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Health and Safety in the Workplace - Stay Informed


The Importance of Health and Safety Training

The key to workplace safety is prevention, and the key to prevention is education. Health and safety in the workplace is a very serious matter and it falls to everyone to maintain a work environment that promotes safe and effective precautions. Whether you work on a construction site, at a hospital, or in an office setting, there is no such thing as a risk-free environment. That is why it is so vitally important that we take training courses geared toward health and safety seriously. Each year thousands are injured and some even lose their lives to preventable accidents in their place of business. Many of these mishaps could have been avoided simply by a greater awareness of potential dangers such as fire, tripping hazards, and good lifting habits. Training courses and health management systems are the means by which every employee can stay informed and up to date on workplace dangers.

According to the Department of Labor there were over a million injuries that resulted in employees having to take time away from work in 2013. That means a possible loss of pay for the employee and loss of labor for the employer. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports over four thousand deaths related to workplace hazards in 2013 alone. Hundreds of these fatalities could have been avoided by something as simple as effective health and safety training courses. It is to the mutual benefit of all that we stay well informed about workplace hazards. The use of resources such as online and face-to-face safety courses has been proven to dramatically reduce the number of accidents in professional environments.

Education and awareness about safety are also important when it comes to responsible resource management. Businesses can invest small fortunes in workers compensation and insurance premiums which will have a negative effect on employees at every level. If risks are reduced and safety protocols are adhered to, the resources used to cover the cost of preventable workplace injuries could be used elsewhere. The first step, as always, is making everyone aware of the dangers they face and the preventive measures they can take to avoid injury.



The Positive Effects of Providing Health and Safety Training

Despite the staggering numbers shown above, there is a bright side. Due to a rise in safety awareness and hazard prevention, the number of occupational injuries and fatalities are declining every year. That is good news but it does not mean we can relax; it is only through a heightened sense of awareness and collaborative effort that we can continue to build a safe and secure work environment for ourselves and our co-workers. Safety is the responsibility of every team member from entry level positions to upper management. While companies can make training mandatory, they cannot force anyone to take safety issues seriously. That is always up to the individual. The moment we become complacent and let our guard down, we will be putting ourselves and others at risk. If you wish to reduce risk in your place of business, stay informed, stay alert, and stay aware.




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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