Health and Safety Training For New Starters
So, you've put your staff through a single or series of health and safety training courses, and are now basking in the knowledge that your workers have the knowledge required to work safely. However, it is a mistake to think of health and safety training as a one-off event.
In business, staff turnover is inevitable, and in large organisations employees come and go all the time. Those that come in may never have had any previous health and safety training before in their lives. Even if they have, they will be unfamiliar with their new employer's specific health and safety policy, the exact fire safety procedures etc. Short induction training sessions will educate them to some extent, but in order to gain the comprehensive knowledge required in order to work safely, a proper health and safety training course is the best way to go, particularly if it is an in-house course that is specifically tailored to your organisation's working practices and the specific risks and hazards employees will face in performing their job role.
Health and safety training will not only be of benefit to the individual employee in order to let them work safely and reduce the chances of them injuring themselves, but it will also reduce the risk of them causing an accident which will injure or kill a fellow worker. Effective health and safety in a workplace relies on individuals also working safely as a team, making the environment safe for their colleagues as well as themselves.
The right health and safety training course will depend on their day-to-day activities, as well as their position in the company. Workers on the shop floor will likely gain more benefit from practical health and safety training which includes demonstrations and activities to go with any theory taught, such as our manual handling course. For those in a managerial or supervisory role, a course such as the SMSTS (Site Management Safety Training Scheme), SSSTS (Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme) or IOSH Managing Safely will be more suitable.
Whatever courses you decide on, health and safety training is a continuous process. Even those who remain with the company for years will still need regular refresher courses or to sit the course again, as changes to working practices and health and safety legislation will need to be taken into account. This is why some of the accredited qualifications only last a certain number of years before expiring. Failure to learn about and implement the latest changes required by law could mean you and your company facing expensive fines or even imprisonment, making health and safety training essential.