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The Importance of Health and Safety Training in the Workplace


Introduction

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:



Fire

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.



Trip Hazards

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!)



Hazardous Substances

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.



Electrocution

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.



Manual Tasks

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.




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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