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.