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How Boredom and Human Error Affects Health and Safety

The motivation of employees can have an effect upon the levels of health and safety within an organisation. The extent to which a person is highly motivated or contrastingly not very motivated at all will have a significant impact upon their attitude not only to their work/productivity but also upon their commitment to complying with health and safety regulations and the particular policies of the company.

A person who is not very motivated or stimulated by their work is likely to suffer greatly from boredom, which subsequently creates the potential for lapses in health and safety as the worker will probably not be concentrating fully on the task in hand or machinery and giving it their full attention. This lack of vigilance and awareness provides the perfect environment for mistakes to be made or procedures not followed to cause an incident which poses a risk to the health, safety and welfare of either themselves or of those around them.

Human error is linked to boredom as the two often go hand in hand for the reasons described in the above paragraph. However mistakes and human error can happen at anytime even to the most stimulated and dedicated of workers, so is certainly by no means only attributable to those who are bored at work, but it is a fact that mistakes are more likely to be made by those who are not fully committed and focusing on the job in hand.

Whilst some courses focus specifically on how to do certain tasks safely, some health and safety training courses and qualifications such as the NEBOSH General Certificate look at the psychological and human factors that can contribute to levels of health and safety within an organisation. Please click here to read more information regarding the NEBOSH General Certificate and to see scheduled open course dates.

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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