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How Health and Safety is Important to Local Communities

All around the country there are examples of towns (and even cities) where one company has been the main employer of that location's inhabitants. It is much less common these days compared to a few decades ago when it was quite normal for one business to employ over half the population, especially the men of the town, sometimes with different generations of the same family working together at the same premises.

Even today, whilst there is much more diversity in the labour market, and improvements in transportation infrastructure and internet connections means that people can work further afield or even at home, there will still be many towns where one company is the principal employer for large numbers of workers. This means that what happens at this business can have a significant effect on the local community; either positive or negative, depending upon what happens.

One issue which has always been of tremendous importance to the community is that of health and safety. Even if a person is not injured or made ill themselves, they are likely to feel a greater sense of compassion when it is a tight-knit workforce from the same place where most will know each other out of work or through a friend of a friend. Of course, whilst any accident in the workplace is likely to result in some form of complaint and drop in morale from other workers who will start to worry if the same could happen again but to them this time, these feelings can be heightened when there is a feeling of community versus a single or group of managers. In some cases it can even result in outright protests and strike action.

What it does mean however is that it is sometimes easier to negotiate and discuss matters relating to health and safety when there is a general desire for it amongst the entire workforce. Health and safety training and the implementation of a health and safety culture is so much easier when staff members are amenable to it rather than resistant to any form of change or interference to their way of working from management. Rather than fighting any changes, a workforce which understands the importance of health and safety and openly desires such improvements will be able to work with management and rapidly adopt changes which significantly minimise the likelihood of accidents and illnesses occurring as a result of workplace activities.

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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