The benefits of corporate health and safety training

Employers that invest in workplace safety and health can expect to reduce fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. This will result in cost savings in a variety of areas, such as lowering workers' compensation costs and medical expenses, avoiding penalties, and reducing costs to train replacement employees and conduct accident investigations. In addition, employers often find that changes made to improve workplace safety and health can result in significant improvements to their organization's productivity, financial performance and return on investment.

The following resources provide background on the economic benefits of workplace safety and health and how safety personnel and others may demonstrate the value of safety and health to management.

Training your staff

Training your staff is good for your business and good for your workforce.

Good for your business

Health and Safety Training can improve business performance, profit and staff morale. Advantages to your business include:

  • You choose what safety skills your workforce will gain from, targeting skills to meet the needs of your operation for now and in the future
  • Training your staff on health and safety can result in better customer service, better work safety practices and productivity improvements in projects
  • You demonstrate to your workforce that you value their lives enough to invest in them, improving loyalty and staff retention. In turn, retention is a savings to you.

Good for your workers

Health and Safety Training has many benefits for your staff:

  • they acquire new safety skills, increasing their contribution to the profit of the business and building their self-esteem in maintaining zero accidents and injury at workplace.
  • the training they do can take them into other positions within the organization – positions with better prospects for the benefit of the company
  • they’re upskilled to do new and different tasks on best practices and standard, which keeps them motivated and fresh to move the company forward
  • because they’re being trained on your time, they see that you value their career enough to invest in them. A good company is seen as one that retrains rather than churns.

There are various certificate courses that workers in any industry can avail of. For those who simply want a broad understanding of health and safety principles, a suitable first step is the OSHAssociation UK International General Certificate (such as officer Course, supervisor course, manager course, etc). These courses can be taken by workers in all industries and it also serves as an introduction to more specialised safety training, such as the OSH Oil and Gas Certificate, OSH Construction Certificate, etc from OSHAssociation UK. Other courses for occupational safety and health include single courses like PPE, confined space, scaffolding, introduction to safety, hazard and risk management, etc.

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Key Facts on Corporate Training

No matter how small or large a company is, workers in all fields of industry face workplace dangers that can threaten their health and safety. In some industries, such as in the mining and oil industries, the dangers can be evident: exposure to harmful chemicals, fires, explosions and breakdown of machinery are just some of the health risk that workers in these fields face every single working day.

For other fields of business, however, the dangers may not be as obvious: working in an office or a restaurant may seem harmless, but poor ergonomics, food contamination and psychological stress can also cause health problems that can hamper productivity. Because hazards are present in all types of industries, it’s essential for companies to provide health and safety training for their workers and to update this knowledge on a regular basis.

Educating workers on the basics of occupational health and safety can help reduce workplace accidents and injuries, saving companies from costly legal battles with employees and lifelong support for their families. In addition, prioritising the safety of your personnel can keep them from leaving the job because of work-related illness, keeping financial losses secondary to lack of skilled workers at a minimum.

Apart from the obvious legal and financial benefits that come with giving health and safety instruction to employees, businesses can also enjoy enhanced productivity and satisfaction among personnel by keeping the workplace safe. It’s important to note that employees in a safe work environment can focus better on their tasks, simply because they do not have to worry as much about their personal safety. This enhanced focus will eventually lead to better work output and quality, ultimately increasing productivity and consequently, the company’s profits in the long run.

Employees who are confident of their safety at work also tend to be more satisfied with their employers — and it goes without saying that this increase in employee morale will also boost productivity. Employers who take measures to keep their workers safe are also more likely to earn the loyalty of employees, and as such, highly valuable skilled workers are less likely to leave and transfer to other companies.

Remember that contractors who work for you part-time should also be included, and needs to be trained to identify hazards and risks they may face in the workplace. They should also know the measures in place to deal with such incidents and be able to follow the outlined emergency procedures.

As a business, the reasons for offering a comprehensive health and safety plan with sound employee training in place cannot be understated, and no business can actually afford to shortchange its employees in this vital area. Not only do you avoid unnecessary incidents, but you also reduce expenses such as claims and premiums, while vastly improving your public image.

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