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Identifying Broken Equipment with Regards to Health and Safety

One of the main dangers to a person's health and safety, whether in the home or in a place of work, is the risk from using damaged or faulty equipment. There are many obvious examples, including the risk of electric shock, fire and explosion which can have detrimental effects ranging from minor injuries right up to causing death, not only for the person using the equipment but also those nearby.

Broken equipment can also take the form of damaged or defective safety protection which is designed to protect the wearer from harm when it is in good condition, but can fail to provide this protection when it is not in an adequate state.

Regulations such as the Health and Safety at Work etc Act (HASAWA) and Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) place responsibility for safe equipment on both the employer and the workers themselves. Whilst the employer needs to provide equipment in good condition and provide appropriate protective equipment, it is also a duty of employees to inform their employer in a timely manner of any damage or defects they come across in the equipment so that the employer can take the appropriate action, whether this is getting it repaired by a competent person or replacing the equipment in question. By placing the emphasis on both sides, i.e. both employers and employees, faulty equipment is therefore much more likely to not be used if both parties are keeping a close watch on the state and condition of equipment.

Relevant Training:

Construction Training:- Whilst virtually every industry will use equipment, tools and safety equipment in some form, the construction industry is one industry in which workers will be using a lot of equipment which can cause serious injury or worse if it is not properly maintained, operating correctly and free from damage. At the BCF Group and our selected partners, we offer a range of bespoke and accredited health and safety courses for those in the construction industry, including the Site Managers SMSTS, Site Supervisors SSSTS, the NEBOSH Construction Certificate and courses such as permit to work training and control of substances hazardous to health (coshh).

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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