Most employers throughout the UK understand, more than ever, how important the Health and Safety of their workforce is, with this in mind our focus this month is on health and safety training and why it is important. 
In the first instance, it is a legal requirement that employees are competent to undertake required tasks in a safe way. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (HSWA) 1974 states that employers need to provide whatever information, instruction, training and supervision is necessary to ensure, "so far as is reasonably practicable", the safety of their employees and others affected by their activities. 
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) 1999, outlines where safety training is most important, e.g. when people start work, on exposure to new or increased risks and update skills and knowledge where needed. The MHSWR require employees to consider 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. 
The Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 and the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 require you to consult with employees on safety issues and this includes health and safety training. 
Training employees on health and safety can help reduce workplace accidents and injuries, saving companies the costs of employee absence and potential costly legal battles. 
But a great benefit of training your staff is that Companies will experience increased productivity and satisfaction among workers. For example, employees working in a safe environment can focus on their tasks rather than their safety. This increased focus can lead to enhanced productivity and ultimately an increase in profits. 
Employees who work in safe environment also tend to be more satisfied and loyal to their employer, with companies able to retain highly skilled workers. Again, this will boost productivity and profits. 
Employers may want to provide health and safety training themselves, but unless you have a competent person to deliver it, you will need help from a Health and Safety professional. The law requires you to have access to a suitable competent health and safety advice, this includes advice on your health and safety training requirements. If you require any further information on our Health and Safety training please click here alternatively click on tags below for further reading.  
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