Health and Safety

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This course explores and highlights the very real risks that exist in all workplaces, whilst reinforcing the personal responsibilities laid down by law. It also addresses the learner's attitude to health and safety, and discusses in overview the type of risks they face. This course helps the learner to recognise health and safety as a real workplace issue.

An Introduction to Health & Safety at Work

Ensuring the health and safety of employees is one of the prime responsibilities of any organisation. Failing to do so represents a moral, ethical and commercial shortfall that can, and will, have disastrous results for both the organisation and the people who work for it. The aim of health and safety management, therefore, is to turn uncontrolled hazards into controlled risks. This course will enable the learner to do this by using a cyclical process of problem identification, solution provision and ongoing evaluation. Managers using this course will be able to understand and implement a health and safety management system containing standards, a policy and processes designed to ensure a quality approach to health and safety in their organisation.

An Introduction to Managing Health and Safety

Having completed this course the learner will be able to carry out an effective health and safety risk assessment. Any person for whom responsibility for the health and safety of others forms part of their job description needs to know how to carry out a risk assessment. To be given this responsibility without complementary training is daunting for the individual and almost certain to lead to errors and omissions when risk controls are decided. Completion of this course will ensure that such individuals possess the key skills and knowledge necessary to enable them to carry out an effective risk assessment. Risk assessment is the keystone of effective health and safety management in any organisation, and failing to ensure the competence of individuals tasked with this activity is in contravention of health and safety law as well as being ethically suspect. By requiring staff with risk assessment responsibilities to complete this course, the organisation is meeting a key requirement in respect of the competence and confidence of such individuals.

Introduction to Risk Assessment

Asbestos has often been called ‘the hidden killer’ - indeed the word asbestos today conjures up a genuine fear of irreversible damage to health. This is borne out by statistics which suggest that asbestos is probably the biggest occupational killer in the UK. In domestic properties, asbestos used as a building material was at its peak between 1945 and 1980, and, in the UK, there are over nine million houses of this age. In addition, it is estimated that there are about one and a half million workplace properties with some form of asbestos in them. So, while there’s relatively little chance of experiencing the degree of exposure that many suffered during the 20th century, the risk is still there, which is why this course – aimed at non-licensed contractors/workers – is so important.

Asbestos Awareness

Many businesses use hazardous substances as part of the process of manufacture, whilst some produce such substances as a result of those processes. By definition, such substances can cause harm to employees, contractors and other people. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) create the general requirements for employers to protect employees and other persons from the hazards created by hazardous substances used in the workplace through the use of risk assessment, control of exposure, health surveillance and incident planning. This course provides an awareness of the essential COSHH requirements for those working with, or potentially affected by, hazardous substances.

COSHH Awareness

Many millions of people now spend all their working days sitting in front of display screens. This sedentary lifestyle, the repetitive physical activity and factors associated with display screen use can cause both minor and major health problems if the risks are not addressed. Such risks can often be reduced, or removed altogether, by good workplace design and safe working practices. This course will enable the learner to take positive action in respect of their own health and safety by creating a safe seating position, adopting the correct posture and operating workstation equipment appropriately.

Display Screen Equipment and Workstation Safety

Fire is probably the biggest risk to life that most people face in the workplace. It is, therefore, amazing that many people have little or no idea about the common causes of fire, how to deal with them and how to escape safely from the scene should a fire occur. This course deals with all three of these vital subjects, and successful completion of the course could literally be the difference between life and death. Employers are responsible in law for both fire prevention and the safe evacuation of employees in the event of a fire. This course will ensure that employees have the necessary knowledge to play their part in cooperating with their employer in the implementation of fire safety in the workplace.

Fire Safety and Evacuation

Our hands come into contact with many different surfaces and substances, many of them harbouring bacteria and viruses that transfer to our hands and from there either to other people or into our own body. Good hand washing is the first line of defence against the spread of many illnesses - from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as meningitis, hepatitis A, and food poisoning. It is also crucial in preventing the spread of influenza, and is a major weapon in the armoury to be deployed against an influenza pandemic – the occurrence of which experts describe as being ‘when’ not ‘if’. This short video based course takes the learner step-by-step through the key stages of hand washing and will enable effective hand washing in less than 30 seconds.

