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Do you need to refresh your Health and Safety training?

Do you need to refresh your Health and Safety training? Midlands Health and Safety Consultancy

One of the most integral parts of Health & Safety management is providing up-to-date and practical Health and Safety training. Failing to provide proper Health and Safety training to all staff to provide safe working conditions, could not only cost the company money and damage its reputation beyond repair, but it also demonstrates a clear disregard for proper Health and Safety laws.

Having a mindset that prioritises safeguarding and a commitment to safety and quality should be at the forefront of all business owners, leaders and managers, but do you need to refresh your Health and Safety Training? In a word, yes, all the time.

Refresher training on basic health and safety is important and the other factor to consider is that situations change. Your workplace might be functioning very differently than it did previously, and you can use refresher training to remind staff of existing rules and requirements, and to cover the changes that you’ve implemented.

What Is refresher training?

Refresher training is retraining in a subject you previously trained in to refresh your memory and make sure your knowledge is up to date. Refresher training can be applied to almost any type of training program or intervention, but is frequently used in compliance and safety training where there are often specific requirements for annual or periodic retraining. It can help to keep important knowledge fresh in employees’ minds and reinforce and embed more complex organizational procedures and processes.

Increase in workplace accidents and safety incidents

If a high number of workplace-related injuries are occurring in your organisation, refresher safety training may be required. For example, when employees forget proper safety protocols to follow when operating machinery or forget how to operate machinery effectively, more accidents and injuries occur. Another example would be an increase in the number of slip and fall-related injuries, or more employees or customers being logged as going to the emergency room.

The benefits

The way you approach health and safety training speaks volumes about your business, your values and your professionalism and constantly investing in safety training can reap many rewards for employers and employees alike.

  • Helps your employees to identify hazards and adopt safe and healthy working practices
  • Helps to avoid the pain, anguish and financial costs that accidents and ill health cause
  • Fosters a positive culture of health and safety, in which unsafe and unhealthy working are not tolerated
  • Enables your employees to spot ways to improve health and safety management
  • Enables you to meet your legal duty to protect the health and safety of your employees and others.

 

Training should be repeated periodically to ensure that knowledge is retained, and to keep staff up to date with changes in your workplace or safe systems of work.

For further information on refreshing your Health and Safety Training, please contact us here.

 

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