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How a Booming Economy Can Be Bad for Health and Safety

Even though it is a legal requirement, the costs involved with health and safety training can often be quite prohibitive for companies and individuals alike, especially for a NEBOSH General Certificate or NEBOSH Diploma for example usually costing a four figure sum to take. So it would be understandable to think that in a booming economy health and safety provision would increase and accidents would be reduced, and subsequently when times are hard that health and safety may fall by the wayside.

In fact, the opposite is usually true. When the economy is booming and times are good, business will usually have more money available to spend on safety training but will be so busy fulfilling orders or providing purchased services that they will not be able to let employees be away from the workplace in order to attend the training sessions. Not only will there be a lack of time available to have workers absent, but management may also be putting workers under pressure to fulfil customer orders and meet output targets, which can cause them to rush activities or even circumvent health and safety control measures. Rushing or by-passing controls will greatly increase the chances of workers suffering an accident or injury in the workplace, and it is important that management do not allow health and safety procedures to slip during busy periods or, even worse, actively encourage it for the sake of fulfilling customer demand.

Of course commercial businesses will want to capitalise on strong demand, but health and safety cannot be seen as a luxury commodity for when times are good or something to do in spare time when there are quiet phases. It needs to be integrated into the working time of employees whether the company is experiencing a busy period or not, and should to be maintained and adhered to at all times.

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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