IMPORTANCE OF HEALTH AND SAFETY TRAINING IN THE WORKPLACE

Accidents happen in workplaces, we have to accept that fact, however we can do more to reduce them in the workplace. There are several factors that lead to unexpected accidents. There can be mechanical faults, power problems, and carelessness of the employees, which can lead to an accident. However, in many cases, it has been found that the lack of training or awareness of the employee is the reason behind the accident. It is quite a common factor that the lack of awareness, training and experience of the employee to handle the situation has led to the accident or has even increased the severity of the accident. Therefore, if you want to reduce the severity of the accident or want to stop the accident altogether, you need to ensure your employees are well-trained and familiar with Health and Safety.

There are several reasons for which Health and safety training in the workplace is beneficial in all work environments such as offices, industrial units, schools, construction sites, factories and even shops.

If employees have a completed Health and Safety training courses they will be in a better position to deal with the hazards in the working environment. As the employees are trained for your particular work hazards, they will keep cool and composed in the time of crisis. They will use their experience, training and skills when dealing with the situation. In this way, they will be able to minimize the risks to others and also the working environment. We can’t stop accidents happening but we can certainly reduce them and minimize the consequences of the accidents.

All workers should be trained and familiar with your company’s policies, procedures and potential dangers. If they do not have suitable instruction, training and supervision, you as a business have not fulfilled your obligations.

Health and Safety training is not just to protect your employees, it is equally important for you the employer. It makes good business sense financially to have good safety standards, training programs, safe systems of work and supervision.

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PAT TESTING IN SCHOOLS

The definition of a portable appliance is anything that has a cable and cord and goes to an outlet plate, in fact we have 6 degrees of portable!

Hand Held, Stationary, Moveable, IT, Portable and Fixed!

Portable appliances can include such items as kettles, vacuum and floor cleaners, electric drills, extension leads, heaters, fans, and televisions. Also items of equipment that can be moved but whose typical usage doesn’t involve movement, such as photocopiers, fax machines and desktop computers and many more.

Then there the items that usually get over looked, the hand dryer in the bathroom has a cable and cord, because this is screwed to the wall does this mean it can never go wrong, does it mean it can never be damaged?

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is an important part of ensuring school safety. You like any business also have to comply with The Health and Safety at Work Act (HASAWA), The Provision and Use of Work Equipment (PUWER), The Electricity at Work Regulations and so on…

 

Don’t forget you also just want to provide a safe school for students, teachers and visitors.

 

Many schools we find get a company in each year and test everything, when your typical secondary school has circa 9,000 items the cost of this can get very expensive.

 

There are lots of false facts with PAT testing in Schools.

 

Myth #1: All electrical equipment needs testing each year.

Wrong.  It depends on what the item is, who uses it and how often it is moved. By testing every appliance every year can lead to a lot of over PAT testing and wasted money and time.

 

Myth #2: It will take a long time to test everything in the school.

If you have a proper risked based scheme where appliances are tested a suitable and sufficient intervals you will be using your valuable time and money where it matters. Many schools we train have various technicians, maintenance staff and other departments undertaking the PAT testing in their area only. This spreads out the work load to more manageable amounts.

 

Myth #3: I need an electrician to PAT test equipment.

Wrong. With appropriate training, knowledge and common sense PAT testing maintenance and inspections can be carried out by a competent and trained member of staff.

The most important part of a PAT test is the visual inspection of the cables, plugs and the equipment itself for signs of damage. Using a PAT test machine is important but with today’s modern machine this can be a simple process. Some of them only have 3 buttons!

 

Myth #4: PAT Tester and PAT Training is expensive.

This is certainly not the case, we charge £357+VAT to come to your school and train up to 3 people to PAT test (Only £60 per person after the first 3).

A Modern simple tester and be purchased for around £278.

So your initial outlay is only £635+VAT, let’s compare this with the annual PAT testing bill of 9,000 items at let’s say 80p per item, total cost: £7,200.

That is a massive first year saving of £6,565 and best of all you continue to save this every year thereafter.

In conclusion, PAT testing is a necessary part of Health and Safety compliance in your school. With a little bit of knowledge, training, and common sense, it can be readily incorporated into your school management routine, and carried out by an existing members of staff.

in house pat test in schools

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BENEFITS OF MANUAL HANDLING TRAINING FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Contrary to popular opinion, manual handling is not just limited to lifting and carrying of loads. It also involves pulling, pushing, lowering loads as well as pulling levers and operating power tools. Manual handling training courses are meant to help workers carry out such manual tasks safely. Such training involves determining which manual tasks need to be avoided or reduced as well as how the work place layout can be better organized to reduce the possibility of work place injuries occurring. There are many benefits to employees as well as employers going through manual handling training courses. Here are some of these benefits.

Increased Work Place Safety

The primary role of the training courses is increase work place safety. The work place often has many physical activities going on. Most of these tasks are usually harmless. However, there are others that are potentially dangerous. These can cause serious injuries and even deaths. If such an unfortunate incident happens, the impact to the uninjured worker, friends and family can be devastating. The workers, morale and productivity are likely to reduce. In some cases, some employees might decide to quit. The greatest impact, however, is likely to be on family members. If the injured member is a breadwinner and is unable to work, the emotional and financial devastation suffered by other family members is likely to be tremendous. Through manual handling training courses, serious work place injuries can reduce significantly because employees are better trained in handling loads that would cause serious injuries if poorly handled.

