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What is Health & Safety?

02 May 2012

The Health & Safety Executive, the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness states; “All workers have a right to work in places where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. Health and safety is about stopping you getting hurt at work or ill through work.”

Health and safety deals with hazards, risks, outcomes:
• A hazard is something that can cause harm if not controlled.
• The outcome is the harm that results from an uncontrolled hazard.
• A risk is a combination of the probability that a particular outcome will occur and the severity of the harm involved.

Businesses are required by law to comply with all relevant Health & Safety regulations and getting it wrong can lead to serious, costly repercussions. Regardless of how many people you employ, having a Health & Safety policy and risk assessments in place is a legal requirement, and for those with over five employees, these must be documented.

Occupational safety and health (OSH) is a cross-disciplinary area concerned with protecting the safety, health and welfare of people engaged in work or employment. The goal of occupational safety and health programs is to foster a safe and healthy work environment. The OSH exists because of society’s attitude to moral obligations. Employers have a moral duty of reasonable care; to ensure they do not put the health and safety of people at risk. The OSH also exists for legal and economic reasons; accidents and illness as a result of work can bring about criminal action and cost money.  Direct and indirect costs associated with incidents and/or unhealthy workplaces and their impact on the organisation (includes insured and un-insured costs, sick pay and compensation pay-out).

Health and safety is a requirement for all business and industry sectors, not just the obvious manufacturing, factory or construction type trades meaning official training in the legal risks, assessments and requirements are a must.

Total Training Solutions run NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Heath) training courses. NEBOSH offer a comprehensive range of globally-recognised, vocationally-related qualifications designed to meet the health, safety, environmental and risk management needs of all places of work in both the private and public sectors.

The NEBOSH General Certificate is aimed at managers, supervisors and staff from all types of organisations who need a broad understanding of health and safety issues. Meanwhile the NEBOSH Fire & Safety & Risk Management Certificate is specifically designed for the managers, supervisors and the nominated fire officers and teaches them to conduct and review fire risk assessments and preventative measures for their workplace.

To book a place on a NEBOSH training course in your area please call the Total Training Solutions team on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com.

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