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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!

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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