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How to Reduce the Chances of Human Error Risking Health and Safety

No humans are infallible, with everybody having the potential to make mistakes. These human errors can cause either minor or major accidents and incidents which pose a danger to either the person themselves and/or everybody around them. Although the chances of a mistake happening can never to totally reduced to zero, there are many steps which can be taken that can greatly reduce the potential for mistakes to be made and the subsequent negative consequences that follow.

First off, providing health and safety training to employees will vastly increase their knowledge and awareness of the risks that are present whilst they perform their job, enabling them to avoid these. Training on how to perform specific actions or operate particular pieces of machinery or equipment will also significantly reduce the chances of them making an error whilst using it.

Secondly, risk assessments can be performed which should identify the potential for errors to occur. Once these have been determined, steps can be taken and new measures introduced with the intention of reducing the chances of these errors happening.

Companies need to look at factors such as the design of the workplace, the equipment used, the working environment such as the amount of noise or lighting levels, and company policies such as the number of hours worked by employees. If possible, complicated procedures should be simplified to reduce the potential for a mistake to be make somewhere in the sequence, as well as providing adequate supervision for new or inexperienced workers who are doing a task which has the potential to cause extensive damage or harm if something goes wrong.

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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