Whether you like it or not, health and safety is here to stay. Those cynical among us may see it as a waste of time but in reality the extra focus that has been put on Health and Safety has saved peoples lives. It may seem like simple common sense, but we often need the obvious pointing out to us and the number of health and safety training been undertaken by employees across a range of different industries has really increased over the past few decades.
As an employer, the Health and Safety at Work act obliges you to keep your workers safe in the workplace, this may involve ensuring that risk assessments are carried out correctly and that the right precautions are taken when there is the possibility of danger or ensuring that all of your staff are trained in health and safety and have attended courses which means that they are able to use any necessary machinery safely.
There are various standards you can put in place to ensure you are covered legally, such as the OHSAS 18001, a nationally recognized standard that provides a baseline for health and safety in the workplace. This standard requires a base level of health and safety training for staff members.
There are a number of benefits to an employer enrolling their staff members on a health and safety course, other than the knowledge that their employees should be safe. Employers with a good health and safety track record are much less likely to be able to be hit by a personal injury claim, their workers are likely to be much happier in their work because they understand that their welfare is been taken care of and ultimately this will lead to less time off sick and higher productivity.
The HSE is the guidance body for health and safety in the UK and they are placing particular focus at the moment on working at height something which you may be faced with in a variety of industries. It has been found that working at height is still the most common cause of workplace fatalities in the UK, despite the improvement in health and safety. A rather astounding figure is that 87% of all injuries following falls are from low falls or less than 2m which clearly shows that if more precautions were taken, this figure could be reduced. A health and safety training such as the IPAF training courses educates workers, foremen and site managers about how to work at height safely a vitally important education to have.