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
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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 the safety systems that you have put in place for regular employees.
- 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 training modules included in this course cover the key syllabus of Level 3 Health and Safety qualifications. These modules include:
- the legal framework relating to health and safety at work
- the main causes of injuries and ill health at work
- safety management systems
- the costs associated with accidents and ill-health
- the benefits of risk assessment and the different types available
- understanding workplace hazards and minimising ill-health injuries
- managing the effects of accidents and incidents in the workplace
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.
How long will it take?
The total qualification time for this qualification is 30 hours and of these 21 hours is recommended as guided learning hours (3-day Course).
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.
- We can also support the delivery of this qualification through the health and safety e-learning course.
Features for the Course Owner:
- Learner management system, including user groups;
- Licence management for more cost-effective training; and
- Expanded reporting, including assessment feedback.