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Health and Safety Risks from Other Nearby Premises


The overwhelming majority of health and safety training courses, literature and general thinking revolves around the actions of the company's employees and what they have done or failed to do which has then led to an accident. This is obviously understandable, as the vast majority of incidents which affect the health, safety and well-being of employees in a company are actually caused by a person working for that company. However it should also be remembered that health and safety risks can also be created by other companies situated nearby, and provisions for this eventuality need to be made accordingly.

Businesses in similar industries tend to locate next to each other, often to share infrastructure such as railway lines and water sources for instance. This means that a company which has large quantities of hazardous substances on-site like gas or oil will often be surrounded by other companies which also have similar quantities of this material too. As such, any fire or explosion which happens to take place at one of these companies can produce a chain reaction which causes further explosions and fire as the substances stored on the other locations ignite.

In this case, not only do managers and employees have responsibility for the health and safety of themselves and their fellow colleagues within their own organisation, but their actions can also have a bearing on everybody working or visiting the other companies located next to them. Whilst health and safety training will be the primary weapon in tackling the potential for disastrous incidents to occur, other precautions which can be taken include the introduction of safety controls which close automatically and prevent any further flow or release of hazardous liquids or gases.

Site Collaboration

Another highly advisable initiative is for managers of all the companies in the location to get together every so often to have a discussion about how they can make the whole area safer. The way this is done will depend greatly upon the type of industry in question and substances present, but can include suggestions such as joint funding of new infrastructure such as emergency access roads, better segregation between neighbouring premises to limit the possible spread of fire, and possible sharing of ideas and safety features in order to make each individual premises safer and ultimately less likely to cause an incident which ends up affecting all of the others located next to it. It is in everyone's interest to avoid an accident on the site, which is why collaboration and co-operation regarding health and safety measures is so highly recommended and encouraged.

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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