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For health and safety representatives to be able to perform their functions, they need to be equipped with appropriate skills and knowledge, so you must plan for their training.

Training for health and safety representatives

If you have health and safety representatives appointed by trade unions, the trade union will arrange to train them.

Axiom Dynamics offer online training courses, so health and safety representatives may not always have to leave the workplace, but may simply require access to online training within the workplace and time to complete the course.

Training for elected health and safety representatives

If your workforce has elected health and safety representatives, you must ensure they are provided with time off with pay to have training for their role.

Identify training needs

It is helpful for all new health and safety representatives to have training that will cover:

  • the role of the representative, including how to communicate in committee meetings, with colleagues for views, with employers to raise issues, and with health and safety inspectors;
  • health and safety legislation;
  • how to identify and minimise hazards and dangerous occurrences;
  • health and safety issues of new technology; and
  • how to carry out a workplace inspection and accident investigation (not required but recommended for non-union elected representatives)

Involving your workforce in health and safety

Guidance for all workers

This guide is mainly aimed at medium to large employers. It will help them in their legal duty to consult and involve their employees on health and safety matters. Small businesses may find the guidance helpful, particularly the case studies. Employees, their health and safety representatives and trade unions may also find the guide useful.

The guide concentrates on examples of how to comply with the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 (as amended), and the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 (as amended).

The guide is designed to clearly distinguish different types of information so you can find the parts that are relevant for you. References to the regulations are colour-coded.

This version has been updated to clarify examples of how to comply with the Regulations and to update links and references to other guidance.  Click here to download the guide from the HSE website, Involving your workforce in health and safety.

Consulting employees on health and safety

Introduction
Employers have a duty to consult with their employees, or their representatives, on
health and safety matters. This leaflet is aimed at employers and discusses what
they need to do to ensure they are complying with the law.
The law sets out how employees must be consulted in different situations and the
different choices employers have to make. There are two different regulations that
require employers to consult their workforce about health and safety:
the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977
(as amended); and
the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996
(as amended).
These regulations will apply to most workplaces.
In workplaces where the employer recognises trade unions and trade unions
are recognised for collective bargaining purposes, the Safety Representatives
and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 (as amended) will apply.
In workplaces where employees are not in a trade union and/or the employer
does not recognise the trade union, or the trade union does not represent
those employees not in the trade union, the Health and Safety (Consultation with
Employees) Regulations 1996 (as amended) will apply.
Click here to download, A brief guide to the law.

Attend training courses

A key factor of success is a representative with good knowledge. Training builds confidence and competence.

Representatives are entitled to paid time for training as is reasonable to acquire the skills and information to represent their colleagues effectively and understand health and safety issues in the workplace. In determining what is reasonable, refer to the Approved Code of Practice and case law. If you refuse a reasonable request to attend training, you could face an employment tribunal.

Training and educating managers, employees, and their representatives is essential if they are to understand the principles of health and safety. Building their knowledge shows them how they can put the principles into practice, which in turn helps improve health and safety.

Health and Safety training: What you need to know

Health and safety training brief guide. It explains the importance of health and safety training and why it is needed. It gives advice on who may need training, what form the training may take and how to organise it. All of this information is explained in a five-step approach:

  • Decide what training your organisation needs
  • Decide your training priorities
  • Choose your training methods and resources
  • Deliver the training
  • Check that the training has worked

Online eLearning

Axiom Dynamics has teamed up with the Awarding Organisation Highfield to provide on online e-learning experience, designed to help businesses meet their compliance needs.

To make sure that the learner only receives information that is relevant to them, the content has been designed so it is as relevant and personal to them as possible. 

About the online courses

These courses are designed for duty holders across all industries. Different level courses have been developed, each one relating to different job roles and responsibilities.

What is included in the eLearning?

This innovative, multi-device Level 1 Health & Safety e-learning course will provide you with the knowledge needed to go on to achieve a level 1 health and safety qualification in a fun and interactive way.

What does it cover?

The eight self-contained training modules included in this course cover the key syllabus of Level 1 Health and Safety qualifications.  These modules include:

  • Accidents including slips, trips and falls
  • Legal responsibilities
  • Hazardous substances (COSHH)
  • Workplace health, safety and welfare
  • Work equipment
  • Fire
  • First aid
  • Manual handling

What will you achieve?

By taking this e-learning course you will engage in approximately three guided learning hours of training. Your knowledge will also be tested by 24 multiple-choice questions, spread across the eight modules. In addition to this, you will also receive a Health and Safety encyclopaedia, help pages, and a comprehensive health and safety glossary. Subject to the satisfactory completion of this course, you are also given access to an electronic Highfield quality endorsed certificate of completion (in PDF format), which you can then print and display.

Course features

This course includes a number of key features that will benefit you. These include the following:

Features for you:

  • Content suitable for Level 1 Award in Health and Safety qualification awarded by Highfield Qualifications and RSPH;
  • Interactive content and exercises based on real-life scenarios; and
  • Assessments included at the end of every module.

Features for Companies:

Companies are able to purchase the eLearning course in bulk and have access to their own Learner Management System (LMS).  The LMS allows you to manage staff training as well as expanded reporting, including assessment feedback.  

Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace

  • Qualify at home through or eLearning and remote invigilation
  • Training delivered by Industry Experts in Health & Safety;
  • Content for Managers, Supervisors to develop Health & Safety knowledge;
  • High quality, instructor voice led training;
  • 7 – 8 hours to complete followed by a formal multiple-choice eAssessment

Who should take this course?

This Level 2 Health & Safety e-learning course is intended principally for those who work in a supervisory or managerial role and is also ideal for those learners wishing to achieve a Level 2 health and safety qualification.

What does it cover?

