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How to perform Health and safety training

NewsID:327    Datetime:2011-03-17

Your risk assessment should identify any further specific training needs.  How can I do it?
Firstly, you should show your commitment so the people being trained recognise that the training is important. Providing training needn’t be a great burden, but you do need to think ahead and prioritise. You may have appointed somebody to give you ‘competent assistance’ (see ‘The Law’) and they should be able to help. Try the following fivestep approach:

STEP 1 Decide what training your organisation needs
■ Identify the skills and knowledge needed for people to do their job in a safety shoes and healthy way. Compare these against people’s current skills and knowledge and identify the gaps.
■ Review your experience of injuries, near misses or cases of ill health.
■ Look at your risk assessments to see where information and/or training have been identified as factors in controlling risks.
■ Consult employees or their representatives for their views.
■ Consider awareness training needs for directors, managers and supervisors, including: how you manage health and safety; who is responsible for what; the cost to the business if things go wrong; how to identify hazards and evaluate risks; and the hazards encountered and measures for controlling them.

STEP 2 Decide your training priorities
■ Does the law require you to carry out specific training (eg firstaid training)? See "The Law"for more details.
■ Top priorities would include those where lack of information and/or training might result in serious harm, and those which benefit the largest numbers of staff.
■ Consult employees or their representatives for their views.
■ Training for new recruits and for people changing jobs or taking on new responsibilities should always be a priority.

STEP 3 Choose your training methods and resources
Don’t forget that though there are many external trainers who can help you, much effective training can be done ‘in house’.
■ Choose your methods, for example: giving information or instruction; coaching or onthejob training; training in the ‘classroom’; open and distance learning; in groups or individually; and computerbased or interactive learning.
■ Consider who can help you, by providing information, materials, training courses etc.

STEP 4 Deliver the training
■ Ensure the information is easy to understand and try to use a variety of training methods to deliver your message.
■ Ensure the trainer has enough time to prepare themselves, their resources and the venue – preparation is particularly important for people who are not experienced trainers.

STEP 5 Check that the training has worked
■ Do your employees understand what you require of them?
■ Do they now have the knowledge and skills needed to work safely and without risk to health?
■ Are they actually working as they have been trained?
■ Has there been any improvement in your organisation’s health and safety shoes performance?
■ What feedback are you getting from line managers and the people who have been trained?
■ Is further information and/or training needed?
■ Was the most suitable training method used?
■ What improvements can be made?
■ Has there been a change in behaviour and practice?
■ It is important to keep records of training, even inhouse training.
■ You should monitor training records so that refresher training can be given when needed.

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 shoes at Work Regulations 1999, which identify situations where health and safety training is particularly important, eg when people start work, on exposure to new or increased risks and where existing skills may have become rusty or need updating.

You must provide training during working hours and not at the expense of your employees. Special arrangements may be needed for parttimers or shift workers. You need to assess the risks to your employees while they are at work and to any other people who may be affected by the way you conduct your business. This is so that you can identify the measures you need to take to comply with health and safety shoes, which includes training and the provision of information.

Like many employers, you may not be in a position to provide this training on your own, in which case you will need competent help. If possible, you should appoint one or more of your employees. However, if there is no one with the relevant knowledge, experience and skills in your organisation who can be relied on to deal effectively with health and safety training, you need to enlist someone from outside. In some circumstances you may need a combination of internal and external help safety shoes.

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