Escorting Visitors for their Safety
Visitors to a place of work are typically amongst the most vulnerable groups in terms of coming to harm. This is because they will not have a detailed knowledge (and possibly none whatsoever) of the company's health and safety features such as the location of emergency exits and assembly points. Also, whilst businesses should be aware of any special assistance that certain staff members will require in the event of an emergency, they may not be aware of any such requirements needed by visitors if they are not informed.
A typical risk that involves visitors is caused by them moving around the site. When they are not fully aware of the dangers or the rules and procedures which are in place on the premises, they could end up getting into a situation which poses a risk to both their own health and safety and that of other people around them. In this case, visitors may need escorting for the safety of themselves and that of everyone else.
Certain areas of the site may be much more dangerous than others. For example, a visitor may end up walking through an area where a lot of forklift trucks are being driven. Regular employees should be well-trained in where they can and cannot walk, the mandatory wearing of high visibility jackets etc, but a site visitor may be ignorant of these requirements and just wander through blissfully unaware of the dangers. Not only can the person themselves be seriously injured or possibly killed from a collision, the driver or others nearby may also suffer the same fate if the driver has to swerve out of the way and ends up hitting either other people or a solid object such as a wall or metal post.
Why would a visitor be in a dangerous location?
There are a number of reasons for a person getting into a dangerous area of the business, even one in which they are not authorised to be in. They could be lost, they could be trying to find a shortcut from one area to the next, or they may just be plain nosy and want to see what happens in this off-limits area.
Whatever the reason is though, the risks do not change. Consequently it is good practice for a trustworthy and knowledgeable regular employee to escort visitors from one location to the other. Not only will they be able to guide them safely, but they will also keep an eye on them to stop them wandering into a restricted area. Young people on work experience or visiting on an educational trip are highly vulnerable as they will also lack the experience of how dangerous the workplaces of certain industries in general can be.
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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.
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