Everyone who works for you needs to know how to work safely and without risks to health. You must provide clear instructions, information and adequate training for your employees.
Providing health and safety information and training helps you to:
- ensure that people who work for you know how to work safely and without risks to health
- develop a positive health and safety culture, where safe and healthy working becomes second nature to everyone
- meet your legal duty to protect the health and safety of your employees
- will contribute towards making your employees competent in health and safety
- can help your business avoid the distress that accidents and ill health cause
- can help you avoid the financial costs of accidents and occupational ill health, such as damaged products, lost production and demotivated staff. Don’t forget that your insurance might not cover all these costs
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 requires you to provide whatever information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of your employees.
This is expanded by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, which identify situations where health and safety training is particularly important, e.g. when people start work, on exposure to new or increased risks and where existing skills may have become rusty or need updating.
Keeping training records will help you to identify when refresher training might be needed.
The information and training you provide should be in a form that is easy to understand. Everyone working for you should know what they are expected to do.
Health and safety training should take place during working hours and it must not be paid for by employees.
We can offer training which can be tailored to your specific activities, and we can fit in with your busy schedules.
We can provide one, or a combination of:
- tool box talks delivered during breaks, which can be on any specific topic e.g. manual handling, working at height
- half day basic Health & Safety course
- IOSH Working Safely course, which is an internationally recognised one day qualification