Matthew Pinto-Chilcott, Owner of Consensus HR comments: “it is great to see that the Health & Safety Executive are now up with the times in relation to technology and are providing some HSE podcasts for business owners to listen to such as their latest two shown below, Manual Handling in construction and work-related stress mental health and Working Minds. These are only two of their very important subjects when it comes to Health & Safety and the podcasts are interesting and an informative listen. They also have podcasts of a range of other Health & Safety subjects such as COSHH, DSE etc with quizzes to go with them. These are a great starting point for your employees / company’s knowledge but would also highly recommend training, discussions / demonstrations from Health & Safety professionals to ensure full understanding and practice within your industry.
Within my HR and management experience, we always ensured that the Health & Safety basics were taught to new team members at induction with the company. Subjects included:
- Manual Handling
- Display Screen Equipment
- Control of Substances subject to Health – COSHH
- Fire training
- Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
- Risk Assessments
- Personal Protective Equipment – PPE
- Accident book and reporting of accidents – First Aid Training
Amongst many food hygiene regulations due to the industry, I worked in. Businesses need to ensure that using Risk Assessments and sector requirements that the appropriate HSE development is required as when within Utilities, additional health and safety training / development was required such as working at heights, Abrasive wheels, ladder training etc.
As part of our regular blogs, we have started to write many health & safety blogs with key information from the HSE and their findings which have resulted in serious injuries and deaths of employees and cannot emphasise enough the importance of getting this right with the team.”