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Health and Safety training courses

  • What is Health & Safety?

    02 May 2012

    The Health & Safety Executive, the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness states; “All workers have a right to work in places where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. Health and safety is about stopping you getting hurt at work or ill through work.”

    Health and safety deals with hazards, risks, outcomes:
    • A hazard is something that can cause harm if not controlled.
    • The outcome is the harm that results from an uncontrolled hazard.
    • A risk is a combination of the probability that a particular outcome will occur and the severity of the harm involved.

    Businesses are required by law to comply with all relevant Health & Safety regulations and getting it wrong can lead to serious, costly repercussions. Regardless of how many people you employ, having a Health & Safety policy and risk assessments in place is a legal requirement, and for those with over five employees, these must be documented.

    Occupational safety and health (OSH) is a cross-disciplinary area concerned with protecting the safety, health and welfare of people engaged in work or employment. The goal of occupational safety and health programs is to foster a safe and healthy work environment. The OSH exists because of society’s attitude to moral obligations. Employers have a moral duty of reasonable care; to ensure they do not put the health and safety of people at risk. The OSH also exists for legal and economic reasons; accidents and illness as a result of work can bring about criminal action and cost money.  Direct and indirect costs associated with incidents and/or unhealthy workplaces and their impact on the organisation (includes insured and un-insured costs, sick pay and compensation pay-out).

    Health and safety is a requirement for all business and industry sectors, not just the obvious manufacturing, factory or construction type trades meaning official training in the legal risks, assessments and requirements are a must.

    Total Training Solutions run NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Heath) training courses. NEBOSH offer a comprehensive range of globally-recognised, vocationally-related qualifications designed to meet the health, safety, environmental and risk management needs of all places of work in both the private and public sectors.

    The NEBOSH General Certificate is aimed at managers, supervisors and staff from all types of organisations who need a broad understanding of health and safety issues. Meanwhile the NEBOSH Fire & Safety & Risk Management Certificate is specifically designed for the managers, supervisors and the nominated fire officers and teaches them to conduct and review fire risk assessments and preventative measures for their workplace.

    To book a place on a NEBOSH training course in your area please call the Total Training Solutions team on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com.

  • Do YOU need to be covered by HSE?

    08 May 2012

    Health and safety in the workplace is everyone’s concern, no matter what their position. Even as a worker you have a responsibility to adhere to your company’s health and safety policy. You could even face disciplinary action if you fail to comply or are found to be using unsafe working practices.

    All UK businesses are required by law to have a health and safety policy in place. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) offer practical advice and guidance on your responsibilities as an employer and suggest strategies and plans to get the best out of your health and safety management. Below are some basic duties that workers at every level need to consider and ensure they are in compliance of when it comes to health and safety.

    You will have prime responsibility for the health and safety of:
    • your workers
    • members of the public
    • contractors working with you

    Which means you should be providing a safe environment in which these people can go about their work and implications of the companies working practices should not be felt by the general public.

    Questions to ask yourself include:
    • Do I have enough knowledge to organise work for health and safety?
    • Have I thought this through and implemented good health and safety procedures and checks?

    You have responsibility to cooperate with your employer, for example:
    • following company rules
    • wearing personal protective equipment
    • reporting accidents and unsafe practices.

    If you are a supervisor you mustn’t turn a blind eye to unsafe behaviour.

    Health and safety practitioner
    You have a legal duty to provide fit-for-purpose advice. Courts have handed down penalties on consultants who have failed in their duty.

    Ask yourself:
    • Do I emphasise the need for people in organisations to take personal responsibility for the decisions they make and not just rely on written procedures and risk assessments?

    More from the HSE: Getting specialist help with health and safety

    If your position within your organisation deems that you are accountable for health and safety procedures, a good place to start could be with the NEBOSH General Certificate. This particular NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Safety and Health) qualification offered by Total Training Solutions covers a plethora of health and safety issues from policy and organisation to risk assessment, monitoring and control. The course progresses to look at accident investigation, manual handling and work equipment as well as electrical, fire, chemical and physical and psychological hazards.

    This course is a must for anyone involved in the health and safety strategy of their organisation and can be booked through the Total Training Solutions website, www.tts-uk.com. Queries can be sent to info@tts-uk.com or answered by calling 0800 612 1299.

    A full list of courses offered by Total Training Solutions can be found in their course directory.

  • Has Health & Safety 'Gone Mad'?

    16 May 2012

    It seems that not a day passes without the media reporting on another hell-bent Health & Safety law or policy being put in place by a council or organisation and most of them, on the surface at least, appear to be an over the top reaction.

