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Entanglement With Machinery

A serious health and safety risk as far as machinery is concerned comes from entanglement with a rotating part, where material such as long hair, loose clothing, ties etc get caught in a rotating part and draw the person into the machine. This can often cause severe injuries or even death in some cases if the machine cannot be stopped in time by someone cutting the power or hitting an emergency stop button.

Everyone has heard horror stories, seen the warning signs near/on equipment, and probably been told numerous times on health and safety courses and other training sessions, but there are still instances of this avoidable incident happening in workplaces across the world each year. This is primarily due either to insufficient or missing safety features such as guards, or simply because of carelessness or forgetfulness by a person near the machine and getting themselves tangled up and caught in the moving parts.

Tremendous strides forward have been made since the Victorian era when it was common for small children to be seriously injured through entanglement with a machine whilst working in a factory. However, despite all the improvements in safety of machines and health and safety legislation, the risk of death or injury through entanglement with moving machinery still exists and is an issue which needs to be kept in mind by workers when they are operating machinery.




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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