Thursday 16 July 2020
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Don’t Neglect Health and Safety Obligations

Each day carries its own demands and time pressures and it can be easy for management and team leaders to postpone or neglect their duties regarding health and safety and food hygiene, from audits to training.

You may choose to believe that as every employee receives health and safety training at the start of their employment (this is a legal requirement) that your team is well trained and aware of how to ensure a safe working environment and minimise risks. Perhaps it is convenient to leave in-house food, health and safety auditing on the list of outstanding tasks indefinitely as you focus on profit columns, customer volumes and bookings.

Ignorance, an inability to create time, a lack of in-house food safety and health and safety auditing activities and failing to identify gaps in knowledge will not be deemed adequate excuses if an incident occurs.

Neglecting health and safety obligations subjects your workers and customers to avoidable risks. You may be busy today but how will your conscience fare tomorrow when you realise that other people’s wellbeing has been affected by management inaction?

Health and safety training is an expenditure but if you compare this to the consequences of an incident, subsequent legal action and compensation claims, the cost of ensuring that every member of your team is up to date in knowledge and best practices is a wise investment.

Leading firms including the London based Food Alert offer a range of accredited health and safety and food safety courses for all levels of employment.

Some health and safety and food hygiene courses take just a few hours, others last for a day or more, can be online or in a classroom setting.

The peace of mind that comes with health and safety certification and knowing that effective health and safety auditing practices are in place shouldn’t be forsaken.

The level 2 CIEH Health and Safety training course summary:

  • Basic health and safety procedures.
  • The value of health & safety.
  • Its integration in to your business.
  • The responsibilities of employers and employees under health and safety legislation.
  • Hazards, risks and the main causes of harm to workers.
  • The importance of following systems, procedures and rules to prevent accidents.
  • How individual actions can reduce risks to health & safety.
  • Understand hazards and ill-health effects associated with specific work activities and processes.
  • How equipment/task design affects health & safety.

The CIEH level 3 course, tailored for supervisors upwards, contents:

  • Understand health & safety legislation.
  • How to report and investigate accidents.
  • Understand ill health in the workplace.
  • Learn more about legal provisions.
  • Understand the roles of managers, supervisors and PPE.
  • Welfare, conflict, motivation, staff hiring, first aid and emergency procedures.
  • Fire safety and explosion, electricity risks, working at height, work equipment, risks of hazardous substances.
  • Manual handling
  • Supervise health & safety, possess knowledge and practical expertise.
  • Implement, maintain and monitor good standards of health and safety.

People trust you with their health and wellbeing. Please don’t disappoint them.

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