TRAINING WITH SAFETY TRAIN
You may want to provide health and safety training, including induction training, periodic tool-box talks and briefings. Unless you are competent to deliver it in-house, you will need outside help. The law requires you to have access to a suitable source of competent advice to help you manage health and safety and this includes providing you with advice on your health and safety training requirements and options for meeting them.
This is where SafetY TraiN is here to help
This is where SafetY TraiN is here to help
Why does safety training matter?
In 2012/13, 148 people died as a result of accidents related to their work. There were 650,000 reported injuries at work and over a million people suffered from an illness connected to their jobs. The result was 27 million working days lost.
However, accidents and ill health associated with work lead not only to needless pain and suffering but to huge costs and loss of business continuity.
Ensuring health and safety in the work environment needs to be a key priority for everyone at work and this requires real competence, not just commitment and good intentions. If you are a director, owner or manager of a business, you will appreciate that you need to be competent to manage the business safely. This competence is equally important for employees and contract staff as it is for managerial staff.
The way you approach health and safety training speaks volumes about your business, your values and your professionalism.
REMEMBER: "If you own or manage a business, you have a legal responsibility to provide your employees with suitable and sufficient training to ensure that they undertake the job safely in whatever profession they work."
"Competence is more than having attended a safety training course. Experience is a very important factor too."
Why you should train your staff.
Competence is more than having attended a safety training course. Experience is a very important factor too. You need to establish procedures to ensure that your organisation has the right people with the knowledge and skills to manage workplace risks. Trusting to luck is just too risky.
All businesses have a legal duty to provide information, training and supervision to employees to enable them to carry out their work safely, not just to front-line staff but also managerial level staff and above. Of course, this costs time and money (both of which are likely to be in short supply). But remember, there are major business benefits to be gained from safety training. By cutting accidents and ill health, safety training can make a major contribution to the success of your business.
Health and Safety Law - How it affects you.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (HSWA) 1974 (Section 2) requires every employer to provide whatever information, instruction, training and supervision is necessary to ensure, "so far as is reasonably practicable", the health and safety at work of their employees and others affected by their activities.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) 1999, also identifies situations where health and safety training is particularly important, e.g. when people start work, on exposure to new or increased risks, where existing skills may have become rusty or need updating or may where workers may have fallen into bad practises.
The Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 and the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 require you to consult your employees, or their representatives, on health and safety issues and this includes matters such as health and safety training. Training must to be paid for by the employer and organised in working time.
The Health and Safety (Training for Employment) Regulations 1990 ensure that learners doing work experience are covered by health and safety law.
The starting point is a risk assessment to identify hazards and the measures needed to control risks. While suitable physical safeguards and procedures will usually be necessary, training and the provision of information are also needed so that people understand dangers and know their part in tackling them.
The MHSWR require you to take into account the capabilities, training, knowledge and experience of workers and ensure that the demands of their work do not exceed their ability to carry out their role without risk to themselves and others. Some employees may have particular training needs:
There are a number of sets of regulations under the HSWA which include general or specific health and safety training requirements. Many of these can be accessed via the HSE website which should be your first port of call if you are unsure of anything to do with health and safety legislation.
What happens if something goes wrong?
If an inspector calls, or if they are investigating following an accident, they will want to know that senior management are up to date with the law.
They will want evidence that the key hazards in the business have been identified, that risks have been properly assessed and necessary measures to ensure safe and healthy working are in place.
They will want to know what training has been given and if all employees understand the organisation's health and safety policy, their roles and responsibilities and what to do in an emergency.
They will also be looking at records to check that induction training and any health and safety skills training needed to deal with specific hazards has been provided and that this has been kept up to date.
Should an employee seek damages for an injury sustained at work, alleging that it was due to your negligence, you will need to be able to produce training records as part of your audit trail showing that you were taking reasonably practicable measures to protect them.
Failure to undertake training can lead to enforcement notices and can be a key factor in any prosecution under health and safety law.