Health and Safety Induction Courses
Those new to a place of work will require an induction course. From a health and safety perspective, this will make them aware of numerous topics such as the main risks and hazards that are present, the location of emergency exits and assembly points, toilet facilities, first aid points etc.
Statistics show that employees who are new to the workplace are most likely to suffer an accident or illness, due either to their inexperience or because they are unfamiliar with the workplace operations and procedures. By providing a health and safety induction along with other appropriate health and safety courses relevant to their job the chances of an accident or incident involving this new starter are reduced. If an incident does occur, knowing where the emergency exits and first aid points are may be the difference between life and death, either for themselves or a colleague.
The type of health and safety induction course will vary depending on the individual. An induction is needed whenever the person is exposed to new or increased risks. Whilst for some new starters this will involve a complete tour and familiarisation with the workplace and its associated dangers and risks, the inductee may be a person who has been promoted or moved internally within the company and are already familiar with the site. The induction will then concentrate on the new risks that they face in their new role that they may not have encountered in their previous position. Conversely, a new starter who is not only new to the company but also to the industry itself will need a much more in-depth introduction to the risks that are present in a workplace operating in such an industry, than someone who has worked in the industry for 20 years and is joining a competitor. For example, an apprentice coming fresh out of college and working on a construction site for the very first time will need a more in-depth induction of construction site hazards than someone who has already been working in the construction industry for decades.
Along with the induction, the new worker may require additional health and safety training courses to learn more about dangers that are unfamiliar to them, or procedures that they have not been required to follow before such as a permit to work system. In a high-risk workplace environment, understanding and being able to correctly follow a permit to work procedure is vital. In this instance attending a permit to work training course is a necessity to help avoid a major disaster.
Need an Accredited Course?
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.
Please click on a course title to find out more about what each one entails: