The Health & Safety training for staff in every organisation/company/community group is of the upmost importance. It has been noted in many circles that when a recession hits, the first area to suffer is staff training. This is an unfortunate situation and something that can’t be ignored. According the Safety, Health and Welfare act 2005, every employer has an obligation to provide training to its staff and the staff are required to attend the training.
Some Health & Safety managers may feel that it’s just not possible to continue with staff training when budgets are being restricted and the purse strings need tightened. This is a dangerous position to be in and as my colleagues would say, “It’s all well and good until someone looses an eye”! I agree.
Every company is obliged to have a Safety Statement completed. In this statement you should include:
- Safety statements must be specific to the place of work and must set out the hazards identified and the risks assessed
- The protective and preventive measures taken and the resources allocated to safety, health and welfare
- The plans and procedures for dealing with emergencies or serious and imminent danger
- The duties of employees as regards safety, health and welfare at work, and the requirement for them to co-operate on those matters with their employer and any person who has responsibility under the relevant statutory provisions
- The names and, where applicable, job titles of persons assigned to perform tasks pursuant to the safety statement
- The arrangements for the appointment of safety representatives and safety consultation at the place of work
A Safety Awareness course which covers is something that may benefit employees. This course includes:
- Introduction to the Irish Legal System
- Safety Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005
- 2007 General Application Regulations
- Focus on Employer/Employee responsibility
- Criminal Law
- Civil Law
- Personal Injury Assessment Board (PIAB)
- Other Relevant Legislation:
- Safety Health & Welfare at Work (Work at Height) Reg. 2006
- Safety Health & Welfare at Work (Construction) Reg. 2006
- Safety Health & Welfare at Work (Noise) Reg. 2006
- Safety Health & Welfare at Work (Vibration) Reg. 2000
All employees would benefit from this course, with particular benefit going to all employees that have a responsibility under Health & Safety implementation in the workplace.
Another area of workplace Health and Safety is Manual Handling. Manual Handling training takes approximately 4 hours of training every 2 years and it could save thousands on litigation claims. Manual Handling involves lifting, moving, pushing or pulling any object. It does not matter the size, shape or weight of the object as something small and light can still cause discomfort due to poor posture or repetitive movement. As a Manual Handling instructor with many “cracked” spinal discs, I am very much an advocate of correct Manual Handling and training in the workplace and even as young as school children.
Health and Safety Training is an important part of our everyday work life and it is something that can’t be ignored if we are to prevent injury and it may even help save a life. It recently launches occupational first aid fetac level 5 course which is world class training course and worth to have.