How Do Health and Safety Courses Prevent Accidents?
One of the main objectives of putting your employees through a programme of health and safety training is to not only comply with relevant legislation, but to also give them the knowledge of how to work safely, including teaching them why it is important to do/not do certain things, use appropriate protective equipment etc. They can then apply this knowledge when back in the workplace in order to reduce the chances of accidents and incidents from occurring.
No amount of safety training or provisions can remove all risk entirely. What having your workers attend courses in health and safety will do is give them the know-how to significantly reduce the chances of an accident occurring which causes death or injury to themselves or others. By knowing what to look out for, how to act etc, many incidents can be prevented. As far as health and safety is concerned, as with most things in life, prevention is far more preferable than dealing with the aftermath of the situation, as sometimes it may not be possible to reverse the effects, such as permanent back pain or disability caused by poor manual handling techniques.
Accident prevention also relies on the workers themselves applying common sense and following the instruction they have been given. Even if the employer has provided all of the protective equipment required, if the employee does not use it or deliberately uses it incorrectly, then the protection needed will be lacking and could cause damage to their health. Good health and safety practice is an ongoing thing, which relies on effective monitoring, frequent risk assessments and proper communication long after the health and safety courses have imparted the information. Workers may also benefit tremendously from regular refresher courses to help them remember important safety information which may have been forgotten since their last training session, or new dangers which have been introduced such as COSHH substances which are hazardous to health in the short- and/or long-term.
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: