Health and Safety Training

What Are Employers’ Training Responsibilities?

Many employers provide compulsory training in a variety of areas, including customer service, human relations, communication skills and more. These are advisable in the running of your business but one of the most vital pieces of training above all of these areas is safety training. The Health and Safety Executive reports that on average 200 people a year are killed in work related accidents, health and safety training helps reduce the risk of avoidable accidents.

All employers have a responsibility to keep their employees as safe as possible in the work place, this is a legal duty. One aspect of adhering to this legal requirement is the provision of health and safety training for employees. The law outlines situations to employers in which training is specifically important, e.g. for new employees, when new risks are introduced to the workplace and to update existing knowledge. In any circumstance an employer is tied to “provide whatever information, instruction, training and supervision is necessary to ensure, so far is as reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of…employees.” Furthermore, all training sessions must be provided during an employee’s paid working hours.


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