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On-Site Defibrillators & Health and Safety

Regardless of the kind of business that you are - restaurant, store, mechanics, anything - it's vital to have the right kind of health and safety equipment available on-site for you. Not only will this will help you to reduce accidents and injuries in the first place, but will also make sure that you have a means of helping anyone who does happen to get into difficulties.

One of the most important things that any business should have on-site, though, is a defibrillator. This is a massively important piece of equipment to have, and will save lives.

Modern AEDs are designed to be used even by those without any prior knowledge of what to do, but it is far more preferable to have members of staff trained up in their usage and in general first aid. The expense of training and having these on-site might seem off-putting for some managers who are reluctant to spend money on anything when their primary objective is to make as high a profit as possible for the company, but it's a lot better to be slightly out of pocket than dealing with the death of a customer or staff member on your business premises!

Preparation is one of the key factors in the creation of a safe working environment, as preparing and taking appropriate precautions is the best method for preventing an accident or emergency situation occurring. Performing thorough risk assessments on a regular basis can identify potential risks and hazards before an incident occurs, and allows management to put into place suitable control measures to hopefully prevent that potential becoming a reality. Prevention is far more preferable than dealing with the consequences when it comes to health and safety.

It is a good idea to use an external health and safety training provider to come in and have a look at the way your company has designed and is implementing health and safety protocols to the benefit of your staff. They will also be able to provide necessary training courses and programmes to teach workers about the dangers which they are likely to encounter whilst at work, and, more pertinently, how to avoid them or at least lessen the likelihood of them suffering ill-health or an accident because of it. The safety training provider can also advise on safety equipment which should be purchased in order to improve the overall health and safety levels of the premises, such as defibrillators or fire extinguishers.

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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