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The Benefits of Safety in the Workplace

For health and safety managers of any business, it's vital to make sure that the premises is modern, secure, and healthy to be in for both staff and customers alike. You need to have a clear environment to work within and something that people can trust is going to be safe to spend many hours of their time in each day.

To get there, though, you need to really be strict with health and safety; too many people take a rather open-minded approach to staying safe in the workplace. Removing this laissez-faire attitude to safety should be your first step.

Once you do this you will start to notice a wide array of benefits to your business, such as;


1) Saving on insurance costs and legal costs is one of the first things you can benefit from. When all protocols are managed and everything is done to the level and standard that many people expect when dealing with a workplace, it's easier to minimise your court appearances. Following procedure might seem dull, but it keeps the employees in your business safe, and helps to preserve your company's reputation.


2) When there is a positive safety culture in the business, staff members feel like they can come to work with relatively little fears about anything going wrong, and as such are more likely to be productive. As you might imagine this pays off in a good way by giving you increased output from the same level of resources, which will lead to higher profits.


3) Another big part of being health and safety conscious as a business is that it makes staff more loyal. A team will stick together if they feel like you are treating them with respect and that you look after their wishes and their needs. When they feel used or harshly treated, they are more likely to look elsewhere.


4) Improving your reputation within the community as a strong, well-managed business will eventually lead to greater recognition. Pass your inspections, stay up to date and never allow anything to fall behind and you can really become the business people turn to, whether that be potential customers or talented job applicants.


5) Lastly, your staff will be far more likely to actually want to stick around - they will even have less time off. If they aren't being injured in any way at the workplace then you'll get more from your staff as they'll spend less time recovering from any injuries they received working, not to mention being less inclined to seek alternative employment elsewhere!




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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