Reduction of Cost

As a business owner, any time an employee is absent from work due to injuries the business loses money because work that would have been done by that employee is left undone. In addition, the business is likely to foot medical bills of injured employees. Constant injuries at your work place can also increase insurance premiums you take for your employees. The biggest cost, however, is often worker compensation. Even with insurance cover, worker compensation can have a significant negative impact on the finances of the business. This is particularly the case when litigation is involved. Even if the insurance company finally pays the injured worker, the other costs involved is not covered and is often very high.

As the above benefits show, the importance of these training courses cannot be ignored. Not only are such courses critical for the safety of workers at the work place but they can also save the employer lots of money in compensation and litigation  of injured workers. With few or no injuries at all at the work place, the morale and productivity of workers is likely to increase. Employees will also be absent from work less frequently and worker turnover significantly reduced. All these create a good image for the company which plays a major role in the success of any business. Investing in these training courses is, therefore, is  an investment in the health and safety of your workers and your business.

SAVE ON YOUR PAT TESTING COSTS

Are you looking to save on your PAT testing costs? well if so you are in good company. Lots of companies just like yours are getting competent members of staff trained to conduct the function of PAT testing themselves in-house and either saving money or adding another income stream to the business.

We have clients that include AXA, Kellogs, BBC, Dynorod, MOD, RSPCA and Cancer Research to name but a few.

SO WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Quite simply reducing business costs. Training at our sites starts from as little as £165 +VAT per candidate or we could come to you (our most popular option), from as little as £495 +VAT and includes training for up to 5 people.

Get your equipment tested at more convenient times, when it suits your business and not your hired PAT tester.

Spread the function of PAT testing throughout the year, limiting the amount of business downtime and ensuring no items have been missed.

Keep control of what is PAT tested and when they are tested.

Have a more risk based approach to your testing. Not all items have to be tested every year!

Have more competent members of staff within the business that can ensure business compliance and safety throughout the year.

BUT DON’T YOU HAVE TO BE AN ELECTRICIAN TO DO PAT TESTING?

Absolutely not, the HSE guides state you need to be a competent person that has had sufficient training, our course covers the training and we will assess our candidates as competent when they have passed the course.

You rarely find an electrician that does PAT testing, there is usually much more lucrative and interesting work elsewhere for them to do, you are more than likely going to get a trainee or a competently trained non-electrician.

The most important part of any PAT test is the visual inspection, ensuring there is no obvious physical damage, correct fuse and appropriate use of equipment, of course our training will provide all the skills and knowledge to allow the candidate to be competent in making these decisions. There will be some technical training, however modern PAT testers are relatively simple.

We offer our courses to electrically trained staff but also non electrically trained staff, there is no prerequisite for any previous experience or knowledge. We will cover everything needed within the course.

SUMMARY

For most businesses, it is now a ‘no-brainer’ to conduct your PAT testing yourself.

As a business you want your items safe, you want to ensure you can prove you are complying with the HSE regs and the relevant codes of practice and of course you want to be able to show you are doing ‘everything reasonably practicable’.

Our course at your site or our venues can ensure you comply, your items are safe and best of all you have done this in the most economical way for your business. It is surely a ‘win win’ scenario.

Hopefully we have answered a few of your questions here, please feel free to look around our site alternatively please give us a call 01793 497181 or complete our contact form and we will get back to you.

BENEFITS OF COSHH TRAINING COURSES

COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) is a law controlling the substances injurious to health. The law requires employers working with dangerous materials that they would not pose a risk to the health of employees or to the environment. This is a very important aspect of maintaining safety in the workplace because far too many industries emit, use or handle hazardous substances than one is aware.

COSHH training gives an employer or their representative all the information regarding how to handle hazardous substances and their disposal. Beginning with information on what substances are hazardous, what health risks they can pose, how to prevent this risk, providing measures to minimize health risks, and providing basic training to all the employees and contractors so that everyone knows how to avoid risks and thus create a hazard-free workplace, which can only be to everyone’s benefit.

There are many benefits of adopting the COSHH training courses for employees. But a few of them stand out. Apart from benefiting individuals related to the organisation, this training also helps the company.

Reduction of health risks and accidents

The training gives information regarding hazardous materials and how to handle them, as well as instruction on their storage and disposal. COSHH seek to deal with both short-term and long term health risks to employees, thus bringing about healthier workplaces in the UK. Diseases like cancer, respiratory problems, skin diseases, physiological malfunctions can be reduced. It also plays a role in reducing the risk of accidents in the workplace.

Reduction of expenses

With a strong safety net in place, there is a definite lowering in the cost of running an enterprise which deals with hazardous substances. Fewer accidents means lesser compensation to be made to claimants. This also reduces the number of legal cases that can be a result of workplace injuries. A streamlined and regulated process for dealing with dangerous substances is a direct reduction on costs incurred on dealing with the problems that arise in the handling of these substances.

Increased productivity

A healthier and happier work force means better overall productivity. Fewer workplace induced health problems have a direct impact on productivity. There are fewer sick leaves taken, lesser time spent on fighting for right to basic health in the workplace, and an increased sense of camaraderie with the company and fellow employees.

Better corporate image

The company’s public image also shows an improvement when they begin to implement COSHH techniques in the daily management of their processes. Undertaking responsibility in reducing health hazards caused by dangerous substances gives the company a good reputation for corporate responsibility among investors, suppliers, and customers alike. The perceived environmental benefits of the training also gives a boost to the company’s image.

In short, there are many benefits for undertaking COSHH training courses for employees. It doesn’t just help in fulfilling legal obligations, but also results in a much better workplace, which leads to a more profitable company.