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Remedial Action After Accident Investigation

Once an accident investigation has taken place, it is important that the information learned is used to make changes to health and safety policy or procedures in order to prevent a similar sort of accident from occurring again in the future, which may be more serious than this one. After all the primary purpose of investigating the accident is to establish the causes and to take appropriate action, as by this time it is already too late to do anything to prevent this particular incident!

The findings are likely to include both short-term and long-term suggestions for improvement, depending on what sort of incident has taken place. The short-term improvements will include such things as fixing safety guards on machinery, introducing new warning signs etc. Longer term, the entire attitude of workers with regards to safety may need to be changed if it has become the norm to take shortcuts or not bother with using protective equipment. It may be the case that pressure from managers to achieve targets has contributed to this culture. Having workers attend health and safety courses can remind them of the dangers that exist in the workplace that they may have forgotten or started to take for granted, along with making them more aware of their safety responsibilities, both to themselves and those around them.

It is important that any changes that are introduced as a result of the accident investigation findings are closely monitored and evaluated soon after being introduced to check their effectiveness. These changes may also have created new health and safety issues and potential risks which will need to be addressed. For example, altering the layout of the workspace to incorporate new safety features may now obstruct fire escape routes. Workers will also need to be trained in how to safely operate any new machinery, or perform tasks such as being a fire marshall if they have now been given that responsibility.

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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