As a business owner you may have some questions around health and safety training. In this blog I’ll address some of the frequently asked questions on this topic.

Why do you need training?

Training is essential in any workplace to ensure you are able to manage health and safety effectively. It is aimed at helping everyone in the business understand the risks to them whilst working to ensure that they don’t put themselves or others at risk. 

What training do you need?

Everyone in the business will need some form of training, whether it is job specific or generic to health and safety in the workplace. Training doesn’t have to be classroom based; it can be anything from a training video on how to use equipment to giving practical guidance. The training and information given must be easy to understand and you will need to consider the needs of your employees, such as any language barriers.

Who can provide training?

It can be yourself as an employer or someone from your business, but they must be competent. This means they must have the experience, knowledge and training on the subject matter. The alternative is to use an external training provider.

How often should you provide training?

You will need to consider providing refresher training to employees, how often will depend on your business. You will need to make your own assessment to see which areas may benefit from further training. 

Which laws deal with health and safety training? 

  • Section 2 of The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires employers to provide information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure the health and safety of staff at work.
  • Regulation 13 of The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 goes a little bit further and sets out when training should be given in particular situations, such as for new recruits or when new work equipment is introduced.
  • The Health and Safety (Training for Employment) Regulations 1990 also imposes a duty to provide training to those doing work experience with you.
  • There are other regulations which provide more specific duties for training such as the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002.

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