Health and Safety Dangers Not Just Caused by Employees
When considering the potential dangers which may face employees, i.e. when performing a risk assessment, many managers will focus on the processes and activities of the company and how they may cause injury or illness to a person. After all, these are the actions which they will be performing day-in, day-out as they go about their workplace duties, and so it is important that they are safe whilst undertaking them. This is achieved through health and safety training to ensure that they have a suitable level of knowledge to operate the machinery and/or carry out their task safely without endangering themselves or others, along with introducing safety procedures and guards which are well-maintained.
The Need to Consider Unlikely But Possible Health and Safety Dangers
Whilst it is imperative to pay a lot of attention to these tasks as they are probably the most likely to cause an injury or illness to a person as these are the ones which they will be performing every day, it is also crucial that health and safety managers do not focus solely on "the normal" and contemplate potential dangers from unlikely but potential events such as a fire or massive power failure for example. Although every single possible eventuality cannot conceivably be considered and prepared for, managers should try and plan for as many as possible, making sure that not only do they have all reasonably practical measures in place to maintain the health and wellbeing of their employees and anyone else who may be affected by the incident and the influence it can have on an element of the company's operations or situation (e.g. damage to dangerous equipment, interactions of hazardous substances which are normally well segregated), but also that suitable emergency and contingency plans have been made in anticipation of an incident. This will help in limiting the damage done to the health and safety of people, of property, and of the surrounding environment.
It is Not Just Employees Who Can Affect Health and Safety
As alluded to in the paragraphs above, health and safety focus should not be trained solely on the normal operations of the company. Nor should it only be considered with regards to what those working on the premises all the time are involved with. Good health and safety planning should also take into account the activities of other people aside from employees who may have an effect and influence regarding the safety (or lack of) everyone around. The most notable examples of these types of people are site visitors and other members of the public who should not be there, i.e. trespassers.
Everybody who enters the site can negatively influence the safety of others through their actions or presence. Some examples include:
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Along with designing bespoke health and safety training programmes, we also run the accredited NEBOSH, IOSH and ConstructionSkills (CSkills) health and safety courses as open courses at selected venues across the UK, as well as in-house for those companies who have a number of employees requiring the training, as it will be much more cost effective than sending them all onto a scheduled open course.
For more information please call 0115 984 9940 to discuss the options or send us an online contact form. Alternatively, use the "Courses" menu at the top of the page to view the courses and qualifications for the various awarding bodies.
These courses form the basis for our in-house training programmes. They can either be run as they are if the outline is exactly what you want, or can be be modified to suit the individual requirements of your organisation. Two or more can also be combined to tailor a bespoke training session for you.
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