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Nominate People to Call Relevant Bodies in an Emergency


Despite all of the instructions and guidance to keep calm, in an emergency quite often a degree of panic and confusion will be present. When it does, employees will need to fall back on the health and safety training which they received prior to the emergency situation unfolding, and is why preparation is key to both staving off and dealing with any emergency condition or event.

Amongst other things, this health and safety preparatory work should nominate certain individuals to perform a distinct task if it ever becomes necessary. As well as checking particular areas of the premises, a vital task which needs to be completed is the timely alerting of the emergency services or the relevant authorities. Not only can this act be the difference between a relatively minor mishap and a large scale disaster, but can also be the difference between people suffering minor injuries (if any) and serious ones, or potentially being killed. The same also applies for the environment, as failing to alert the necessary bodies can be what separates a small amount of damage and a major environmental catastrophe such as large scale water pollution for example.

Before an emergency incident occurs it will therefore be necessary to allocate the task of notifying the relevant bodies should an incident occur. A common mistake during an emergency is to assume that somebody else will make the call. A person is especially likely to think this when the incident is large and therefore many people on the premises are aware.

Allocating this responsibility to somebody before an incident takes place should ensure that somebody does indeed make the call. It is also a good idea to have somebody else nominated with the responsibility if there is any doubt that the first person has done it, for instance if they are known to be absent from the workplace that day, or are unaccounted for and may be caught up in the incident itself and so be unable to call. It is better for two calls to be made than none at all.

The Need for Training Before an Emergency

Along with knowing who should do what, there is also the need for practice to ensure that everybody knows precisely how to fulfil their allocated role should an emergency come to pass. Practicing the drill also helps to retain it to memory so that the knowledge can be called upon when it is needed the most, i.e. when an emergency is unfolding around a person.

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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