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Workplace Health and Safety - The Importance of Training


Every year, there are thousands of injuries in the workplace. While some workplace injuries may not be preventable, with a little bit of safety training, the likelihood of workers being hurt greatly decreases. Completing the NEBOSH General Certificate training course for instance doesn't just keep employees safer, it also makes them more aware of the accidents that could happen, keeping them more vigilant. Unfortunately, so many people underestimate the number of accidents that can take place at work, thus overlooking these very important training sessions.

Risks from Chemicals and Hazardous Substances

One of the growing dangers in the workplace is that as companies begin to rely on chemicals in everyday life, there's an increased likelihood that these chemical will injure the workers. And these dangers can come in numerous forms, from inhaling fumes or gas to being burned by liquids or vapors. Sometimes these chemicals can even lead to other hazards like fires. Tens of thousands of fires are put out every year in businesses, causing property damage, injuries, and loss of life.

Thankfully, there are several things that can be done to prevent chemical and fire injuries where it is not reasonably practical to eliminate the hazard altogether. Proper safety gear and protective equipment should be worn at all times when working with chemicals, including eye protectors and gloves. Workplaces should give in depth fire safety talks, showing where the fire extinguishers are and explaining the different escape routes. To make sure these lessons have truly been learned, drills should be done now and then to keep employees alert.

Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)

Unfortunately, not all workplace health and safety issues can be dealt with as easily as chemical and fire safety. In factories, it's very common for workers to suffer from repetitive strain injuries. This is caused by the same motion being done over and over again. In this case, to ensure workplace health and safety, employees should be allowed to take several breaks, stretching and flexing their bodies every time. Manual handling training can instruct individuals on the correct ways to lift and move heavy and/or awkward loads, which will reduce the number of manual handling injuries in the workplace.

Construction Site Dangers

One of the most common places to see workplace injuries is on construction sites. There are many dangers in these areas, from electrical to falling objects and tripping. In workplaces like a construction site, there is no such thing as too much health and safety training. In fact, most researchers suggest going over safety guidelines every morning with the construction crew so that they stay fresh in the workers' minds. Making sure these workers have been suitably trained and are aware of the dangers of the workplace will decrease workplace injuries.

Importance of Providing Health and Safety Training

Providing the proper health and safety training is beneficial for everyone. Not only does it keep those employed workers safe and available to work, it also benefits their employers. Generally. the fewer accidents that happen in a workplace, the lower their insurance costs. Plus, if the workers aren't having to leave to recover and heal, they save money on training and replacing these valuable employees. However, just as important, health and safety training increases the chances of a positive and effective workplace environment.

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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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