Hand Hygiene - Video Guide to Effective Washing

Stress is now recognised globally as a condition that can affect all categories of workers, in all types of jobs and living in all types of social environments. It is also recognised as a major contributor to behaviour change, psychological dysfunction and serious health problems. Stress, therefore, can have a major impact both on people’s lives and the company bottom line. This course will enable managers and staff to handle stress and reduce the human and economic costs to the business.

Handling Stress at Work for all employees

One in five people at work are attacked or abused every year just for doing their job. Teachers, doctors, nurses, carers, social workers, public transport workers, shop workers, DHSS staff and many others are all at risk every working day. But there is much that employees and employers can do to reduce the number of victims – and undertaking this course is a positive first step.

Handling Violence and Aggression at Work

The HSE has reported that falling from height remains the most common cause of workplace fatalities, accounting for nearly 3 in 10 fatal injuries to workers. With this in mind, it’s essential that employees have the information necessary to enable them to plan and manage any job tasks they undertake that involve working at height. This course will provide them with, and check their understanding of, that information.

An Introduction to Working at Heights

There are a number of different types of ionising radiation, and most managers and other employees should have a basic knowledge of what each type is, what it does, what type of hazard it presents and how it can be controlled. The key legal requirements aimed at controlling the risks arising from the use of ionising radiations, as laid out in the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999, are described in this course, alongside a number of simple practical solutions.

Ionising Radiations - Risk Control

This course looks at the five key lone working occupational groups and helps the learner to identify the occupations that fall within those groups. By identifying their own, or a similar occupation, and the group into which it falls the learner is able to go on to recognise and identify with the particular risks to personal safety that apply to that occupation.

Lone Worker Type Identification and Risks

Many people have jobs where they are required to work alone and without direct supervision. This absence of immediate help or assistance creates significant risk because of the ever-present prospect of accidental injury or violence and aggression – the latter, for some occupations, being accompanied by the added risk of robbery or other crime. This course introduces the learner to the potential hazards faced by lone workers. It then considers whose responsibility it is to reduce or remove the risks associated with these hazards and, in overview, how this is done.

Lone Working - Deal with Hazards and Risks

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the Memorandum of Guidance with which it is published, lay down comprehensive but non-technical requirements for ensuring that the hazards of electricity are properly controlled. This means that those working with, or in the vicinity of, high risk electrical hazards – or those managing such situations – must, having identified hazards, be able to select and put in place the most appropriate methods of controlling the risks that arise from those hazards.

Electrical Safety - Controlling Electrical Hazards

Electricity is such a ubiquitous source of energy - and is so familiar - that it is frequently used in unsafe ways. As a result, the Health and Safety Executive receives, on average, reports of between 25-30 fatalities, and about 1000 major injuries per year as a result of accidental contact with electricity at work. Many of those killed or injured by contact with electricity are not doing electrical work when they receive an electric shock. Instead they are engaged in other tasks such as carpentry, labouring, machinery maintenance or building work. This course does not provide any detailed technical knowledge of electricity or how to carry out electrical work. Instead it seeks to ensure that the learner has a general appreciation of what electricity is, and the ways in which it can cause harm to humans. This will enable the learner to identify and manage the precautions necessary to avoid electric shocks.

Electrical Safety - Principles of Electricity and Its Effects

Those working with, or in the vicinity of, high risk electrical hazards – or those managing such situations – must be able to identify these hazards and understand the risk they present. This is essential since, without such knowledge, it will prove difficult, if not impossible, to carry out risk assessments or put in place effective risk controls. This course discusses the most commonly encountered high risk electrical hazards, how they may be identified and the risks they present.

Electrical Safety - Identifying High Risk Hazards

The requirement under Regulation 4 of the Electricity at Work Regulations is for “electrical systems to be constructed and maintained so as to prevent danger at all times”. The term ‘danger’ - which is unique to the Electricity at Work Regulations - is defined as “the risk of injury from electric shock”, which means that the Regulations therefore require all electrical systems to be set up and maintained in such a way that they do not allow anyone to suffer injury as a result of the electricity that may flow within the system at any time. Setting up and maintaining a system to achieve this requirement needs all those involved to understand the role played by inspection, test and maintenance of electrical systems.

