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Keeping People Safe from Harm


Health and Safety Training to Avoid Harm

The whole intention and purpose of providing health and safety training, and placing an emphasis upon safety in the workplace, is to keep people safe from harm. This not only includes the direct part-time and full-time employees of the company, but also other groups of people. For instance, visitors on the premises such as inspectors or those coming for a meeting, as well as everybody who happens to be living and working in the immediate vicinity, can be adversely affected if an accident were to occur.



The Characteristics of the Incident will Determine How Many and to What Extent People are Affected

Quite how they will be affected depends upon the nature of the incident. A fire for example can quickly spread from its starting location to neighbouring properties, causing extensive damage from flames and smoke over a wide area. Similarly, the release of toxic gases or chemicals can also have an effect over a large radius. Both hazards can have extremely serious consequences for anybody unfortunate enough to be caught up in it. Fires not only have the heat and burn risk from the flames, but smoke inhalation can be harmful to the body and even cause death by asphyxiation if a person is unable to evacuate a building in time. Hazardous substances can cause death, injury or ill-health if they are inhaled, ingested or come into contact with the skin. The enormous range of chemicals, fumes and other hazardous substances which exist means that there is an equally diverse range of consequences that can happen to people, animals and plant life.



Health and Safety Training Reduces the Chance of Incidents

By providing thorough and regular health and safety training to staff members, a company can reduce the chances of such an occurrence taking place. Employees who are well educated in how to work safely and correctly are less likely to perform an action (or not do something) which would ultimately lead to an incident in which somebody gets hurt. No amount of health and safety training will be able to totally eliminate every single risk, but a well-trained workforce will be far more competent in identifying potential dangers and taking appropriate action to prevent an incident occurring.

Nearly all countries around the world have laws and regulations in force which place a legal responsibility upon the managers and directors of a company to take certain steps and actions to prevent harm coming to anybody directly or indirectly connected to the business. As mentioned earlier, this even includes people who simply happen to be in the area who would be affected by an incident on the premises (e.g. major explosion or toxic gas release). Aside from the legal duties, the vast majority of those in charge of companies accept that they also have a moral responsibility for keeping their fellow human beings safe from being killed, injured or suffering an illness as a result of working for them.



Conclusion

Keeping people safe from harm is one of the most important tasks that those in charge of a company have. It is vitally important that managers always keep health and safety at the forefront of their minds whenever they make a decision. Even when trading conditions are tough, safety measures should never be sacrificed or temporarily bypassed just for the sake of profit.




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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