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Health and Safety Training of Vehicle Drivers and Machinery Operators

The safe operation and driving of vehicles and equipment on a construction site requires not only the careful selection of the people tasked with operating them, but also receiving suitable training. It is not acceptable for a worker to just hop on board a vehicle and be expected to drive or operate it flawlessly and without incident. In fact, if this were to happen it is likely that very soon there would be an accident which caused someone to become injured or even die as a result.

Drivers and machinery operators not only require general health and safety training in order to be aware of all of the numerous risks and hazards that can present a danger to their health and welfare, but also require training which is specific to the vehicle or machinery they are due to operate. As well as this machine-specific training teaching them how to use the equipment, it will also make them aware of other vitally important considerations such as the location of emergency stop or engine cut-off switches and the tolerance/operating parameters of the equipment, as pushing the equipment beyond its capabilities could cause an accident, e.g. lifting a weight which is too heavy and causes cables to snap and the load to break free. Even if they have previously received training and operated a similar vehicle, they should still receive training as the layout of the controls may be different to previous makes and models.

It is also important that construction site managers and site supervisors receive training to make them aware of the risks that their employees face whilst driving or operating vehicles and equipment on site, not to mention their own responsibilities with regards to the safety and welfare of those who are affected by work on the site.

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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