Simple Tips for Occupational Health and Safety Success
For any business to be capable of managing itself in the right manner, it needs to be able to hit certain goals and objectives along the way. This includes safety, and falls under what is known as occupational health and safety. It's an absolute must for any business that wishes to move forward in the right manner.
Many workplaces are under par in terms of their safety procedures, and this is something that has to definitively change for a business to be recognised amongst its peers and customers.
A good occupational health and safety team will be able to:
1) Provide a comprehensive process that ticks all of the boxes for that specific industry. A business that makes wooden furniture, for example, will follow a different health and safety procedure and enact different safeguards to those who make chemicals and pesticides. There has to be a unique structure in place for each and every business.
2) Likewise, there has to be a level of accountability throughout the business. It's not just something for the management team to worry about; it's something that even the newest members of staff need to think about and consider seriously. If needed, there has to be some kind of program involved to make sure people are not going to shirk their responsibilities or potentially jeopardise the health and safety of colleagues and customers.
3) Reach and maintain a level of performance, and a measurement that comes with a basis for incremental and continued improvement throughout the organisation over a previously agreed period of time. This is vital for long-term growth and development, and will play a key role in a business becoming more aware and more capable of preventing and dealing with major issues.
4) Negotiate and implement a strong financial process to ensure that resources are available for health and safety including training and protective equipment. Safety for everyone should come before anything else, even new marketing campaigns that could prove to be very profitable.
The Importance of Continuous Health and Safety Training
To get to this stage, a business needs to go through some form of consistently updated and improved occupational health and safety programme with their staff. It needs to start on day one, and only finish on the day that they leave; it's never too late to start training and changing mindsets.
Make sure that you cover all of the basics at all times - you never know what someone might forget in the most important moment. There is far more to health and safety than just maintaining your reputation and your license - it's about protecting people. Put these practices in place within your business, and health and safety becomes second nature.
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: