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How Does Health and Safety Legislation Benefit Workers?

The introduction and implementation of health and safety legislation within a country can provide numerous benefits for workers. It will force employers to conform to a minimum level of standards when it comes to health and safety in terms of taking steps and making provisions to keep their workers, as well as nearby members of the public, safe from hazards and free from illness. Sometimes it will be impractical for all risks to be removed, as the only way of avoiding 100% of risks will be to stay at home! But health and safety legislation will serve to reduce these risks by forcing employees to change processes or take certain steps, however the extent of this will depend upon the level of legislation introduced by the government of the respective country.

Just as with any other type of legislation, it will only be truly effective if it is properly enforced by the authorities. Laws which are made but are not enforced will allow for people, in this case company owners and managers, to ignore the rules which are supposed to prevent harm to employees. It is all very well for a government to have good intentions towards the welfare of its citizens by introducing laws, but if they are not enforced and are largely ignored, then they may just as well not have been made in the first place.

The exact details of the legislation and what is required from employers can include provisions such as the mandatory issuance of personal protective equipment (PPE), making employers provide suitable health and safety training to their workers which will enable them to operate machinery safely or avoid the most probable risks in their particular place of work, e.g. coshh risks in a chemical plant.

Whilst it may sometimes cost more money and take up additional time, there can be no doubt that the presence of health and safety legislation has saved lives and prevented countless serious injuries and illnesses for workers since it began to be introduced in countries across the world over a century ago.

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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