How a Booming Economy Can Be Bad for Health and Safety
Even though it is a legal requirement, the costs involved with health and safety training can often be quite prohibitive for companies and individuals alike, especially for a NEBOSH General Certificate or NEBOSH Diploma for example usually costing a four figure sum to take. So it would be understandable to think that in a booming economy health and safety provision would increase and accidents would be reduced, and subsequently when times are hard that health and safety may fall by the wayside.
In fact, the opposite is usually true. When the economy is booming and times are good, business will usually have more money available to spend on safety training but will be so busy fulfilling orders or providing purchased services that they will not be able to let employees be away from the workplace in order to attend the training sessions. Not only will there be a lack of time available to have workers absent, but management may also be putting workers under pressure to fulfil customer orders and meet output targets, which can cause them to rush activities or even circumvent health and safety control measures. Rushing or by-passing controls will greatly increase the chances of workers suffering an accident or injury in the workplace, and it is important that management do not allow health and safety procedures to slip during busy periods or, even worse, actively encourage it for the sake of fulfilling customer demand.
Of course commercial businesses will want to capitalise on strong demand, but health and safety cannot be seen as a luxury commodity for when times are good or something to do in spare time when there are quiet phases. It needs to be integrated into the working time of employees whether the company is experiencing a busy period or not, and should to be maintained and adhered to at all times.
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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.
Please click on a course title to find out more about what each one entails: