In the year 2015-2016, 144 workers were killed as a result of an accident in their workplace. Of the 144 deaths, over half were caused as a result of falling from a height (26%), being struck by a moving vehicle (19%), or being struck by a moving object (10%). These figures are incredibly sad, and sadder for the fact that workplace injuries and fatalities are avoidable if:
- the correct procedures are followed
- a health and safety culture is encouraged
- proper health and safety training is undertaken by all members of staff.
The last factor mentioned above – health and safety training – is perhaps one of the most influential ‘safeguards’ a business can put in place to prevent harm occurring. That’s because it’s designed with the latest rules and regulations in mind, can be updated as processes change, and is delivered in a way that makes ‘real world sense’ to the people it effects.
So, whether you’re a manager or person in charge of administering health and safety training in the workplace, or an employee who needs to take health and safety training seriously, it’s time to start seeing training as being something that’s truly worth taking time out for – not just a distraction from your never-ending to do list of tasks.
Here are a few reasons to get on board with the importance of training in a dangerous workplace.
Health and Safety training is a legal requirement
Did you know that health and safety training is required by law? The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires employers to provide their workforce with information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure that everyone’s health and safety is protected in so far as is reasonable practicable.
Another legal document, called the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, requires training to be provided in certain situations too, such as when they’re new to a job or are exposed to a new risk.
Wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment – the likes of which is sold through reliable suppliers such as Safeaid) is also a legal requirement. When PPE and adequate health and safety training is provided in the work place, the risk of injury or fatality occurring is significantly lower.
Training will protect the wellbeing of workers
As well as being a legal requirement, proper health and safety training must be taken seriously for ethical reasons. Training will help to protect those who are:
- working at heights
- working with hazardous substances
- working in noisy areas
- working in areas where the environment is contaminated
- working in high-traffic areas such as motorways and roadsides.
Training is specifically targeted around these risks, teaching people how to safely conduct themselves in dangerous environments or when working with hazardous substances.
Training will reduce the cost of harm
Aside from the human costs of failing to take health and safety training seriously, there’s a strong business case for understanding the importance of training too. Up-to-date, engaging and useful health and safety training will mean that incidents are less likely to arise, causing unscheduled absences and illness to be reduced, staff attrition to reduce and insurance costs to drop.
Moreover, the provision of well-received health and safety training means that businesses needn’t fear the reputational damage that comes with incidents arising in a dangerous workplace, and in many cases, good health and safety policies like providing training is actually a decisive factor when businesses are bidding for new work and major contracts.
So, as you can see, training is very important in a dangerous workplace. Is your workplace taking it seriously enough?