The Importance of Health and Safety Training Courses for Employers and Their Staff
The workplace is made up of several different components at any given time. You have the managers, the workers, contractors or suppliers, visitors, machinery, equipment, furnishings, systems, and the facility itself where all of the work takes place. Bringing together this number of factors presents the possibility of an accident or an injury occurring — and regardless of whether you’re a top executive or one of the newest recruits, you need to have the proper knowledge and skills to prevent or manage such risks to your health and safety. How can you make this possible? By undergoing the correct health and safety training courses.
IOSH courses such as the Managing Safely or Working Safely courses are great for employees in operative, managerial or supervisory roles. They will ‘tick the box’ when you are looking for a course to satisfy a particular role or requirement.
If you are looking to for something a bit more in-depth, perhaps the NEBOSH courses are more appropriate. The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, or it’s international version of the course, the International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety will assist in getting that extra layer of knowledge and capability.
If you are looking for something specific to the oil and gas industry, we’ve got you covered as well. Take a look at the NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety. If you don’t have experience in the oil and gas sector or with health and safety in general, we recommend you complete the appropriate General Certificate course first. It is proven that those that already have an NGC or IGC course under their belt do much better with the oil and gas course.
Why should staff members undergo health and safety training?
As an employee, you have the right to come in to work in an environment where the risks to your health and safety are properly controlled — this helps you become confident that you can perform your tasks uninterrupted, without having to be constantly concerned for your physical or psychological well-being and your ability to work. But it’s also essential to keep in mind your responsibility for your own health and safety, and how your actions may have an impact on your co-workers. Employees must be able to coordinate their health and safety efforts with their employers and colleagues to maintain a safe and productive work environment for everyone.
What are employers’ responsibilities regarding health and safety in the workplace?
Employers are legally bound to have measures in place that would protect the safety, health and welfare of all employees as well as anyone who could be affected by the business. This includes contractors and even self-employed individuals who work with the company. To accomplish this, employers must address these specific responsibilities:
- Write a health and safety policy — With the help of a competent health and safety expert, an employer (who has five or more employees) must have a health and safety policy — a written document which clearly states who does what, when, and how. And of course, to be effective, employers and their staff must follow and regularly review this policy.
- Perform a risk assessment — Employers need to identify the things in the business that could potentially cause harm to people — point out the hazardous items or instances. Having determined this, the employer can then decide whether enough is being done to prevent the identified harm, and then create a plan for controlling those risks and devising the appropriate measures.
- Consult employees — Staff members may have knowledge of or previous experiences with health and safety hazards that employers can miss, so it’s essential to regularly get their insights on the matter. Involving employees in making decisions about health and safety practices shows the employer’s commitment to this serious subject.
- Provide the appropriate workplace facilities — For a comfortable, healthy and safe environment, employers must provide welfare facilities, clean and well-maintained spaces, and organised and obstruction-free premises. Arrangements for providing first aid and emergency services must also be prepared.
- Display the British health and safety law poster — Everyone in the company must be able to easily access this poster or have their own equivalent pocket card — and the employer must always keep this information updated.
- Get insurance for the business — Responsible employers should know that they will need employers’ liability insurance to safeguard employees who may become injured or ill as a result of the work they do.
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