staff should be expected to learn these skills, having experience can really help you out.

5) Consider the way that your business works and how it will be affected by the day-to-day workings around your business; it needs to be managed in the right way, and the most effective way to do this is to take an appraisal of the situation from start to finish. Look at every single procedure you manage for maximum effect.


With the help of proper health and safety procedures and the creation of a health and safety culture, accident rates will be minimised.

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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