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.
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.