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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 task

 

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 contractors.

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 duties

For further information visit the HSE Website, or contact Environmental Health via the "contact us" page.

 

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