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What is Health and Safety training?

your employees receive appropriate health and safety training. It gives
advice on who may need training, what form the training may take and how
to organise it. The leaflet will also be useful to employees and their
representatives.
What is training?
Training means helping people to learn how to do something, telling people what
they should or should not do, or simply giving them information. Training isn’t just
about formal ‘classroom’ courses.
Why provide health and safety training?
Providing health and safety information and training helps you to:
■ ensure that people who work for you know how to work safely and without
risks to health;
■ develop a positive health and safety culture, where safe and healthy working
becomes second nature to everyone;
■ meet your legal duty to protect the health and safety of your employees.
Effective training:

■ will contribute towards making your employees competent in health and safety;
■ can help your business avoid the distress that accidents and ill health cause;
■ can help you avoid the financial costs of accidents and occupational ill health,
such as damaged products, lost production and demotivated staff. Don’t forget
that your insurance might not cover all these costs. For information on business
insurance.
The law

your employees receive appropriate health and safety training. It gives
advice on who may need training, what form the training may take and how
to organise it. The leaflet will also be useful to employees and their
representatives.
What is training?
Training means helping people to learn how to do something, telling people what
they should or should not do, or simply giving them information. Training isn’t just
about formal ‘classroom’ courses.

Why provide health and safety training?
Providing health and safety information and training helps you to:
■ ensure that people who work for you know how to work safely and without
risks to health;
■ develop a positive health and safety culture, where safe and healthy working
becomes second nature to everyone;
■ meet your legal duty to protect the health and safety of your employees.
Effective training:
■ will contribute towards making your employees competent in health and safety;
■ can help your business avoid the distress that accidents and ill health cause;
■ can help you avoid the financial costs of accidents and occupational ill health,
such as damaged products, lost production and demotivated staff. Don’t forget
that your insurance might not cover all these costs. For information on business
insurance.

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 requires you to provide whatever
information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as
is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of your employees.

This is expanded by the Management of Health and Safety at Work
Regulations 1999, which identify situations where health and safety training is
particularly important, eg when people start work, on exposure to new or increased
risks and where existing skills may have become rusty or need updating.
Like many employers, you may not be in a position to provide this training on your
own, in which case you will need competent help. If possible, you should appoint
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one or more of your employees.
The Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 and
the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996
require you to consult your employees, or their representatives, on health and
safety issues. Representatives appointed under either of these sets of regulations
are entitled to time off with pay for training in their duties. For more details on this
see: www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l146.htm
The Health and Safety (Training for Employment) Regulations 1990 ensure
that learners doing work experience are covered by health and safety law.