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Health and Safety in a Nutshell


The following article provides an introduction and brief overview of the important points of health and safety training in a nutshell.

Health and Safety Training is Vital for All Businesses

In any workplace the health and safety of your employees is a priority. Research shows that 148 people were fatally injured in work related accidents in the UK in 2012/2013, over 640,000 suffered work place injuries and 1.1 million people were affected with a work related illness. The large number of accidents and ill health can cost a business severely in the long run when it comes to business continuity.

Ensuring a safe and healthy workplace is paramount and health and safety training is the perfect way to establish this. Whilst this can take a lot of commitment and time and may affect resources initially, in the long run this will have major benefits for your company.

Benefits of Investing in Health and Safety Training

All heath and safety trainers should be competent in the safe management of the business and understand the importance in ensuring the well being of your employees. There are a large number of benefits in investing in health and safety training and these include:

  • Helping to avoid pain and anguish caused when there are accidents at work and ill health
  • Allows employees to spot ways they can improve health management
  • Employees can identify hazards and adopt safe working practices
  • Allows a positive safety culture to be developed where the concept of unsafe working practices are deemed unacceptable
  • Ensures you meet your legal duty to ensure the safety and well being of your employees and visitors to the company

Managers Need to Understand Their Health and Safety Responsibilities

When it comes to establishing a health and safety training protocol it's important for the manager of this to have both theoretical and practical experience. You need to have the ability to establish procedures to ensure there are people who have the right knowledge and skills to manage occupational risks. You can not leave it to luck to see whether anything happens.

It is required by law for every business to provide information, training and supervision to staff to ensure the ability to work safety, whether it is front line staff, managers, supervisors or chief executives. Whilst this may cost time and money, it will in effect save a lot of money in the long run as it cuts the risks of accidents and ill health which can have a detrimental effect. This in turn will help to guarantee the long term success of your company.

At any business there are a large number of roles and you need to assess the resources available in order to ensure you can meet your requirement for health and safety training. All training has to be paid for by the employer and should be done within work hours. Depending on the kind of locations your staff will be exposed to and any potential dangers i.e. chemicals or dangerous materials like asbestos you will have to put suitable safety methods in place. An office for example will have exponentially less dangers then a working factory with open machinery.

Once you have drawn up a suitable training schedule with designated trainers, you should make your employees aware of this and all related protocols. Ensure regular testing for all staff so they are aware of the requirements and know what to do if anything was to occur.

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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