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Why Health and Safety Training is a MUST!


Introduction

More than 142 workers have been killed this year due to work-related accidents, and more than 27.3 million work days lost because of work-related illnesses (UK Health and Safety statistics 2014/15). So, ill health and accidents caused by work should be a fundamental issue for all employers. The employees of every organisation are its most valuable assets. Therefore, they should receive relevant training on health and safety for their workplace.

Health and safety training in the workplace is a great way for workers to acquire new skills and information that will bolster ethical work practices. Providing this essential training can result in a change of attitude to work and a reduction in work-related accidents, which invariably increases morale, knowledge, and productivity.



Hazards

Work related accidents occur due to hazards that exist in a place of work. These hazards include objects, attitudes, practices or procedures that have the inherent ability to cause harm in a working environment. Some employers and employees may not be able to recognise a workplace hazard, and this ignorance is mostly because of a lack of health and safety training. The ability to identify hazards is a crucial component in creating a safe place to work, and identifying these hazards is the first step to understanding the risks that are inherent in your work environment and introducing measures to mitigate them.



Ergonomic Hazards

These types of risks originate from the nature of an employee's job and can include body posture, awkward movements, poor lighting, and incorrectly adjusted workstations. Ergonomic hazards are the most difficult to identify because they sometimes appear to be the "norm."



Safety Hazards

These are dangerous working environments that can cause illness, injury, and death. These types of hazards are the most common workplace risks and include:

  • Unguarded machinery
  • Confined spaces
  • Loose or exposed electrical wiring
  • Spills and much more


Biological Hazards

Workplace biological hazards can occur from diseases and sicknesses as a result of working with people, animals, or toxic plants. Workplaces with these sort of risks include - but not limited to - laboratories, hospitals, emergency response work, and nursing homes. These hazards can be transferred from exposure to bodily fluids, bacteria, viruses, insect bites and so much more.

There are also other hazards worth mentioning like physical hazards (temperature, noise, etc) and chemical hazards (gases, fumes, etc.) No matter the type of work carried out, as an employer it is your legal responsibility to ensure that your employees receive the necessary training that will help them perform their duties safely. Also, if you are an employee, you owe it to yourself to pinpoint areas of your job that you do not have the proper training for. Naturally, all new workers should receive health and safety induction training at the start of their employment. This training should cover primary health and safety methods like the procedure for a fire, evacuation, first aid, and any corporate policies.

Employers should know the skills necessary for workers to carry out their jobs safely; this will help in the identification of vital knowledge gaps. You can begin an in-house risk assessment system by using an accident book to classify the departments and teams according to recent and previous workplace accidents, as it is highly likely that these are the areas needing the most urgent attention as accidents have taken place recently.




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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