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The Importance of Health and Safety Training in the Workplace
High quality health and safety training is not only of the utmost importance to prevent accidents from occurring in the workplace but is actually a statutory legal requirement in the UK. You have an obligation to provide training for your staff to equip them with the knowledge and skills required to keep them safe while at work. Here are some of the most common risks your employees need to be trained to deal with:
One of the most significant risks to the safety of your employees and indeed the viability of your business is fire. Just one fire incident could destroy your whole organisation, particularly if you run your operations from a single site. Your staff should all be trained in the use of CO2 fire extinguishers and you should have a trained fire-warden to plan and lead an evacuation of the premises in the event of a fire breaking out.
Related Course: The NEBOSH Fire Certificate
Falling from Height
Your employees should be properly briefed and trained on how to work safely at height. This might mean the correct use of safety harnesses if working on a building site or training in how to correctly set up and use a ladder to avoid falls and related injuries.
It might come as a surprise to learn that tripping is one of the most common causes of employee injury at work. You owe it to your staff to train them how to avoid creating these hazards which can seriously injure fellow colleagues (or themselves if they create a trip hazard and then forget it is there!)
These substances are used in many workplaces and may come in the form of liquids, gases, oils or fumes from machinery or vehicles. Exposure to these chemicals can cause breathing difficulties, skin disorders or serious long term illnesses. If you store or use these hazardous chemicals in your workplace then you should make sure your staff are well-trained in how to handle them and know what to do in case of a leak or spillage.
Poor maintenance of electrical equipment can increase the risk of electrocution in the workplace. Your employees should undergo training on how to keep electrical equipment properly maintained and correctly positioned away from any hazards to minimise the risk of an electricity related injury, and how to use equipment safety (e.g. not overloading sockets) or performing maintenance without authorisation.
If your employees undertake any manual tasks such as lifting or other duties involving repetitive or sustained movements likely to put stress on the body, then they will require manual handling training on how to minimise their chance of injury. Without this training they will be at risk of repetitive strain injury and may develop chronic conditions such as sciatica or other back related conditions which will put them out of work for long periods of time.
Offering this essential training to your staff can improve their competence and make them more knowledgeable about potential hazards which can injure them in the course of their everyday duties. Don't just rely on insurance to protect your business from health and safety liabilities; educate your workforce and make health and safety training a priority.