How to Reduce the Chances of Human Error Risking Health and Safety
No humans are infallible, with everybody having the potential to make mistakes. These human errors can cause either minor or major accidents and incidents which pose a danger to either the person themselves and/or everybody around them. Although the chances of a mistake happening can never to totally reduced to zero, there are many steps which can be taken that can greatly reduce the potential for mistakes to be made and the subsequent negative consequences that follow.
First off, providing health and safety training to employees will vastly increase their knowledge and awareness of the risks that are present whilst they perform their job, enabling them to avoid these. Training on how to perform specific actions or operate particular pieces of machinery or equipment will also significantly reduce the chances of them making an error whilst using it.
Secondly, risk assessments can be performed which should identify the potential for errors to occur. Once these have been determined, steps can be taken and new measures introduced with the intention of reducing the chances of these errors happening.
Companies need to look at factors such as the design of the workplace, the equipment used, the working environment such as the amount of noise or lighting levels, and company policies such as the number of hours worked by employees. If possible, complicated procedures should be simplified to reduce the potential for a mistake to be make somewhere in the sequence, as well as providing adequate supervision for new or inexperienced workers who are doing a task which has the potential to cause extensive damage or harm if something goes wrong.
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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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