Health and Safety Induction Courses
One of the most at-risk groups when it comes to the potential for accidents or incidents are new people to the place of work. This can either be existing employees who have been moved within the company (e.g. a promotion or relocation) or brand new starters. The category of 'new starters' can be further broken down into people who already have experience of working in the particular industry, or young people who have little to no experience of working either in any workplace, or in the particular environment they now find themselves in, for example an apprentice working in a manufacturing plant as their very first taste of work since leaving college. Health and safety training for these young people is particularly important as they will in all likelihood not have received any formal health and safety training before, either through safety inductions, formal qualifications or specific health and safety courses at other companies.
Those new to a place of work will require an induction course. From a health and safety perspective, this will make them aware of numerous topics such as the main risks and hazards that are present, the location of emergency exits and assembly points, toilet facilities, first aid points etc. Not only is there a risk of an accident or incident befalling them personally, but they also need to know how to work safely to avoid endangering a fellow worker or member of the public who may be nearby or visiting the premises.
Statistics show that employees who are new to the workplace are most likely to suffer an accident or illness, due either to their inexperience or because they are unfamiliar with the workplace operations and procedures. By providing a health and safety induction along with other appropriate health and safety courses relevant to their job the chances of an accident or incident involving this new starter are reduced. If an incident does occur, knowing where the emergency exits and first aid points are may be the difference between life and death, either for themselves or a colleague.
The type of health and safety induction course will vary depending on the individual. An induction is needed whenever the person is exposed to new or increased risks. Whilst for some new starters this will involve a complete tour and familiarisation with the workplace and its associated dangers and risks, the inductee may be a person who has been promoted or moved internally within the company and are already familiar with the site. The induction will then concentrate on the new risks that they face in their new role that they may not have encountered in their previous position. Conversely, a new starter who is not only new to the company but also to the industry itself will need a much more in-depth introduction to the risks that are present in a workplace operating in such an industry, than someone who has worked in the industry for 20 years and is joining a competitor. For example, an apprentice coming fresh out of college and working on a construction site for the very first time will need a more in-depth induction of construction site hazards than someone who has already been working in the construction industry for decades.
Along with the induction, the new worker may require additional health and safety training courses to learn more about dangers that are unfamiliar to them, or procedures that they have not been required to follow before such as a permit to work system. In a high-risk workplace environment, understanding and being able to correctly follow a permit to work procedure is vital. In this instance attending a permit to work training course is a necessity to help avoid a major disaster.
Why is Health and Safety Training Important?
Not only is health and safety training in the interests of the company itself, either from a moral or financial point of view (compensation claims or lost days can be extremely expensive to the firm!), but employers also have a legal requirement to prove health and safety training to their workers since the introduction of health and safety legislation such as The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
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