Health and Safety Training to Prevent Accidents and Stay Safe at Work
Health and safety is important for all of us at all times, but these issues assume great importance in the workplace. It is absolutely crucial for any organisation to place top priority on the health and safety of its employees as it is directly linked with their productivity and efficiency. Ensuring proper health and safety of the workforce helps in preventing accidents in the workplace. It also helps a company to attain its goals in a quicker and a smoother manner.
Chances of accidents in the workplace can be greatly minimised
Accidents are not uncommon in the workplace, especially where heavy machinery and inflammable materials are used. Accidents may take place because of mechanical failure or power problems but quite often are caused by mistakes or carelessness on the part of the workforce. It is this carelessness or ignorance of the employees that can result in severe accidents involving loss of life, serious injury, illness or damage to property. This is why it is essential to not only follow government rules and regulations regarding health and safety in the workplace but also to impart proper training to employees so as to greatly reduce the chances of an accident at the workplace.
Proper training at the time of induction
All companies must provide health and safety training to their employees at the time of their induction. All new employees must be given information about the safety procedures and standards being followed by the company, as well as being made aware of necessary information such as fire exits and assembly areas.
A key element of safety in the workplace involves first aid. All companies, big or small, should have a first aid system in place to prevent any injury to an employee becoming worse and leading to a bigger problem for the person involved. In some situations the presence of suitable trained first aiders may be the difference between life and death.
Fire has been seen as a very common cause of accidents in the workplace. All workplaces where there is potential risk of fire because of flammable materials being used should have fire detection (smoke and heat detectors) and warning systems in place. All workplaces should be equipped with fire extinguishers and workers should be given training in how to make use of these fire extinguishers should the need for their use in an emergency arise. There should be emergency exit doors to allow employees to escape quickly and easily in the eventuality of fire breaking out inside the premises.
Accidents arising out of mechanical failure are also a source of concern but more accidents take place because of the mistakes of employees working on the machines. Proper health and safety training of employees to keep themselves and others safe in the workplace is a must in addition to putting in place all control measures.
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: