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Health and Safety Worker Buy-in

In order to be believed and "bought into" by workers, the commitment to company health & safety and well-being of workers needs to be demonstrated high up at board room and director level. This could take the form of a board member being made responsible for promoting and integrating a proactive health and safety strategy throughout the company and its working practices.

Only through consistently applying the principles into all aspects of the workplace, making sure that all of the decisions made at board level have considered the effects on workers health and well-being, will workers begin to believe that the company is truly concerned with the safety and welfare of its employees, over and above the minimum requirements demanded by applicable health and safety legislation.

Creating this kind of working environment will serve to improve the morale of workers as they feel that they are valued by the organisation they work for and that they have their best interests at heart. In return, workers are more likely to not only give more effort in return whilst they are at work, but it should also lead to less staff absenteeism (and so fewer lost working days), along with a reduction in staff turnover levels as workers have less desire to leave and seek better conditions elsewhere. This helps to avoid the related costs of recruitment, but can be particularly advantageous if the employees work in a sensitive area, such as the research and development department of a firm, where their defection to a competitor could see them take their knowledge with them.

A number of health and safety courses are pitched at director level, specifically the IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors course. These courses help directors and senior managers who wish to raise their awareness of health and safety legislation and their particular responsibilities with regards to health and safety and health and safety training of others within their organisation.




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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