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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.

Health and Safety Training - Next Steps:

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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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