The problem with health and safety, and where many of the ‘myths’ end up coming from, is that many people don’t actually know what they need to do to cover the legal aspects required of them when it comes to health and safety.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are the authority in the UK and their website offers a range of tools to employers and companies to ensure they understand their health and safety duties. One of these tools is the Health and Safety Toolbox which can be seen here.
The health and safety toolbox is designed to highlight the ways in which you can best control risks in the workplace – a subject covered in detail in a variety of health and safety training courses.
The HSE encourage health and safety training, in the right circumstances in order to increase the confidence and competence of those working with substances or in places which may be considered hazardous. Generally a health and safety training course will comprise of a number of different elements including a theoretical and practical section and also a comprehensive review of how to complete a risk assessment.
Having a base knowledge of the theory of health and safety legislation is imperative if safety is going to be implemented successfully. Similarly, having the ability to implement this theory practically while onsite is essential to ensure safety. The risk assessment section is included in most health and safety training courses and is one of the first things a health and safety consultant would ask to see when assessing your business. Health and safety legislation requires that risks are identified and reduced as best as possible. Having a strict risk assessment procedure in place before any work takes place reduces potential hazards to staff members.
Britannia Safety and Training have a variety of health and safety training courses available from their Norfolk base. Visit the courses page or call 0800 0149016.