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Health and Safety Training for all Workplaces


Introduction

Workplaces are designed with special care to trigger employee motivation and improve productivity, which is only possible when they feel comfortable and safe. Every year, over a million people are injured at their workplace. Some of these injuries are even fatal. So, it is a serious issue that demands commitment from both the employer and the employee.



Health and safety training is needed in all industries and workplaces

Irrespective of whether it is a factory, a corporate office, construction site, store, restaurant, or anything else, workplace safety should be diligently observed. Though it is the responsibility of the employer to provide a safe workplace, the employees should also make sure that they follow the safety instructions properly. It is all about going safely back to the family each day.

There are many safety hazards that are lurking in the offices all across the globe. These can range from office fires, slips, trips, falls, electrocution, and other accidents which can cause serious injuries to the employees and the office property as well.

People are often not aware of the risks that may be lurking at the workplace; or at the very least, certainly not all of them. One of the most common office risks is the negative health issues associated with overworking and stress. Apart from bringing down the employee's motivation in general, such a practice also leads to severe health complications. It is important to step away from the desk and take a break. This will also avoid straining the neck and back muscles that a regular sedentary lifestyle inevitably leads to.



Falling from height, obstructions and trip hazards

It is not an uncommon sight in offices or people to be standing on unbalanced stools or uneven surfaces to get things out of high cabinets. This can lead to falls resulting in fractures and other issues. Cluttered corridors and bundled wires are a tripping hazard. Then, there is no telling when a fire might break out due to faulty wiring, gas leakages, and so on. It is extremely important to have all the safety measures in place in anticipation of such an event and to have rehearsed for evacuation. There are many more hazards that can lead to a disastrous consequence if proper safety measures are not put in place.

As an employer, it is important to ascertain the legislation and regulations that need to be mandatorily followed. Apart from this, you should also ensure that the work environment is not hazardous to the employees and appropriate measures have been taken to ensure their safety. The organisation's culture should be such that it incentivises those who diligently follow safety procedures and vice-versa.



Safety Training

Proper training programs in health and safety allow employees to be more aware of the safety hazards and good practices that help avoid them. This will also help the companies save themselves from financial liabilities that crop up from such accidents and poor employee health. The most significant benefit of conducting safety training is that the morale of the employees and their trust in their employer will soar. This is going to create a highly productive atmosphere in addition to a safe place in which to work.




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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