Electrical Safety Inspection Test and Maintenance

Contact with power lines and cables can be lethal, whether they are carrying a voltage as high as 400,000 volts or as low as 11000 volts. For this reason, knowledge of how to manage safe working practices in proximity to, or with live overhead and buried power lines is absolutely vital.

Electrical Safety Overhead and Buried Power Lines

There are a number of different types of non-ionising radiation, and most managers and other employees should have a basic knowledge of what each type is, what it does, what type of hazard it presents and how it can be controlled. This course describes the different types of non-ionising radiation and explains their health effects. It also describes the typical occupational sources of non-ionising radiation and the basic control measures that should be put in place.

Non-Ionising Radiations

A surprising number of people work in occupations that require them to work on their own either in people’s homes or in other people’s premises – examples include social workers, community nurses, home helps, sales representatives and estate agents. Sadly, for a variety of reasons, each day sees many people in these occupations subject to either verbal or physical violence or aggression. This course looks at why such violence and aggression occurs. It also enables the learner to develop skills aimed at reducing the likelihood of violence and – should it occur – limiting its outcome.

Personal Safety in Others Homes and Premises

Bullying is responsible for 30% - 50% of all stress-related illness in the workplace and costs employers up to £2 billion in lost revenue every year. A lack of recognition and acceptance of workplace bullying results in costly damage to both individuals and organisations. One of the most widely accepted ways of reducing the risk of bullying is to raise employee awareness and provide appropriate training on how to recognise and address it. ‘Preventing Bullying in the Workplace’ can play an important part in your anti-bullying strategy by raising awareness and understanding about what constitutes bullying behaviour, what causes it and what can be done about it.

Preventing Bullying in the Workplace

The healthy functioning of our planet’s ecosystems – our air, water, and land – and the vast diversity of life on Earth is essential. To achieve this everyone needs to understand how they can avoid pollution and waste, protect watercourses, promote biodiversity and sustain natural resources. This course will enable learners to identify the causes of pollution and waste, minimise negative impacts to the environment and enhance the health and functioning of ecosystems where they live.

Protecting the Environment at Work and Home

‘Risk Assessment’ is a term that most people will be familiar with. However, it’s also a term that many people do not fully understand and describes a task about which there is often considerable confusion. Risk assessment is important because it forms an integral part of an effective occupational health and safety management plan.

Risk Assessment Essentials

Employers must carry out risk assessments in respect of all significant workplace hazards, and failure to comply with this legal requirement can result in prosecution and heavy penalties. Such prosecutions rarely arise from any wilful intention to break the law but rather through an ignorance of the legal requirements, or a lack of understanding of how to carry out the assessments, how detailed they should be and how they should be recorded. Having completed this course the learner will feel competent and able to conduct risk assessments effectively and to appropriate standards.

Risk Assessment for Managers

Repetitive Strain Injuries are, in this technological age, an increasing risk to workers and a challenge to organisational health and safety. Any RSI is painful and, in some cases, highly debilitating. It can lead to an inability to do certain jobs, or even work at all. For the individual this can have physical, mental and financial costs, whilst for the organisation it can mean the additional costs of staff cover, recruitment and job training. Absence due to sickness can also rob organisations of people with knowledge and skills that are vital for its success. A further problem is the increasing possibility of legal action taken by staff against employers who have failed to take appropriate steps to remove or reduce the risk of contracting RSI. This course is a first important step in educating staff on what causes RSI, and how to avoid it.

RSI - Repetitive Strain Injury

More than one-third of all reportable ‘Over Three Day’ injuries and nearly 10% of ‘Major Injuries’ are associated with manual handling – the transporting or supporting of loads by hand or by bodily force. Many injuries are not immediate and obvious, but are cumulative resulting from repeated exposure to manual handling operations. For workers, this high rate of injury is highly significant, since such accidents and absences lead to potential loss of earnings, missed opportunities and usually significant pain or discomfort. By taking a look at how manual handling risks arise and how to reduce or eliminate the likelihood of injury in different work environments, this course will help the learner to avoid joining future Health and Safety Executive injury statistics.

