Health and Safety is as important as your sales and marketing or your profit and loss accounts. It is often overlooked and seen by many (not all I wish to stress) as a thorn in the side of the company or organisation. So much so that not much thought is given to the idea of “training” until something happens.
The fact remains that training is important and more often than not a LEGAL REQUIREMENT! There are certain obligations by an employer when it comes to safety training under the SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELFARE AT WORK ACT 2005. Do you, as an employer know what training is required by legislation?
While there are many reasons for not attending training that will not only benefit the individual, but in many cases the company as well, your organisation does need to make the time and allocate the resources and/or personnel for safety training. This does not mean that you have to undertake every single health and safety training course that is out there. It means looking at what your role/job is and starting with the training that is required. You can then build up your training as and where it is appropriate but don’t put it off or on put it on the long finger. If nothing else it will increase your own set of skills and knowledge.
Here are a few good reasons to start your safety training:
- Prevents accidents
- Avoid fines and possibly damaging litigation costs
- Being compliant with the law
- Encourages a health and safety culture by educating your employees which in turn should promote a better understanding of safety and enable them to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others
If you want to start getting your company up to date on safety training then contact LCE – we would be delighted to point you in the right direction!