Don’t Let Your Health and Safety Certificate Expire
Ensuring You Remain Health and Safety Compliant Health and Safety training is important for any business but it requires ongoing commitment to ensure continued compliance. Health and Safety is an important concern for UK businesses. All business owners are legally obliged to safeguard the health, wellbeing and safety of their employees, and failure to do so could have significant consequences both for the company and the people it employs. More than 3 million people are injured at, or experience an illness caused by, work each year - and more than 200 people are killed in workplace accidents. As well as the human cost, failure to pay attention to Health and Safety can also impact on a business’ bottom line. Around 28 million working days are lost annually due to work-related illness and injury, and having employees on long term sick leave is likely to negatively affect a company’s productivity and profits. Equally, a company that fails to comply with Health and Safety regulations could find itself on the wrong end of a costly compensation claim, or a fine from the HSE. Taking all this into account, it’s easy to see why Health and Safety should be a priority for all companies. Health and Safety Training Training should be a key part of any business’ Health and Safety policy, and many companies provide their employees with Health and Safety Awareness training to help them learn how to protect themselves and each other in the workplace, and foster a positive Health and Safety culture in the organisation. For those employees with specific responsibility for Health and Safety within the workplace, there are more in-depth training courses available - such as the International Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health - which results in a qualification. Industry-Specific There are also industry-specific qualifications available for those jobs which pose a greater risk to people’s health. Construction, for example, is one of the most dangerous occupations in the UK, with potential hazards including falling from a height, electric shocks, contact with dangerous substances, back pain, cement burns and hearing problems. As a result, many construction firms require their senior employees to hold industry-specific Health and Safety qualifications, such as the Site Supervisors’ Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) Site Safety Plus certificate which introduces Site Supervisors to their legal responsibilities regarding Health and Safety. There is also a more in-depth five day Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) Site Safety Plus course available which is geared towards anyone who holds a senior or management position within the construction industry. Ongoing commitment If you undertake a Health and Safety qualification, you may think that your job is done once you receive your certificate. However, Health and Safety is an ongoing commitment and regular refresher training should be undertaken to ensure you remain up to date on the latest developments in this area. For some certifications, refresher training is compulsory. For example, SSTS and SMSTS certificates expire after five years, and candidates must take a refresher course before their existing certificate expires, or the full course will need to be taken again. Happily, Essex-based construction workers can choose from some excellent SSTS and SMSTS training courses in Chelmsford. Without due care and attention, any workplace can pose potential hazards so staying up to date with health and safety regulations is critical. Health and Safety training that’s appropriate to your job role and industry can help to cut the risks of incidents, making your workplace a responsible, healthy and safe place to work.