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Improving Health and Safety Standards Through Training and Education


The Main Purpose of Health and Safety Training is Sometimes Forgotten

Health and safety training is not only concerned with individuals passing exams and obtaining a piece of paper. Quite often the actual primary purpose of health and safety training - to improve safety standards and prevent accidents in the workplace - can be overlooked. Time and again, health and safety courses and qualifications are viewed as things which need to be done simply to obtain a piece of paper and satisfy legal requirements. Once they have passed, they can forget about it and carry on as before.

In actual fact, health and safety training should be viewed as a continual process for improving safety standards within an organisation. Not only is it essential for preventing accidents, injuries and illnesses to employees and members of the public nearby, but it is often forgotten that a safe place of work will often result in other benefits for the company.



The Effect of Management's Attitude Towards Safety

For instance, employees who feel that management do not take their health and safety seriously will also believe, probably correctly, that profits are put before them in the list of priorities. As a result they will be demotivated and in all likelihood be actively searching for another job at a company which treats its workers better. This can cause disruption to the business from high staff turnover, not to mention more time lost for worker absence through sickness or ill-health, both of which will, ironically, reduce profits.

The fact that health and safety training requires money to be spent and employees to have time away from the workplace is the cause of much bitterness towards the topic by the vast majority of business owners. They see health and safety requirements as a burden and an inconvenience which has to be endured such as paying tax. Many fail to see further than the short term financial and time commitments to realise how improving health and safety standards and creating a positive health and safety culture within their business can significantly increase profit levels. Employees who feel safe, respected and cared about will subsequently want to remain working for the business for the foreseeable future, and will as a result want it to be successful and flourish. Rather than sitting there hoping they don't get injured or fall ill (or worse), and wanting to get out of the company as soon as possible, employees who actually want the company to succeed will work much harder to try and achieve it as they want to stay.



Health and Safety Can Be Good for Both People and Profits

So not only does improving health and safety standards in a business satisfy regulatory requirements, it can also provide a fantastic return on investment and significantly improve the future profitability and service levels of the organisation. Rather than being a disruption and inconvenience which drains time and money, health and safety training and the subsequent safer place of work and increased motivation felt by staff can provide a tremendous boost to the company.




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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