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How Accidents Can Ultimately Lead to Closure


Accidents and incidents which occur at a place of work can have a number of consequences, potentially affecting the health and safety of people nearby, not to mention local wildlife and the surrounding environment. Depending upon the severity of the incident and the substances which are present that can be unintentionally released into the atmosphere of groundwater, these incidents can result in anything from no serious health effects to large-scale death and destruction.

The immediate repercussions of the incident may not be overly onerous. The company may receive a large fine, but compared to its current profit levels it could easily make this back in the future. The real problem for the company comes when the incident has an effect upon sales and subsequently those levels of profit, as will often happen after a company takes a significant hit to its reputation and brand image after being responsible for a damaging incident.

Consequences Can Affect Businesses of all Sizes

At one end of the scale, a small business which depends upon the custom of the local town may find itself shunned if it causes an accident or incident which kills or injures a number of members of the community. This will have a serious chance of forcing it out of business as the much-declined revenue now struggles to cover the outgoings.

Even large multinational corporations can come near to closure or even be forced into bankruptcy by the same principal, but on a national or international level. Major accidents which make national or international news headlines can come to a wide audience extremely quickly, especially now that social media enables people to share news stories amongst many others all over the world within seconds.

If fines and compensation claims are severe and also rumble on for years, causing uncertainty amongst investors, the long-term effects of relatively poor sales can have damaging effects upon the viability of the company, which is sometimes terminal.

Environmental Impacts

Particular causes of large-scale outrage and product boycotts are those which negatively affect the environment in some way. Environmental activists and campaigners can bring about severe disruption for a business which they believe to be significant harmers of the environment, whether this is an accident such as an explosion or spill, or as a result of deliberate dumping of waste or releasing a lot of toxic emissions into the atmosphere. This is why environmental courses like the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate are increasingly popular so that there stands to be less chance of negatively impacting the environment and suffering the potential financial consequences of doing so.

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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