    Many would argue that the claim, blame and compensation culture that we live in is responsible for the significant increase in health and safety propaganda. Only this week there have been reports of a local authority causing uproar amongst residents in a mobility scooter row. The Ely Standard claims, “Health and safety red tape has been blamed for the row – with risk assessors saying the scooters could be a fire hazard if parked indoors, even switched off and unplugged.” On the flip side there are also many cases where no safety measures were put in place there has been accidents and fatalities. Last week The Telegraph reported how a pensioner fell to (his) death over a sea wall after council deputy leader brands railing plan 'health and safety gone mad'.

    Other seemingly bizarre health and safety rules include the large percentage of schools banning children from playing with conkers and playground games such as British bulldog. In reality it is a small number of schools that were questioned in the first place and when looked into more deeply, the reasons behind the banning might well be founded. One teacher sited that the main problem with conkers is that “nut allergy sufferers are increasingly allergic to them.” Another teacher claimed British bulldog is “banned because of the number of broken bones it causes.” When looked at like this, we can only imagine the reverse headlines, ‘Schools refusal to ban conkers despite growing nut allergy cases amongst pupils’.

    The HSE themselves have acknowledged the public’s perception of “Health and Safety gone mad” and are trying to address the issue through the Myth Busting Challenge Panel. Launched in April the campaign allows the public to submit rules and regulations they come across that claim to be “due to health and safety” and the panel will look into them to see if they are indeed valid. HSE’s Chair Judith Hackitt hopes the scheme will “give the public the support and confidence they need to take on the jobsworths and cynics” and help them understand the Executives “true task, which is to manage serious risks to life and limb in Britain's workplaces.”

    As it stands, although it might at times seem like health and safety has indeed gone mad, these restrictions are ultimately in place to protect us. Yes, we could play conkers in the playground when we were kids without anyone screaming about health and safety but let’s not forget the world has come a long way since then. Advances in science and technology have identified the extent and seriousness of nut allergies and what sort of society would we live in if we didn’t take this information on board and adapt our behaviour accordingly? There are, and perhaps always will be, extreme cases that pitch themselves under the health and safety banner like the case of Police being called to a 3 years olds birthday party because cake candles posed health and safety risk but perhaps Hackitt puts it best when she says, “Just because somebody reels off a quote saying it's ‘elf and safety gone mad, doesn't make it true.”

    To ensure you understand your health and safety responsibilities in the workplace, why not enrol on a training course like the ones offered by Total Training Solutions. The NEBOSH General Certificate is a great overall qualification that covers all aspects of health and safety from planning to reviewing, people, manual handling, equipment and chemical hazards. The NESBOSH Fire Certificate deals with specific fire related health and safety regulations and is aimed at supervisors and nominated company fire officers.

    To book on either of these courses call the Total Training Solutions team 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com.

  • New updates from HSE

    22 May 2012

    The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is constantly reviewing and up-dating its policies and processes. During HSE’s normal activities of inspection, investigation and dealing with complaints, they will come across information that needs to be passed on either to a wide audience or to a specific group or sector of industry. HSE will use the most appropriate means to do this whether it be in the form of an information notice or through a range of media which will ensure the message is received by those who need to take action. Most information is passed on via:

    Safety Alerts
    Safety alerts are for major faults that would result in a serious or fatal injury and where immediate remedial action is required.

    Safety Notices
    A safety notice is usually issued to facilitate a change in procedure or it requires an action to be undertaken to improve the level of protection or instruction in a potentially dangerous situation. It must be acted upon within a reasonable time, if a time period is not stated. It is not as immediate as a safety alert.

    The HSE send out regular bulletins, which you can sign up to receive to communicate updates. The most recent of which details updates to the window safety for health and social care providers.
    The HSE also looks at cases of accidents in the workplace as they come to court where existing guidelines may be reviewed to see if any alterations need to be made in light of a ruling. The HSE communicate these trails on their website. One such recent case saw an electrical and mechanical contractor prosecuted because an apprentice electrician sustained serious back injuries including three fractures to his vertebrae as well as cuts and bruising, after falling through a ceiling at work.

    The case found the company had failed to carry out a specific risk assessment and failed to ensure that measures were put in place to reduce risk of a fall. After breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in relation to the accident, the company have faced a fine of £5,000 and a further £5,156 in costs.

    Following this incident the company have now put risk assessment forms in place to avoid future accidents and to make their workplace safer. This also helps them comply with relevant health and safety legislation.

