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Measuring Effectiveness of Health and Safety Training


Introduction

Aside from complying with relevant laws and legislation, the main purpose for management in an organisation to provide health and safety training to their workers is to minimise the probability of a person being killed, becoming injured or made ill as a result of their activities or working environment. This can result in numerous benefits for the business in terms of employees taking fewer days off through sickness absence, less potential for expensive compensation claims from workers who suffer a preventable injury or illness (not to mention fines that may be imposed for health and safety breaches) and increased productivity due to more motivated workers who feel that the company values their wellbeing.

The cost of health and safety training can initially seem intimidating, especially with qualifications like the NEBOSH General Certificate or NEBOSH Diploma courses often costing a four figure sum, but should instead be viewed as an investment as the financial benefits to the business mentioned in the paragraph above will usually offset the initial cost many times over in time.

Just as with any investment the return obtained will be an important issue, with health and safety training being no exception. This means that measuring the effectiveness of the training provided will need to be done, whether this is putting one or two employees on a NEBOSH General Certificate course or providing a bespoke training programme to the entire workforce on a topic such as sharps training or COSHH/hazardous substances training.



How Can the Effectiveness of Health and Safety Training be Measured?

How an organisation goes about measuring the effectiveness of the health and safety training provided will vary not only between companies in different industries and what they want to get out of the training, but also in the type of training provided and the topics which it covered. Typically though, the effectiveness of the majority of safety training courses will be measured through monitoring the performance of workers after the training and comparing it with measurements taken beforehand. These measures can be issues arising over a certain period of time such as the number of accidents, employee sickness absence and evaluation forms which record the thoughts and feelings of the workforce. Subsequent refresher training should be provided to continue and maintain the positive health and safety culture created.




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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