Health and Safety Training Courses
Why do I need health and safety training courses?
One of the main reasons for putting employees on health and safety training courses is to give them the knowledge needed to work safely and reduce the occurence of workplace accidents which cause injury to themselves or fellow workers.
Whilst the risk of accidents can never be totally eliminated, by undertaking health and safety training and appropriate risk management, employees will learn what to do and what not to do in order to create a safe working environment.
What sort of things do health and safety training courses cover?
There are numerous health and safety training courses available, which either specialise in a particular subject such as COSHH or sharps training, or provide a general health and safety overview (e.g. the NEBOSH General Certificate). Whilst general health and safety training courses will cover more areas, they may not go into the level of detail on a particular subject required by a delegate, and some parts of the training course may be irrelevant for the individual's particular job role.
What types of health and safety training courses are available?
As well as the subject matter, there are different types of health and safety training courses. A course will usually fall into one of three categories: classroom-based, distance learning (where candidates study at home/work and have access to the course tutor by telephone or e-mail) and e-Learning which is done entirely via a computer.
For the majority of health and safety training courses, particularly those courses which are quite lengthy in duration, the classroom-based learning is the type which usually gains the best results, as the others require a large amount of self-discipline to get through the course content. The absence of the course tutor means delegates can far too easily get off-track and misunderstand information, and the inability to ask questions in order to clarify certain points can lead to confusion and misinterpretation. For more information, see the March 2012 blog entry looking at which type of training is more suitable for health and safety training courses by clicking here.
Health and safety training courses can also be run as block courses straight through, or as a day release where a delegate attends one or two days a week. Whilst a day release training course may be more suitable in that an employee doesn't need to be away from the workplace all day every day, there is a real disadvantage in this type of course as delegates can easily forget a lot of the information taught in the last session. This is a particular problem when it comes to exam time, and in our many years' of experience in running health and safety training courses, we have found that pass rates are often lower on day release courses. For this reason, we no longer offer day release, and run all of our health and safety training courses as block courses. Some of the longer courses such as the NEBOSH Construction Certificate will have a week's gap in between the modules. Whilst one day a week might be too spread out, doing a 2 or 3 week course straight through can often be too intense! Having this week gap gives delegates a chance to review the information taught, as well as allowing them time to recover, ready to come back and absorb as much information as possible in the next week's training.
Health and safety training courses at ATC Risk Management
At ATC Risk Management, we run open health and safety training courses which are scheduled on set dates and can be booked onto by anyone. As well as these, our experienced health and safety consultants also provide bespoke health and safety courses which are tailored to your specific needs and requirements. These are usually run at your premises for a group of your employees. Because the course content is tailored specifically for their work activities and the specific risks they may encounter, it makes the course much more relevant than an open course which has delegates from different industries and different risks. We charge a daily training fee which is not dependent on the number of delegates, so the more people you put on the course the more cost-effective it becomes per person.
To discuss your health and safety requirements further and to find out how we can assist you and your organisation, please call us on 0115 984 9940 or contact us online.
In-house Accredited Health and Safety Courses
Along with designing bespoke health and safety training programmes, we also run the accredited NEBOSH, IOSH and ConstructionSkills (CSkills) health and safety courses 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 tabs at the top or bottom of the page to view the courses and qualifications for the various awarding bodies.
The courses on the right form the basis for our in-house training programmes. These courses 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: