Training and Development Courses and Qualifications by The BCF Group

First Aid Training is an Important Part of Health and Safety Training

Why is first aid training important?

Even after performing extensive risk assessments, having appropriate safety controls and receiving all the health and safety training in the world, accidents in the workplace will still happen. No amount of training or precautions can absolutely guarantee that accidents won't occur; they can only reduce the chances. All places of work contain dangers, whether it be hazardous substances, electrical dangers, moving objects etc. As a result, first aid provisions are essential, and in most countries will be a legal requirement.

In the UK, The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 requires employers to provide adequate equipment, facilities and personnel in order to provide first aid to those who become ill or injured at work. The level of provision they must make is dependant on various factors such as the number of employees and the nature of the business. A large, high-risk workplace such as a large construction site will need a number of trained first-aiders as well as dedicated first-aid areas, but as a bare minimum a small company will need a well-stocked first aid box and to appoint a person to take charge of first aid arrangements.

Many companies will go above the minimum legal requirements for first aid training, sometimes including basic first aid courses as part of their overall programme of health and safety training for employees. Having a healthy and happy workforce has many advantages for a business including increased staff motivation, along with lower levels of absenteeism and expensive compensation claims from injured workers.

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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