    Following these sort of accidents, the HSE has recently embarked on a campaign to reduce injuries in the construction sector, where falls from heights are relatively a common occurrence.
    Within the workplace there are many dangers and employers are liable to ensure that all workers are safe from harm or aware of any dangers around them. It is also an employer’s responsibility to make sure that employees are aware of all health and safety procedures to keep accidents to a bare minimum.

    To ensure that your employees are safe or to understand what you could do to make your workforce safer, why not enrol onto one of the training courses offered by Total Training Solutions. The NEBOSH General Certificate is split into two sections and covering health & safety management and controlling workplace hazards.

    To book call the Total Training Solutions team today on 0800 612 1299 or email us at info@tts-uk.com.

  • Health and Safety

    08 November 2013

    With health and safety becoming a growing concern to corporate organisations in the 21st century, proficient training for all employees is essential. While almost all companies now provide training for shop workers, waitresses, factory workers etc, it is important to remember that workers at all levels can benefit from health and safety training. NEBOSH offers training aimed at managers, supervisors and other staff from all organisations who wish to educate themselves in health and safety and certify their knowledge.

    Total Training Solutions offer a variety of NEBOSH health and safety courses, including situation specific training as well as more general certifications such as the National General Certificate. This course is an excellent choice for those wanting a broad yet thorough overview of health and safety protocol, as it allows for further education whilst also being held in high regard as a workplace safety qualification. The qualification covers areas such as risk assessment, hazards, handling and controlling work equipment and emergency action - making it applicable to many different workplaces, suiting most organisations.

    Health and safety training carries with it a number of benefits. As well as the obvious reduced risk of injury, having a certificate in health and safety measures can also be beneficial to your business economically. A reduction in accidents results in lower staff absences and fewer payouts and legal action threats, as well as increasing productivity from workers, therefore generating greater profits. In addition, health and safety certificates are now synonymous with a reputable organisation and can result in a better relationship with investors, partners and customers. Finally, health and safety training can bring a team together, with every worker, regardless of position, looking out for one another and acknowledging the part they play in making the workplace a safer place to be.

    Investing in a health and safety course for your organisation has multiple long-term benefits for the cost of only 11 days training and an affordable fee. Our NEBOSH courses are all delivered by accredited NEBOSH training providers - so you know you’re getting the most professional certification possible for your organisation.

    If you’re interested in a general health and safety course for you, your team or your business, contact Total Training Solutions today to discuss NEBOSH’s National General Certificate. You can call us with any questions on 0800 612 1299 or contact us via our website. Alternatively, feel free to browse our course directory to view the full range of courses available.

  • Construction Certificate in Health and Safety

    15 November 2013

    Health and safety is becoming a big concern for every type of company, but even more so in construction. In fact, health and safety should be the number one concern in every aspect of construction, as the industry is prone to potential hazards and accidents. NEBOSH offers health and safety training intended for managers, supervisors, designers and construction workers in general, in compliance with the Construction Regulations of 2007.

    Construction materials, tools, machinery and handling techniques all come with their own dangers but by implementing and maintaining appropriate health and safety protocols and providing specific training to the staff in this subject, unnecessary risks will be minimized.

    A reduction in company incidents may result in an improvement in the productivity of your workers as well as having economic benefits such as fewer staff on sick leave due to injury, fewer payouts and a reduced risk of legal action. Health and safety certificates also carry some positive connotations for your business that can improve your relationship with partners, customers and investors.

    As a worker, this certificate also has multiple benefits, demonstrating your abilities in your career area as well as laying the ground for a possible future career in health and safety. To potential employers, a NEBOSH certificate demonstrates professionalism and skill, and to potential customers, an ability to finish a job effectively with minimal risk to others on site.

    Total Training Solutions offers the NEBOSH National Construction Certificate, as accepted by IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) and IIRSM (The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management), for an affordable price, so you know your new qualification is accredited and recognised worldwide.

    There is simply no excuse for slacking or cutting corners when it comes to health and safety in construction. An affordable investment in 12 days of training will reward you with numerous long term benefits. If you’re interested in our Health and Safety Construction Certificate for your team or your business, contact Total Training Solutions today to discuss NEBOSH’s Construction Certificate, or visit our course catalogue to see what else is available. You can call us with any questions on 0800 612 1299 or contact us via our website.

  • Fire Health and Safety

    25 November 2013

    It is the duty of all managerial and supervisory staff to ensure an organisation is covered in the event of a fire. This involves knowing correct protocol, making sure staff members are aware of how to react in the event of a fire, and being able to carry out risk assessments and spotting potential hazards or where protective measures may be required.