The nine easy-to-manage training modules included in this course cover the key syllabus of Level 2 Health and Safety qualifications. These modules include:

  • Accidents including, slips, trips & falls
  • Legal responsibilities
  • Risk assessment
  • Workplace health, safety & welfare
  • Work equipment
  • Fire
  • First aid
  • Manual handling
  • Hazardous substances (COSHH)

What will learners achieve?

Their knowledge will be tested by 45 multiple-choice questions, spread across the nine modules. In addition to this, learners will also receive a health and safety encyclopaedia, help pages, and a comprehensive health and safety glossary. Subject to the satisfactory completion of this course, learners are given access to an electronic Highfield quality endorsed certificate of completion (in PDF format), which they are able to print and display.

Course features

This course includes a number of key features that will benefit the learner. These include the following:

Features for the Learner:

  • Content suitable for Level 2 Award in Health and Safety qualification awarded by Highfield Qualifications and RSPH;
  • Interactive content and exercises based on real-life scenarios; and
  • Assessments included at the end of every module.

Features for the Course Owner:

  • Learner management system, including user groups;
  • Licence management for more cost-effective training; and
  • Expanded reporting, including assessment feedback.

Level 3 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace

  • Qualify at home through or eLearning and remote invigilation
  • Training delivered by Industry Experts in Health & Safety;
  • Content for Managers, Supervisors to develop Health & Safety knowledge;
  • High quality, instructor voice led training;
  • 7 – 8 hours to complete followed by a formal multiple-choice eAssessment

Who needs to take this course

Under the law, employers are responsible for health and safety management. The following provides a broad outline of how the law applies to employers. Don’t forget, employees and the self-employed have important responsibilities too.

It is an employer’s duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their business. Employers must do whatever is reasonably practicable to achieve this.

This means making sure that workers and others are protected from anything that may cause harm, effectively controlling any risks to injury or health that could arise in the workplace.

Employers have duties under health and safety law to assess risks in the workplace

Key figures for Great Britain (2018/19)

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, eg when people start work, on exposure to new or increased risks and where existing skills may have become rusty or need updating.

Who needs health and safety training?

You do! Whether you are an employer or self-employed, are you sure that you’re up to date with how to identify the hazards and control the risks from your work?

Do you know how to get help – from your trade association, your local Chamber of Commerce, or your health and safety enforcing authority? Do you know what you have to do about consulting your employees, or their representatives, on health and safety issues? If not, you would probably benefit from some training. Your managers and supervisors do! If you employ managers or supervisors they need to know what you expect from them in terms of health and safety, and how you expect them to deliver. They need to understand your health and safety policy, where they fit in, and how you want health and safety managed. They may also need training in the specific hazards of your processes and how you expect the risks to be controlled.

Your employees do! Everyone who works for you, including self-employed people, needs to know how to work safely and without risks to health. Like your supervisors, they need to know about your health and safety policy, your arrangements for implementing it, and the part they play. They also need to know how they can raise any health and safety concerns with you.

Contractors and self-employed people who may be working for you do!
Remember, these people might not be familiar with your working environment and safety systems that you have put in place for regular employees.
You should:

  • take into account the capabilities, training, knowledge and experience of workers; and
  • ensure that the demands of the job do not exceed their ability to carry out their work without risk to themselves and others.

Some employees may have particular training needs, for example:

  • new recruits need basic induction training into how to work safely, including arrangements for first aid, fire and evacuation;
  • people changing jobs or taking on extra responsibilities need to know about any new health and safety implications;
  • young employees are particularly vulnerable to accidents and you need to pay particular attention to their needs, so their training should be a priority. It is also important that new, inexperienced or young employees are adequately supervised;
  • employee representatives or safety representatives will require training that reflects their responsibilities;
  • some people’s skills may need updating by refresher training.

What does it cover?

The 11 easy-to-manage training modules included in this course cover the key syllabus of Level 3 Health and Safety qualifications. Each module has a total of 5 multiple-choice questions at the end to test learner knowledge. These modules include:

  • Introduction to health and safety
  • Accidents, injuries and work-related health
  • Legal aspects of health and safety
  • Risk assessment
  • Hazardous substances (COSHH)
  • The workplace
  • Manual handling
  • Using equipment safely
  • Fire safety
  • Ergonomics, manual handling and display screen equipment
  • Measuring and monitoring performance
  • The role of line managers and supervisors

What will learners achieve?

Learners taking this course will gain a wide range of knowledge of health and safety law, the hazards present in a workplace and how to implement effective and necessary controls. It will equip learners with the skills necessary for the effective supervision of staff. It also focuses on the importance of the health and safety culture of a business, which is an invaluable resource for those looking to achieve the Level 3 qualification.

Course features

This course includes a number of key features that will benefit the learner. These include the following:

Features for the Learner:

  • Content suitable for Level 3 Health and Safety qualifications awarded by Highfield Qualifications and RSPH;
  • Interactive content and exercises based on real-life scenarios; and
  • Assessments included at the end of every module.

Features for the Course Owner:

  • Learner management system, including user groups;
  • Licence management for more cost-effective training; and
  • Expanded reporting, including assessment feedback.

Level 4 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace 

The objective of the qualification is to support a role in the workplace.
This qualification is aimed at supervisors and managers with direct responsibility for health and safety management. The qualification is intended for learners already working in the capacity of supervisor or manager and those who are preparing to start work at this level. Learners gaining this qualification will know that supervisors and managers have legal and moral obligations to ensure health and safety within a business and that this includes obligations to employees, contractors, visitors and suppliers. Its subject areas are regarded by the Health and Safety Executive as being important to developing safe working procedures in the workplace.

At Axiom Dynamics, we can deliver Health and Safety training through a range of methods including classroom-based learning should this be required.  Do not hesitate to get in touch with the team to chat through your requirements.

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