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SO HOW MUCH HEALTH AND SAFETY TRAINING SHOULD YOU BE DOING?

Good quality, fun, and interactive health and safety training is vital in all business sectors. Health and safety training deserves a place at the top of the table, afterall, it’s designed to educate and inform the most valuable asset in your business, your people. A well trained workforce will be safer, better motivated and ultimately happier and more productive. Well trained people are generally more confident in their work and take fewer risks.

When considering the question of how much health and safety training you should be doing, you need to carefully assess the activities that are being completed by your teams. You should have already completed a risk assessment of those activities and training is just a part of the risk assessment process. Unless the risks have been adequately assessed, how will you know what training is required for people to manage those risks and work safely? A good starting point is a training needs analysis. Look at what people are doing and the work equipment and processes involved as a starting point. If you have people using chainsaws, for example, then there will be the need for specific training courses on the use of the chainsaws and also the need for staff to be trained in first aid. Doyou need manual handling training, work at height training, confined space training etc?

In the HSE Guide to Health and Safety training, (INDG345), it is made very clear that good health and safety training will help you and your staff to work in a safe manner, without risks to health and safety. Safety training will also help you establish a positive attitude in the workplace, whereby people want to work safely and not take unecessary risks, basically, a positive approach to safety becomes the norm and risky behaviours are questioned by fellow workers. Of course, there is also the fact that health and safety training is a legal requirement and a number of health and safety regulations clearly identify specific health and safety training that is required in various workplaces.

If you want a workplace where safety is the norm, then it has to start at the top of the organisation. Directors and Senior Managers need health and safety training to enable them to effectivly lead in the workplace and set the required example. Do your leaders understand health and safety leadership and the behaviours that they should display and encourage at work? Are your leaders required to formally check that safety procedures are being followed at work and that people are displaying the desired behaviours? are there repercussions for those that do not display the correct behaviours and cut corners, take risks and put people in danger?

It is a fair statement that health and safety training is required at all levels in any organisation. Senior Managers, Line Managers and Supervisors, Employees and Contractors all have a part to play in ensuring that workplaces are safe, and without the required training they are unlikely to be effective.

So perhaps now is the time to review your health and safety training requirements. A simple review which results in a prioritised training action plan is a great starting point. Follow the basic steps:

  • Decide what training is required for your staff and contractors. What skills do they need to be able to work effectively and safely?
  • Review risk assessments and previous accidents/incident records – was a lack of training a contributory factor or even the main cause?
  • Decide your priorities and ensure that training that is required by law is prioritised i.e. first aid training.
  • Consult with your staff and their representatives.
  • Implement the training and choose the right method that is informative, fun and memorable.
  • Keep records and ensure that refresher training dates are identified.
  • Check that the training has been effective, monitor workplace activities, involve senior management in health and safety reviews and encourage worker engagement and participation.

These days, online health and safety training is extremely popular. RASCS has a wide range of courses available to you on our website. Courses are accredited, and can be taken at the pace of the delegates to suit their needs and learning style. Courses can be taken on any device with an internet connection and course certificates are automatically generated.

We can, of course, deliver training at your venue in a COVID safe manner if required. Here are just a few of the courses that we are currently offering online WITH a 30% discount. This is great value for money, enabling you to get your staff trained in a varietty of health and safety subjects from just £24.50+VAT per course.

If you would like to discuss your training needs, then please contact us at your convenience. Alternatively, visit the website and follow the seamless booking and payment process to start your safety training now. Our most popular courses include:

Our knowledgable Health and Safety Consultants based in Newcatle upon Tyne are standing by ready to help you.