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Health and Safety Tips for the Workplace


Introduction

When it comes to the workplace, accidents that happen might have been avoided for the most part if everyone had some basic health and safety training. Even in an office environment, a few short training courses will help to make employees aware of potential dangers which can easily be avoided.

What follows are some basic tips that will help encourage better safety in the workplace from factories, manufacturing facilities and even office settings where accidents can take place.



Follow all Safety Rules and Regulations

This is a simple one, but if your work environment has specific rules and regulations involving safety features, then they need to be followed. Along with regular formal refresher courses, a quick review of the rules every so often is a good idea when done in an informal setting just to remind everyone that they are still present and are in effect.



Slow Down

Many accidents occur because people start moving faster than they are thinking which can easily lead to an accident happening. Also, tight deadlines and the pressure from management to get things done will create conditions where safety is compromised by employees trying to accomplish a particular task. So, keep it slow and steady which will help avoid accidents.



Reduce Stress in the Workplace

Long hours in a stressful environment can lead to distraction, feelings of anxiety and even depression for many employees. For the sake of everyone's mental health and wellbeing, not to mention their physical safety, a business owner should strive to keep the workplace free of unnecessary stress in order to improve the work conditions and help avoid accidents.



Protect Your Back

Back pain is arguably the most common medical condition in the world and it can happen in any work environment. Your business can provide manual handling training courses to demonstrate the proper methods of lifting, sitting and stretching to help avoid this common condition. In addition, for those who lift heavy objects on a routine basis, investing in the proper supporting equipment will also be of great help and in many cases/industries an absolute necessity.



Scheduled Breaks

Breaks are designed to provide the necessary rest so that employees do not become overly tired or distracted during the course of the day. Breaks should occur at least once before and after the lunch break in order to give employees the ability to recoup their focus. A tired employee is much more prone to making mistakes, and if they are in control of machinery or hazardous processes any errors can have disastrous consequences for the health and safety of everybody around.



Health and Safety Training

As part of your overall efforts to improve employee safety, implementing the right training courses can provide them with the information needed to avoid many types of common accidents. Whilst not every accident can be totally avoided, the right training can help eliminate the most common ones which take employees away from their work and increase your overall cost of production.

As well as qualifications including the NEBOSH General Certificate which provides course attendees with information about many different health and safety risks and dangers, breaking up these health and safety training courses into individual topics such as specific ones focusing on hazardous substances or fire safety is highly advisable. Carrying them out at scheduled intervals rather than trying to cram them into a single, long session where much of the information can be overlooked or forgotten. Tailoring these training sessions to the exact industries and working practices of the employees in your business will also provide much more relevant teaching.



Conclusion

Safety training courses will not only assist with decreasing the number of accidents which occur, it will help improve your bottom line as a business by keeping your employees safe, healthy, at work and with higher morale if they feel that management cares about their wellbeing.




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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