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Protection of the Feet

Protective clothing and equipment is a topic which is covered in numerous health and safety courses as it is an extremely important subject which could mean the difference between life and death. Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE for short, is provided to protect a person from harm when it has not been possible to make their job role safer.

Protective equipment often involves items of clothing which are designed to provide protection for the wearer. One area of the body which often needs protecting is the foot, as there are a number of potential causes of injury for feet and toes.

A major cause of injuries to the feet is from items being dropped onto them, particularly the toes which can easily be broken by an item that is dropped due to poor manual handling techniques or try to pick up a load which is too heavy. Appropriate footwear needs to be worn when there is a risk of sharp objects penetrating through the sole and causing a sharps injury to the person. There is also a danger to those who have the potential in their job role or work environment to stand in wet concrete as this can cause severe corrosive burns if it were to come into contact with a person's skin.

One of the industries in which workers have the potential to encounter all three of the above hazards is the construction industry. This means that construction workers must wear the correct footwear at all times, and it is up to the site manager to ensure that everybody working on site is complying with this. The syllabus of construction courses and qualifications such as the CITB Site Managers SMSTS, Site Supervisors SSSTS and the NEBOSH Construction Certificate courses will cover Personal Protective Equipment and staying safe on a construction site to avoid injury and accidents.

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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