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Simple Tips for Occupational Health and Safety Success


For any business to be capable of managing itself in the right manner, it needs to be able to hit certain goals and objectives along the way. This includes safety, and falls under what is known as occupational health and safety. It's an absolute must for any business that wishes to move forward in the right manner.

Many workplaces are under par in terms of their safety procedures, and this is something that has to definitively change for a business to be recognised amongst its peers and customers.

A good occupational health and safety team will be able to:

1) Provide a comprehensive process that ticks all of the boxes for that specific industry. A business that makes wooden furniture, for example, will follow a different health and safety procedure and enact different safeguards to those who make chemicals and pesticides. There has to be a unique structure in place for each and every business.

2) Likewise, there has to be a level of accountability throughout the business. It's not just something for the management team to worry about; it's something that even the newest members of staff need to think about and consider seriously. If needed, there has to be some kind of program involved to make sure people are not going to shirk their responsibilities or potentially jeopardise the health and safety of colleagues and customers.

3) Reach and maintain a level of performance, and a measurement that comes with a basis for incremental and continued improvement throughout the organisation over a previously agreed period of time. This is vital for long-term growth and development, and will play a key role in a business becoming more aware and more capable of preventing and dealing with major issues.

4) Negotiate and implement a strong financial process to ensure that resources are available for health and safety including training and protective equipment. Safety for everyone should come before anything else, even new marketing campaigns that could prove to be very profitable.

The Importance of Continuous Health and Safety Training

To get to this stage, a business needs to go through some form of consistently updated and improved occupational health and safety programme with their staff. It needs to start on day one, and only finish on the day that they leave; it's never too late to start training and changing mindsets.

Make sure that you cover all of the basics at all times - you never know what someone might forget in the most important moment. There is far more to health and safety than just maintaining your reputation and your license - it's about protecting people. Put these practices in place within your business, and health and safety becomes second nature.

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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