Health & Safety

What is training?

Training means helping people to learn how to do something, telling people what they should or should not do, or simply giving them information. Training isn’t just about formal ‘classroom’ courses.

Many companies train their staff, but the question that comes to mind is: why is training your staff important? A business is not just a mass of people coming together to work on a daily basis, it is a team or a unit that works together in order to achieve a collective goal and ultimately generate profits for the business. That is precisely why it is important to train your staff adequately.

There are many benefits one can obtain by investing in proper staff training, number one being efficiency. A well trained staff will help reduce the risks of potential mishaps within the business, and it will condition the employee to give his or her best in any given task. Every business has its own culture and way of doing things, and when a new employee enters the so-called 'corporate family' it is vital to instruct your employee on the know-how of the business and how it operates.

Why provide Health & Safety Training

Providing health and safety information and training helps you to:

  • Ensure that people who work for you know how to work safely and without risks to health;
  • Develop a positive health and safety culture, where safe and healthy working becomes second nature to everyone;
  • Meet your legal duty to protect the health and safety of your employees.

Effective training:

  • Will contribute towards making your employees competent in health and safety;
  • Can help your business avoid the distress that accidents and ill health cause;
  • Can help you avoid the financial costs of accidents and occupational ill health, such as damaged products, lost production and demotivated staff. Don’t forget that your insurance might not cover all these costs.

The Law

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 requires you 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 your employees. This is expanded by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, which identify situations where health and safety training is particularly important, e.g. when people start work, on exposure to new or increased risks and where existing skills may have become rusty or need updating.

Like many employers, you may not be in a position to provide this training on your own. DTS does not supply ‘off-the shelf’ programmed training but instead provide quality bespoke courses specific to our client’s needs. This may consist of tool-box talks or formal classroom training.

Some of our more popular training topics include:

  • Fire Safety Awareness
  • Manual Handling – Objects
  • People Moving & Handling
  • Identifying Risk
  • Dealing with Stress

We can also provide a comprehensive range of non health & safety training. Click here for details