Health Education and Training

Health Education and Training

An example of a health and safety training course in action

The need for health education and training has never been more imperative as it is today. With an ever-expanding range of legislation, guidelines, requirements, mandatory targets, rules, regulations, and the subsequent fines and possible criminal prosecutions that may entail for any breaches mean it is vital for managers and employees of companies to be fully versed in relevant aspects of health and safety.

The moral, legal and financial requirements and consequences of an accident or incident occuring in a place of work means that not only is health and safety training for staff members essential, but so too is performing accident investigations into both actual accidents and near-misses to determine what happened and learn for the future.

What Education and Training is Available?

Health and safety education and training comes in a variety of different formats, lengths, levels, and - of course - prices. Whilst price may be a consideration for many managers when searching around for training providers, remember that as with most things in life you get what you pay for, and cheapest is highly unlikely to be the best. Remember too that as a manager the responsibility for organising and providing the training for your staff members lies with you, and you will be the subject of any investigation that may be started in the case of an accident or incident occurring, which may include criminal prosecution. As a result, proceeding with inadequate training on the cheap is not recommended for your future prosperity or liberty!

Health and safety training usually falls into two categories:

  • Accredited general safety qualifications from an awarding body such as the NEBOSH National General Certificate for example
  • Bespoke courses on a particular subject matter
  • Differences Between Accredited and Bespoke Training

    Accredited health and safety training describes a health and safety course/qualification which is provided by a training provider and is accredited by an awarding body such as NEBOSH, IOSH or the British Safety Council for example. Only reputable health and safety training providers like Associated Training which can be found at which have been pre-approved by the awarding body to provide their courses are entitled to do so. These accredited courses and qualifications usually cover a general syllabus of the primary health and safety risks which face employees at work, and are of a standard which ensures that they are respected, recognised and held in high-regard with both current and potential employers alike.

    Whilst accredited courses typically provide a generalised overview of many different risks, bespoke training courses are normally focused on and drill down into much more detail regarding a particular subject area. This is where employees need to learn about a particular risk in detail, often because it is much more prevalent and is a likely occurrence at their place of work, for example COSHH training which deals with the risks from hazardous substances will be of particular necessity for workers in a chemical manufacturing company, although hazardous substances are present in just about every single workplace on the planet. Often this is likely to be far more beneficial and more conducive for preventing an accident that a generic, general safety course.

    Health and Safety NVQs

    NVQ Qualifications in Occupational Health and Safety are respected qualifications which do not require a person to attend a classroom-based training course at a particular location, as the work of evidence collection is performed as they go about their normal workplace role. They do rely on the individual being in a suitable job role to collect such evidence though, as well as some existing health and safety knowledge so that they know what they are looking for and understand certain topics such as health and safety issues and policies for example. To read a little more about health and Safety NVQs please click here.