Training and Development Courses and Qualifications by The BCF Group

The Importance of Training New Starts

For any business, one of the most important things that can be managed is the understanding of your staff and how they perceive their role within the firm. It's always important to take these things into account and make sure that all the new staff that joins your ranks is going to be reliable when it comes to following health and safety protocol.

It might not seem hugely important at the moment, but managing this kind of project is vital to keeping your business safe and secure for years to come. To get there, though, you need to be prepared to go through some rather challenging aspects of managing a business.

For example, you will need to take each new member of staff and thoroughly drill them on the importance of health and safety. Make no mistake, the difference between understanding health and safety and claiming to understand it could be the difference between your premises being in profit, or being burnt to the ground.

The training available to new starters is varied, and will depend to a great extent upon their previous level of health and safety training and experience in the industry. Whilst everybody who starts will need to undergo induction safety training to some extent - being made aware of issues such as where the emergency exits are and what the fire alarm sounds like for instance - those with little to no previous knowledge or health and safety training should undertake a NEBOSH General Certificate or an IOSH Working Safely course which will provide an overview of the main hazards to be found in a typical organisation. For those with many new starters, this training can be provided in-house and made bespoke to the exact nature and working practices of your business.

Therefore, it's vital to get every member of staff that you possibly can learning through regular and consistent healthy and safety training. If they are new to the company, this can really pay off in the long-term as you'll help them get to grips with what they want to do, and where they want to go with the company.

Health and safety can help you save massive sums of money in the long-term along with other benefits, as well as making sure that you have all the help that you could possibly need in getting to grips with the overall system you are dealing with. To make sure that all of your staff are trained and can be trusted to be on the premises, we recommend that you try asking them the following;

  • How would they deal with a specific hazard? Depending on your industry you will be at risk of certain problems more than others. Make sure they can tell you a modern, secure and smart way to handle this problem and avoid the issues that come with being negligent when it comes to health and safety training
  • What are the emergency procedures that need to be followed?
  • Where is the key equipment stored for anything that could be dealt with i.e. a fire?

Your staff need to understand the vital nature of dealing with risks and hazards, otherwise they might damage the company in some capacity, whether to physical buildings/stock or to reputation and brand name. To avoid this problem, then, you really need to work with your new staff to make sure they fit in with the health and safety first ethos of your business. This is very important, and can be the deciding factor in keeping your business successful.

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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