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Sharing Lessons With Others for Health and Safety Training


Introduction

Unfortunately despite all of the health and safety training and preventative measures in the world, accidents and near misses still occur. Whilst many potential risks and hazards can be minimised, it is impossible to entirely eliminate all chance of an incident occurring unless impractical steps are taken such as closing down the business completely.

So despite safety precautions, health and safety training, qualifications like the NEBOSH Diploma and so forth, there is no getting away from the fact that accidents, incidents and near misses will still occur. Their likelihood can, most of the time, only be minimised and reduced rather than eliminated completely. Not only then do items and procedures need to be ready to handle such a situation, like the provision of fire extinguishers and emergency evacuation plans, but lessons need to be learnt from these events in order to lessen even further the potential for them to happen in the future.



Sharing Health and Safety Information to Prevent Harm

These incidents do not necessarily need to happen to a person, department or even an entire company personally for them to benefit from the experience. This is because the lessons learned and knowledge gained from an accident or near miss can be shared with others in order to increase their awareness and understanding so that they are less likely to suffer the same fate.

Companies are naturally wary about sharing information. Of course this makes sense from a competition perspective; others should figure things out for themselves rather than being told (or stealing) the results of another firm's hard work. However a different approach should be taken when it comes to health and safety. This topic is not the same as a new product or process which will give the company a competitive advantage for more money, it is a topic which affects the lives and health of human beings. There needs to be difference between a company keeping secret the results of research which could increase its profits, and keeping secret information which could save the life of a person working for a different firm.

Collaboration on safety information between firms operating in the same industry can significantly improve the overall levels of health and safety at both businesses. An incident which takes place at one can provide lessons and suggestions for improvements/modifications at the other business to prevent a similar occurrence, rather then waiting for a person to be killed or injured before realising that something needs to be changed. The more companies that collaborate, the greater the amount of information shared and the more that can be learnt and implemented before a similar incident takes place at the other businesses.



The Need for Health and Safety Collaboration

The many different facets to the topic of health and safety mean that there are a lot of areas which need attention in order to keep people and the environment safe from harm. Whether this be organisational issues, technical requirements, potential for human error, environmental influences etc, the information to be learnt and the potential for incidents are significant. Collaboration reduces the workload of each different business, and enables them to create a safer place of work in a much shorter period of time than if they had to figure out everything themselves. This is particularly true of a new businesses with an inexperienced management team and workforce, who can learn from an established player in the market.




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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