Health and Safety Courses

Preventing violence,assualt and threatening behaviour

Everyone has the right to work in an environment free from violence and abuse. However, many incidents go unreported and this just adds to the stress and suffering of individuals.

It can be a difficult issue to confront and many employers are unaware of the true extent of the problem. However, there is much to be gained when leaders tackle these difficult issues

By attending our course students will will learn about

  • the extent of the problem and who is at risk
  • the causes of aggressive behaviour and how to combat them
  • keeping the workforce safe and providing support
  • dealing with service users and training staff to safely handle conflict
  • transforming the culture to zero tolerance
  • communicating culture shifts to all parties

Behavioural based safety

Human error is the cause of the overwhelming majority of workplace accidents. In addition young, inexperieced and poorly trained workers are disproportionately involved with safety failures. However, behavioural based programmes aimed at improving safety records sharply divide opinion. Its advocates make great promises for its efficacy but gloss over its potential pitfalls. Its opponents dismiss it as a scam that shifts blame and responsibility on to individual workers and yet retains power at the very top of the organisation. We can provide you with an objective and impartial overview on the pros and cons on the various initiatives. 

 By coming on our course you will learn about 

  • human interaction in safety
  • the role of human error in accidents and safety failures
  • why most behavioural approaches fail
  • safe systems of work and the hierarchy of controls
  • ergonomics and human factors
  • deploying some industrial psychology to  build sustainable safety solutions

Countering stress and promoting good mental health

It is now becoming recognised how important good mental health is within the workforce to all organisations. Yet it is still a challenge to persuade employers to act and take the necessary measures to counter stress and promote a more positive culture. Also the commercial, legal and ethical case for doing so is overwhelming and everybody benefits from a stress free environment

By attending our course students will learn about

  • the extent of the problem at work and at large in society
  • how to build a stress free environment
  • how to spot the signals, sick absence, turnover and other indicators
  • stress-based risk assessment 
  • personal injury claims
  • providing help and support for those encountering mental health issues

Asbestos awareness

Asbestos is often considered to be a hazard of yesteryear. Yet last year over 5000 people died of asbestos related conditions-more than were killed on the roads, and this figure is still increasing.  There is a need for general awareness of the hazards and the remedial action to take within the workplace.

By attending our course students will learn about

  • the different types of asbestos and acms and their comparative risks and hazards
  • how to raise employee awareness
  • action plan on discovering  acms
  • containment v removal
  • surveys and inspections 

Making risk assessment manageable

Good risk assessment is a proven technique to improve safety at work. However, it can often become a complicated and beureaucratic process. 

This course can help streamline the management of the process and can also form the first day of training for risk assessors.  By attending the course students will learn about

  • the difference between risk and hazard
  • comparing some risk scoring systems
  • defining and selecting competent persons 
  • the five step process
  • comparing and contrasting safety inspections and risk assessment
  • using accident and safety records and statistics to quantify risk
  • gender specific and maternity risk assessment
  • task,load and environmental analysis
  • individuals,ergonomics and human factors
  • equality impact analysis

Accident investigation

There is much to be learnt from thorough investigation of each accident yet it is an activity that even experienced line managers and safety professionals sometimes feel ill-equipped to conduct in a systemic manner. Here is an opportunity to increase competence and confidence with our full-day workshop.

By coming on our course students will learn about

  • root cause analysis:primary, scondary,tertiary and higher levels
  • the black-box approach
  • investigation using the pip action cycle
  • using the five whys to get better outcomes
  • personal injury claims
  • dealing with external agencies
  • involving employees and their representatives