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Workplace Safety Training


Work takes up a huge chunk of our time and daily life. On average we spend between 40 and 60 hours of our week in the office or within workplace settings. This is an inordinately long amount of time to be in a specific area, which means taking extra caution regarding the safety of the place is crucial.

Few of us think of the hazards that accrue from our use and utilisation of various tools and aspects of the workplace setting. The nature of hazards are different depending on workplaces in which workshops and yards present more hazards and potentially injurious spaces than your typical modern downtown offices.

Even then the size of an office, the materials used to design it, the type of furniture and the spacing, the ventilation and fire escape routes and various other factors constitute potential hazards.

Some of the most common potential dangers include fire risks, trip hazards, falling from heights, electrocution and stored hazardous substances. It is impossible to eliminate all hazards from a particular work environment; some hazards can merely be managed or contained but not fully eradicated.

The training of employees on the occupational risks associated with the office setting and the nature of the risks for the work they do is a simple yet effective method of minimising loses which accrue from the existence of these hazards.

Why is Health and Safety Training So Necessary?

Safety training is crucial for a number of reasons. First it equips the employees to recognize and minimise the hazards they expose themselves to in a workplace setting.

Secondly it reduces the risks of an actual occurrence of injuries which in turn saves the company's resources in terms of time and finances needed for compensation and health treatment.

Thirdly in the event of a disaster the employees are equipped on how to react and contain the extent of damage inflicted by the hazard on themselves, fellow employees and the firm's premises.

Fourthly, some of the best safety training courses in the market come with accreditation and certifications that are recognised by a number of national institutions. NEBOSH qualifications like a NEBOSH Diploma or the NEBOSH General Certificate are accepted by a number of universities as entry criteria for degree courses and post-graduate study for instance.

Fifthly, safety training for employees boosts their resume and profiles and grants them greater opportunity for career advancement, especially when they are keen on pursuing safety related careers. This is why many individuals choose to enrol and pay for health and safety courses themselves if they are out of work or find that their manager will not pay for them to undertake the study, as gaining such a qualification significantly increases their appeal to prospective and current employers.

Finally, the training equips your employees with skills that they can apply in different contexts and situations including at homes, day-to-day activities in the office and on the road to identify and deal with hazards.

Engaging the training of experienced safety training firms and instructors who offer a wide range of training courses on safety issues could be the difference between creating a safe workplace and paying out millions in damages and fines every year for preventable hazards and accidents, not to mention falling foul of your legal responsibilities.

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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