Health and Safety Courses to Improve Competence
The competence of an individual is one of the key factors when it comes to health and safety, or more specifically, the safe operation of a particular task and the prevention of accidents or injuries either to themselves or to others nearby. Even if they have all the personal protective equipment (PPE), permit to work training and safe working systems etc in the world, if the person does not have the common sense or discipline to work safely, then they pose a danger to both themselves and to others working nearby.
Of course, this element of competence covers the person's character and nature. The other side of the coin is a worker who is the type of person who will follow instructions, take heed of warnings etc, but lacks the necessary experience or training to work safely. In this case, they will benefit greatly from health and safety courses which are appropriate to the type of work they are involved in. For example, workers/managers in the construction industry would benefit from attending construction courses such as the NEBOSH Construction Certificate, and the CITB SMSTS and SSSTS qualifications. If they lack experience, they will need close supervision and would benefit from 'shadowing' a more experienced and competent co-worker who can show and teach them how to do tasks both correctly and safely.
So health and safety competence is a combination of a person's character and health and safety training. By combining training courses with workers who are able to retain and use the knowledge taught, you can create a workforce which will be able to reduce the chances of an accident or incident occurring. There is no substitute for experience though, so if a person also has many years of experience in working in the particular industry, they should also be able to assist other less experienced colleagues, provided that they do not also pass on any bad habits or incorrect working practices that have become entrenched in their way of working over the years!