Apple Group Training Matters

Accidents and ill health associated with work lead not just to needless pain and suffering but to huge costs and loss of business continuity.

144 people were fatally injured in work-related accidents the UK in 2017/18, over 555,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey, 71,062 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR and 30.7 million working days where lost due to work-related illness including workplace injuries. (source HSE)

Ensuring a safe and healthy working environment has to be a key priority for employees, sub-contractors in fact anyone at work.  This requires real competence, not just commitment and good intentions.

If you are a director, owner or manager of any business type, you will appreciate that you personally need to be competent to lead the management of the business safely under the Health and Safety at Work ACT.

This information sourced from the HSE will help you to also understand the importance of being systematic in ensuring that your employees and your contractors’ staff are competent when it comes to health and safety in the workplace.

The way that you approach health and safety training will speak volumes about your business, your values and your professionalism towards others employed or not employed.

So what are the benefits of investing in your workforce?

  • Training will help your employees to identify the hazards, the risk and what controls required to adopt a safe and healthy working practice
  • Help to avoid the pain, anguish and financial costs that accidents and ill health cause, not just to the injured parties but others
  • Provide a positive culture of health and safety, in which unsafe and unhealthy working are not tolerated at work
  • Enable your employees and others to spot ways to improve health and safety management within the workforce
  • Enable the employer to meet the legal requirements to protect the health and safety of your employees and others whom you may not employ

Competence is more than having to attended a tool box talk or a safety training course, experience is key too.

You also need to establish safe practical procedures within the working environment to ensure that your company-organisation has the right people with the right training, knowledge and workplace skills to manage occupational risks.

Businesses have a legal duty under health and safety law as part of the health and safety at work act to provide information, training, instruction, supervision and a safe place of work to all employees which will help to enable them to carry out their work safely.

The problem is that some companies complain, this costs money and time (both of which are likely to be in short supply) yet if those with the responsibility provide a safe working environment, training and the tools to do the job, the benefits are that in the long term they will save money, increase profits as well as a much happier workforce.

The Law

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 (source HSE)

This is also amplified by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) 1999, which also identifies 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.

The starting point is risk assessment to identify hazards and the measures needed to control risks to health and safety.

While suitable physical safeguards and procedures will usually be necessary, training and the provision of information are also part of the mix so that people understand dangers and know their part in tackling them.

You may want to provide some health and safety training, including induction training, periodic tool-box talks and briefings, yourself, but unless you are competent to deliver it in-house, you will need outside help, for more information on this type of training contact Apple Group Training quote Train the Trainer.

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.

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, for example: new recruits need basic induction training into how to work safely, including arrangements for first aid, fire and evacuation.

People changing jobs or taking on extra responsibilities need to know about any new health and safety implications.

Young employees are particularly vulnerable to accidents and you need to pay particular attention to their needs, so their training should be a priority.

It is also important that new, inexperienced or young employees are adequately supervised. Skills need updating periodically by refresher training.

There are a number of  other sets of regulations under the Health and Safety at Work ACT which include general or specific health and safety training requirements.

For more information on Training contact Apple Group on 0113 2573222