10 Steps to Health and Safety - 6 Training
Organisations have a legal duty to provide training to staff in order to undertake their jobs safely.
Traditionally training is seen as specified training courses but could include inductions, fire drills and toolbox talks.
You should identify the training needs required for people to undertake their roles. It may benefit you to establish a core competencies schedule or having a training matrix.
Identify who needs training and what type of training is needed. There maybe statutory training required to undertake certain task along with industry specific training requirements e.g. if using MEWP’s then IPAF may be required.
The HSE and industry representative bodies have produced guidance on training. You should also identify the requirements for refresher training to maintain training. Refresher training can be delivered as part of industry training schemes but also in-house training such as toolbox talks. Always check what is the acceptable to ensure staff remain competent.
Training should be carefully considered as staff training generally requires time away from undertaking normal duties and therefor additional cover will be required. Courses can be expenses and should be budgeted for in financial forecasts along with paying for staff to attend courses. Additional staff may be required to cover when staff are on training courses.