Safe Manual Handling

As we are all too well aware, vehicles can present great dangers when used or encountered on public roads. They can, however, be equally dangerous in a workplace environment - every year about 50 people are killed in accidents involving workplace transport. Accidents of this type also cause more than 1,500 major injuries per year, and about 3,500 injuries that cause people to be off work for more than three days. One of the keys to improving safety in this area is the engagement of all concerned in safe working practices. This course, based on HSE Guidance HSG136, is designed to enable those working with or near vehicles to meet this requirement – and to ensure they don’t become a health and safety statistic.

Safe Working with Workplace Transport

The Health and Safety Executive states that over one third of all major injuries reported to them each year are the result of a slip or trip leading to a fall. Slips and trips are the most common causes of non-fatal major injuries in both the manufacturing and service industries, and account for over half of all reported injuries to members of the public on business premises. These statistics provide powerful proof of the dangers presented by slips, trips and falls and this course will enable the learner to protect themselves, colleagues and visitors in their workplace. This course is a crucial first step in making the workplace safer, and creating accident-related cost savings for the learner’s organisation.

Slips Trips and Falls

Every year in the UK people are killed whilst working in confined spaces. Accidents occur across a broad range of industries, and rescuers operating without proper training or equipment are frequently among the victims. The hazards involved in such work are serious, and the risks invariably high, so appropriate training is vital – and a legal requirement.

Staying Safe in Confines Spaces

Electric shock can be, and often is, fatal. Clearly no employer would wish to expose his employees to such a possibility and this course provides the key basic knowledge necessary to enable employees to avoid electric shock. Very often accidents at work involving electricity result from a casual attitude arising from familiarity. By requiring employees to undertake this course, employers will ensure that they are both reminded of basic safety precautions and acquire up-to-date knowledge of health and safety best practice.

Staying Safe with Electricity

Hazardous substances occur in almost every workplace, sometimes as a regulated part of a production or maintenance process, but sometimes accidentally or as a bi-product of other activity. Often hazardous substances are simply not recognised as such, being accepted as just part and parcel of the workplace. Whatever the reason for their presence it is essential that workers know how to identify them and how to deal with them safely. Failure to provide workers with this knowledge may lead to injury, ill-health or regulatory action against the employer. This course enables learners to identify hazardous substances, deal with them safely and take appropriate steps in the event of mishap.

Staying Safe with Hazardous Substances

The effects of noise on hearing can be profoundly damaging, often resulting in permanent hearing loss. Not only is this morally and ethically undesirable for any organisation, it can also result in significant financial penalties and personal injury claims. This course will help the learner to understand how his or her hearing works and how it is affected by excess noise. It will also mean that the learner will be able to recognise noise risks and put in place appropriate safety precautions. Following this course an employee will be able to recognise noise risks and act proactively to prevent harm occurring.

Staying Safe with Noise

More than one in five fatalities resulting from falls at height in the construction industry involve workers falling through fragile roof materials. However, it isn’t just specialist roofers who are at risk; anyone who has cause to carry out work on a roof - such as TV Ariel fitters, solar panel installers, property caretakers and maintenance engineers - are also at risk. The main cause of death and injury is falling through fragile roofs and roof lights from roof edges or openings. Many such accidents could be avoided if suitable equipment is used, and those doing the work are given adequate information, instruction, training and supervision. This course will provide them with, and check their understanding of, the knowledge necessary to enable the planning and management of job tasks that involve working at height on fragile and/or degraded surfaces.

Working at Height – Fragile and Degraded Surfaces

There have been many news headlines over the years highlighting the dangers of working at height, particularly when working from scaffolding. The injuries and fatalities range from electrocution, scaffold collapse, unguarded scaffolding or tools and machinery falling from scaffolding and hitting people below. With this in mind, it’s essential that employees have the information necessary to enable them to plan and manage any job tasks they undertake that involve working at height with scaffold and scaffold towers. This course will provide them with, and check their understanding of, that information.

Working at Height – Scaffold and Scaffold Towers

Ladders and stepladders can be a sensible and practical option for low-risk, short-duration tasks, whilst Mobile Elevated Working Platforms – or ‘MEWPs’ - are designed to provide a safe work platform for temporary work at height. With this in mind, it’s essential that employees have the information necessary to enable them to plan and manage any job tasks they undertake that involve working at height with access equipment. This course will provide them with, and check their understanding of, that information.

Working at Height - Ladders|Stepladders|MEWPs

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