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Health and Safety in the workplace

Health and safety in the workplace is an important topic, one that cannot be glossed over. Without the appropriate measures, guidelines and training, in-place, an employer may become liable to litigation. 

Both the employer and the employee are responsible for workplace health and safety, more so the employer. For example, if running a construction site, it’s the employer’s job to ensure all employees have the appropriate health and safety training, alongside knowing how to do their job correctly, reducing their risk of injury on the job. 

This short article will discuss everything you need to know about workplace health and safety, beginning with why it’s important and finishing with a little information about online training in health and safety.

Why is health and safety important in the workplace?

General health and safety training, in an ideal world would be given to all employees. Sometimes, although employers do not require this training, some workers decide to undergo this training themselves for safety reasons. This also makes some applicants more applicable over others when applying for certain roles, and thus is something to keep in mind. 

Without health and safety training in place, more accidents would occur, especially in physical lines of work such as construction or warehouse operating. Health and safety training covers a wide range of topics, including how to correctly lift heavy objects, how to operate basic equipment, and what to do in an emergency. 

The more employees who are appropriately trained in health and safety, the safer your workplace as a whole.

The benefits of online training courses for health and safety

Many employers are turning to online courses for different forms of training, including health and safety. There are numerous benefits to online training, of which include:

  • Can complete the modules on your own schedule
  • Reduced travel expenses 
  • Increased accessibility 

These are just three of the most beneficial bullet points; however, will be discussed in more detail below.

Can complete the modules on your own schedule

With online training, you can complete the modules on your own schedule. For example, you can administer online health and safety training to your employees, perhaps with a deadline of two weeks. As different members of staff work different shifts, this provides them with the time to complete this on their own schedule – it’s convenient. 

Reduced travel expenses 

Unlike regular training (in-person), online training only requires an internet connection and the willingness to learn. This helps businesses save money on travel expenses, cutting costs and allocating funds to more important matters.

Increased accessibility 

Finally, online training is greater accessible compared to regular training. Anyone can partake in these modules, in any line of work with little to no disruption to their schedule. For example, if one employee can only dedicate 30-minutes a day to online training, that’s 30-minutes more than they previously could have, especially when travel, time, expenses, and other constraints are concerned.


If you would like to find out more about online health and safety training, including how to enrol , click here.

PD Training are a professional training company based in Berkshire, but serving businesses nationwide. We provide practical (face to face) training and online training in Health and Safety, Plant Equipment and Material Handling Vehicles and Equipment.

For more information about our training, contact us on 01344 830015.

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