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Employee Health and Safety Training

The training of employees is a general requirement under health and safety legislation. Training needs of employees must be assessed individually and further guidance should be found within the risk assessment which has been carried out. Training can be provided at various stages of employment: at induction, the introduction of new work procedures/equipment and refresher training from time-to-time. If the company employs 5 or more people its policy on training should be written down within its health and safety policy.

Under Regulation 7 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 the employer must appoint one or more competent persons to assist him in complying with health and safety legislation. Persons appointed under this Regulation must be competent in that they have sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities to enable them to be fulfil the role properly. This need not be a consultant, although that is one route to compliance, and can be the employer himself if he has the time and the competence available.

Various training options are available and a summarised selection follows:

Level 2 Health and Safety

This course which is normally held on a single day is a good introduction to health and safety and is suitable as part of an induction regime to give employees a brief overview of their health & safety responsibilities in the workplace. The course is run at a number of locations in the area. Other providers of the course can be found on the CIEH website.

Risk Assessment

Risk assessments are vital to protect your workers and your business. A risk assessment helps those responsible for preparing risk assessments with the skills needed to focus on the risks that matter, and to comply with the law.

NEBOSH General Certificate

This qualification is suitable for managers, supervisors and staff from all types of organisations who need a broad understanding of health and safety issues. The certificate helps them manage risks effectively. Courses are available at over 300 centres in the UK. No previous health and safety knowledge is required but students must be able to write short reports. Programmes of study may be part-time (day and/or evening), full-time block release or open/distance learning.  The duration of study is normally 80-100 hours plus private study and background reading. More information can be found at the NEBOSH website.

You can also find additional information on the IOSH website.

Updated: 11 Dec 2018
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