Health & Safety Training

Over 200 people are killed each year in accidents at work and over one million people are injured. Ensuring employees are competent to do their job will help to reduce the risk of accidents. Providing health and safety information and training will help an employer to:

Who needs health and safety training?
Whether you are an employer or self-employed, it's imperative that you're up to date with how to identify the hazards and control the risks from your work. Help with training can be obtained from your trade association, your local Chamber of Commerce, or your health and safety enforcing authority. Consultation with your employees, or their representatives, on health and safety issues, is equally beneficial to a safe working environment.

Whereas when we think of training we automatically consider the training needs of our shop floor employees we tend to forget that our Managers and Supervisory staff are as much in need of training as anyone else. They will need to know what you expect from them in terms of health and safety, and how you expect them to deliver a safe environment for all to work in. They need to understand your health and safety policy, where they fit in, and how you want health and safety managed. They may also need training in the specific hazards of your processes and how you expect the risks to be controlled.
Everyone who works for you, including self-employed people, needs to know how to work safely and without risks to health. They will need to know about your health and safety policy, your arrangements for implementing it, and the part they play. They also need to know how they can raise any health and safety concerns with you, therefore you should:

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 identify certain times when Health and safety training must be given:

Risk assessment should be an ongoing practice which will identify any further specific training needs.

Specific risks
In addition to general Health and Safety training there are also other specific regulations where training is required. One risk in particular that requires training is Manual Handling. Lifting and moving by hand is the main cause of reportable accidents in the 'freight by road' industry. There were 279 major and 3,653 over-3-day injuries reported in 2005/06 workyear. Bad backs were the most common injury. Training will help to decide what measure may be needed to reduce the risk.

Measures to reduce risks
Remember, it is your employees that will be carrying out those tasks that are affected by health and safety, so consider:

Further Reading
This is but a brief guide, but should assist in giving guidance as to what can be done. For further information, please use the links below.

Manual Handling Techniques & Training - HSEPDF logo
Health & Safety Training - HSEPDF logo
Manual Handling in the Haulage Industry - HSE

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