Health and Safety Training
It is a requirement under all Health and Safety legislation
to provide an appropriate level of instruction, information and
training for the task to be done.
- "Information" - Provides factual material which tells people
about the risks and health and safety measures
- "Instruction" - Tells people what they should do
- "Training" - Involves helping people learn to carry out the
Usually, whoever has control of the hazard
should provide information and instruction needed in relation to
it. This includes manufacturers and suppliers, as well as employers
and people in control of premises.
You must provide training for employees and others when you first
recruit or engage them; if the risks they are exposed to change and
if the system of work changes. You must train anybody who is
carrying out the task, including employees, agency staff and
The level of training depends upon:
- What the person is being required to do;
- Their previous experience;
- The requirements of legislation.
Training methods include:
- Practical demonstration;
- "Classroom" teaching;
- Provision of written information
- Off-site certificated courses etc.
The training provided should be documented in
the employee’s personnel files, or elsewhere. If the person is
involved in an accident or incident you will need to be able to
demonstrate that training has been provided and was adequate.
Employees have a duty to inform their employer of any dangerous
situations or shortcomings in health and safety arrangements. They
must also carry out tasks in accordance with the instruction and
training they have been given, and advise their employer of any
concerns about this. You must inform your employees of these
For further information visit the HSE
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