Why Health and Safety Training is important?
What is Health and Safety Training?
Health and Safety Training is not just one thing. You will all be aware of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, this is where all modern Health and Safety Law comes from. Coming from this are many pieces of legislation and regulations, and it is from these, that training in those areas is required. For example, First Aid, Fire Safety, Manual Handling and Health and Safety to name a few.
Training for each of these itself comes in different forms, e.g. Accredited, non-accredited, bespoke, theory-based or practical. Here at Your Training Health & Safety, we are able to offer all of these options to you.
Your Training Health & Safety is an Approved Centre in delivering IOSH Managing Safely and IOSH Working Safely, both of which are nationally recognised qualifications. We are also a Qualsafe Awards Centre too delivering their accredited courses.
Take advantage of our FREE training review where we can discuss your requirements and the best way to achieve your desired outcomes. By removing that stress of trying to organise training in-house, Your Training Health & Safety will ensure you are compliant and that your employees receive the necessary training.
What should be included in Health and Safety Training?
Health and Safety Training needs to be relevant to the industry in which it is being taught and who the audience is, so this really is your starting point to establish what should be included within each course. The next important factor of what should be included is where possible, always include valuable information and examples relevant to your type of work and industry e.g. Statistical information, real life scenarios, previous reports and findings.
Our trainer Pete has gained valuable experience from working with multiple different industries. By bringing this knowledge to the classroom, not only will your employees find this training more memorable, but it will also have more meaning, as it is more appropriate.
How often does Health and Safety Training need to be done?
This again is a very good question and as you would expect, there is not a simple answer. Course dependant, the validity of one training course may last for three years, whilst for others it maybe a year. In the case of the courses that do have a longer expiry period, it is recommended that refresher training is carried out annually, and/or toolbox talks are used to remind you of all the key points.
What is the purpose of Health and Safety Training?
There is not only just one purpose for health and safety training. Training your employees in Health and Safety matters has many benefits. For example, training employees in Manual Handling can help in reducing the chances of manual handling injuries, as employees are more aware of the risks involved and what injuries they may sustain, meaning a reduction in the loss of working days. Fire Marshal training prepares employees what to do in the event of a fire, their responsibilities, but also it is a legal requirement to have suitably trained employees. In the same way, it is a legal requirement to have regards to First Aid in your workplace. Factors including what type of industry you are in and how many employees you have will determine what level of first aid cover you require. Having First Aiders in your workplace will ensure that if anyone (employees or public) become injured or ill, you will have employees who know what to do to help.
What are the benefits of Health and Safety Training?
Training in Health and Safety has many benefits. As an employer, it is your legal obligation to ensure that your employees receive suitable and sufficient instruction, information, and training in all areas of their role. With your employees knowing what they should be doing and how to do it safely, you should see a reduction in your amount of lost work days due to injury. You will not have potential business ending legal costs from claims being made, and employees seeing that you are investing in them and their safety, should make for a happier, more productive workforce.
Health and Safety training can give your employees new skills to help them with their role, to help them progress through your company and also give them skills that they may be able to use in their personal lives.
How long is Health and Safety Training valid for?
This again is a very good question and as you would expect, there is not a simple answer. Course dependant, the validity of the training may last for three years whilst for others it maybe a year. In the case of the courses that do have a longer time periods, it is recommended that refresher training is carried out annually and/or toolbox talks are used to remind you of all the key points.