Why provide health and safety training?
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 requires every employer to provide whatever information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of employees. Providing health and safety information and training helps you to ensure employees know how to work safety, develop a positive health and safety culture and meet your legal duty to protect your employees.
How can I do it?
- Decide what training your organisation needs.
- Decide your training priorities.
- Choose your training methods and resources.
- Deliver the training.
- Check that the training has worked.
Consider how much training is necessary. A proportionate approach is needed, for example a low-risk business would not need lengthy technical training. Providing simple information or instructions is likely to be sufficient.
When you provide training, ask your employees what they think about it to make sure it’s relevant and effective. Keeping training records will help you to identify when refresher training might be needed.
Remember some of your employees may have needs such as new recruits, young employees and expectant mothers.
At Sentry, we can help assist you in identifying your business training requirements. Furthermore, we have developed a system platform which will help you record and manage your employee training. Our system will automatically email you when training is due to expire, keeping you and your employees up to date.