Nearly all workplace have instigated health and safety training as part of their standard regulation and practise. Normal working offices would have a first appointed person in First Aid, a Fire Marshall and a Health and Safety trained officer. All offices and other places of employment should have a Health and Safety at Work Regulation Act of 1999 posted on the wall, so that all staff members are able to view this freely. However, not all staff would need to be trained on a course and will only need to have basic knowledge of this.
For businesses to provide health and safety training via an external agency, it is important for them to gain the right tuition from the right company and to invest in the right course. This can be done simply through researching the various agencies that can provide health and safety training, with a view to accredit each candidate with a certificate of completion. Those who are on the course to become a qualified officer usually take part in the course for a week or longer, completing an exam at the end of the course.
There are ways of sourcing out the best courses for staffs, is to research the agencies you are interested in enrolling with and finding out as much as you can about the course they provide for you. One thing you should look out for with all providers is whether they offer courses which have been accredited, approved and developed by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). This is an independent non-profit organisation which sets the professional standards for all health and safety matters, and is a worldwide renowned body encompassing 35,000 members with over a third of these being charted practitioners.
In order for businesses to keep up with the changing laws of health and safety practises at work, it is vital that they keep up-to-date in the changes that may have taken place in the course they put their staff in. This may also mean that management would need to take part in the same course. It is also important to remember that the kind of training you provide will affect your staff greatly. Choosing an introductory course will help staff to get a better understanding of the importance of safety at work, even when they least expect it.
At the end of the course staff should be awarded the IOSH accredited Work Safety certificate, that covers all of the modules that has been studied on the course. Depending upon the size of the company, you may have the course set up for the entire staff in the office or for a specific few.