Training and the law

It can be difficult to know exactly what is required of you when it comes to training your staff in first aid, health and safety and fire safety.

The contents of this frame are a direct extract from the HSE website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/legislation.htm and are therefore crown copyright any use of this information should only be under the copyright terms laid down for its use.

Employers duties (Health and Safety)

Health and safety law says:

  • employees must be trained and clearly instructed in their duties;
  • employers and host companies must ensure contractors are properly trained to work safely.

Everyone who works for you, including self-employed people, needs to know how to work safely and without risks to health. So you need to train them to be sure they know what hazards and risks they may face, how to deal with them and any emergency procedures. Health and safety training should take place during working hours and must not be paid for by employees.

Some employees may have particular training needs, for example:

  • new recruits;
  • people changing jobs or taking on extra responsibilities;
  • young employees who are particularly vulnerable to accidents;
  • health and safety representatives.

You need to make sure that new, inexperienced or young employees are adequately supervised.

It is important that you keep records of all training to show that it is being carried out and so you can see when it might need to be repeated. You should consult workers or their representatives to make sure training is relevant and effective.

Training should be repeated from time to time if the work it relates to is only done occasionally. For example, if someone fills in for someone else when they are away; a process is not often done; or emergency procedures.

Employers

Employers are responsible for protecting the health and safety of their staff and other people, such as customers and members of the public, who may be affected by their work.

In general, employers must:

  • make the workplace safe and eliminate or control risks to health;
  • ensure plant and machinery are safe and that safe systems of work are set and followed;
  • ensure articles and substances are moved, stored and used safely;
  • provide adequate welfare facilities;
  • give workers the information, instruction, training and supervision necessary for their health and safety;
  • consult workers on health and safety matters.

Directors and leadership

Successful health and safety requires leadership from the top.

Workers

Workers, too, have a responsibility to take care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their actions. Health and safety legislation, therefore, requires employers and workers to co-operate.

In general, workers must:

  • take reasonable care for their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by what they do or do not do;
  • co-operate with their employer on health and safety;
  • correctly use work items provided by their employer, including personal protective equipment, in accordance with training or instructions; and
  • not interfere with or misuse anything provided for their health, safety or welfare.

Health and safety representatives

The law recognises the roles of both trade union-appointed safety representatives and representatives of employee safety elected by the workforce.

Please note

The contents of this frame are a direct extract from the HSE website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/legislation.htm and are therefore crown copyright any use of this information should only be under the copyright terms laid down for its use.

Accreditation

Arion is an accredited company for the delivery of training underwritten by; the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), Institution of occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the First Aid at Work Council.

Contact

01529 413347

10 The Point, Lion's Way
Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 8GG

contact@arionltd.co.uk

 
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