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Health and Safety Training: How to Prevent Work-Related Injuries and Deaths

In a modern-day working environment, there are numerous hazards that require extensive training and education in order to avoid. Without educational training, workers risk harming their bodies or even facing death.

According to UK Government statistics, the number of injured workers has steadily decreased over the past 20 years due in large part to the rising popularity of safety training. Unfortunately, many work environments do not provide such services and fatalities still occur. Just last year 142 individuals died due to work-related injuries. Of these 142 individuals, 51 workers died in the services industry, 35 were killed in construction, 16 in manufacturing, 33 in agriculture and one in mining. These industries, and even ones which are not typically considered high-risk working environments, present numerous hazards to workers that unless properly addressed could result in deadly consequences.

The most common workplace injuries are related to handling dangerous substances, misuse of machinery, electrocution, falling objects, motor vehicle accidents, and falling from height. There are also a number of health-related issues that workers could face. These include asbestos (often found in older buildings), Blood Borne Viruses, Legionella from water and cooling systems, and skin or respiratory hazards due to improper exposure. All of these are easily avoided with proper training, however many incidents are unfortunately still happening due to improper education of workers.

Avoiding workplace injuries and fatalities is important not just of course for the employee but also for employers, who risk losing valuable members of its workforce to circumstances that could have been prevented with the right precautions. These precautions include extensive on-the-job safety training that educates workers on not only the hazards involved in their work but the correct ways to avoid such hazards. Follow-up and proper management is also important in avoiding workplace fatalities.

At the BCF Group, we provide customised hazard training to fit the needs of your company. Our extensive knowledge base allows us to train all employees in avoiding common injuries that could result in fatalities. Without training, employees risk making common mistakes that could prove highly dangerous for both them as well as your company.

With the right training, your employees will not only feel safer at work, but will actually be safer. While work can sometimes seem intuitive, safety and health information is not always well-known, and often times requires professional training. With in-person training, substantive materials and frequent refresher courses your workers will be safer: and so will your company!




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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