    Fire is one danger which all organisations, businesses and companies need to be prepared for, which is why Total Training Solution offer the NEBOSH Fire Certificate. The qualification is delivered by Phoenix Health and Safety, an accredited NEBOSH provider, so you know that you, your colleagues or your employees are getting the most professional certification possible.

    By preparing your staff to react correctly in the event of a fire, your company or organisation will avoid many personal injuries and material damages. However in addition to these obvious benefits, investing in this specific fire safety qualification for you or your workers may also result in reduced economic outgoings. Fewer days lost from staff on sick leave, fewer payouts and fewer expenses for repairing the damage caused by fire at your place of work will aid your organisation economically, potentially saving you money in the long-term.

    The NEBOSH Fire Certificate from Total Training Solutions is also a potential benefit for people wishing to move higher up the career ladder. Managers and supervisors now spend a lot of time on health and safety, and having a prior knowledge of this can give you the upper hand. Furthermore, if you own your own company, a fire safety certificate can add value to your business, demonstrating professionalism and proactivity in the event of an emergency - a desirable trait if your job involves working in people’s homes, such as building, contracting or electrical work.

    There is no excuse to not provide your workers a good quality fire training when it will result in a safer workplace. An affordable investment in 5 days of training will make a big difference and reward you with numerous long term benefits.

    If you’re interested in a Fire Certificate for you, your team or your business, contact Total Training Solutions today to discuss NEBOSH’s Fire Certificate. You can call us with any questions on 0800 612 1299 or contact us via our website. Alternatively, feel free to browse our course directory to view the full range of courses available.

  • Who benefits from health and safety training?

    02 December 2013

     As previously discussed, health and safety is an increasingly important factor for every kind of business. From the more obvious such as construction workers, electricians or chefs to the less obvious shops and offices, every organisation must now take into account health and safety protocol. This results in less accidents, less compensation claims, and can even save the company money. But who can benefit from a certificate such as NEBOSH and why is it worth the investment?

    People in authority roles within an organisation such as managers, supervisors and directors can always use health and safety training. By having a more rounded knowledge of potential accidents and how to prevent them, a NEBOSH certificate could make your job easier. Reducing accidents from your team and improving efficiency will not only make the organisation run much smoother but also act as a reflection on you as an authority figure. Fewer outgoing costs due to fewer accidents results in a higher profit, which is always noticed by superiors.

    Manual workers also benefit from this training. Increased awareness of how to do a job as safely as possible can increase productivity and decrease the potential for an accident, which could potentially put you out of work for several weeks or months. A health and safety qualification from NEBOSH is also a great addition to any CV. Potential employers will know that not only are you aware of how to act in a responsible and safe manner in the workplace, but also be confident that you are not at risk of becoming involved in an accident due to negligence.

    However, the people who attain the certificate are not the only people to benefit. Customers or clients will also profit from a more health and safety conscious work place. Shop customers will be less likely to be hurt due to mistakes made by members of staff, and clients of electricians, construction workers, decorators, plumbers etc. will have peace of mind that the person working on their property is sufficiently qualified and unlikely to hurt themselves or anybody else on site.

    Total Training Solutions offer a number of NEBOSH health and safety certificates, delivered by accredited NEBOSH training providers, so you know you’re getting the best quality professional training. If you want to learn more about the NEBOSH courses we provide, you can find them here. Alternatively, feel free to browse our course directory for information about other available qualifications. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us on 0800 612 1299, or you can contact us via our website.

  • NEBOSH Revision Aids – The Options Explained

    08 September 2016

    Passing any exam can be a daunting prospect especially if it’s been a while since you last sat one. Passing NEBOSH examinations can be even more challenging as learning significant amounts of Health & Safety information can be a gruelling task.

    One way of increasing your chances of success is varying the way you study. It has been shown that when committing information to your long term memory differing the way you learn from audio and visual sources benefits greatly. Reading pages and pages of course material can be limiting but combining this with audiobooks and online course modules makes learning more interactive and engaging.

    Downloading the audiobooks couldn’t be similar. It gives you access to all the up to date course material in audio form, enabling you to study where and when you have some share time.

    Whilst making use of online e-learning revision resources gives an interactive element to your study. With activities and quizzes to consolidate knowledge gained, bitesize revision material aids learning through interactive summarises of the course. It also walks you through the types of questions used in the exam, showing you the question signpost you should look out for and helpful tips and tricks to perform well.

    All in all by using a range of study resources you can give yourself the best chance of passing that exam.

    If you need to upgrade your NEBOSH skills we offer a comprehensive range of training courses. You can find out more about our complete range via our website, including the NEBOSH General Certificate. Please call us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.


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