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Escorting Visitors for their Safety


Visitors to a place of work are typically amongst the most vulnerable groups in terms of coming to harm. This is because they will not have a detailed knowledge (and possibly none whatsoever) of the company's health and safety features such as the location of emergency exits and assembly points. Also, whilst businesses should be aware of any special assistance that certain staff members will require in the event of an emergency, they may not be aware of any such requirements needed by visitors if they are not informed.

A typical risk that involves visitors is caused by them moving around the site. When they are not fully aware of the dangers or the rules and procedures which are in place on the premises, they could end up getting into a situation which poses a risk to both their own health and safety and that of other people around them. In this case, visitors may need escorting for the safety of themselves and that of everyone else.

Certain areas of the site may be much more dangerous than others. For example, a visitor may end up walking through an area where a lot of forklift trucks are being driven. Regular employees should be well-trained in where they can and cannot walk, the mandatory wearing of high visibility jackets etc, but a site visitor may be ignorant of these requirements and just wander through blissfully unaware of the dangers. Not only can the person themselves be seriously injured or possibly killed from a collision, the driver or others nearby may also suffer the same fate if the driver has to swerve out of the way and ends up hitting either other people or a solid object such as a wall or metal post.

Why would a visitor be in a dangerous location?

There are a number of reasons for a person getting into a dangerous area of the business, even one in which they are not authorised to be in. They could be lost, they could be trying to find a shortcut from one area to the next, or they may just be plain nosy and want to see what happens in this off-limits area.

Whatever the reason is though, the risks do not change. Consequently it is good practice for a trustworthy and knowledgeable regular employee to escort visitors from one location to the other. Not only will they be able to guide them safely, but they will also keep an eye on them to stop them wandering into a restricted area. Young people on work experience or visiting on an educational trip are highly vulnerable as they will also lack the experience of how dangerous the workplaces of certain industries in general can be.

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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