What types of Health and Safety training do your staff really need?

In your efforts to keep employees safe at work, you will invest in many different health and safety measures, of which health and safety training will often be a priority but what types of training do your staff really need?




1 Induction training

Whenever a new employee starts or a member of staff swaps their role to another department or process, they should receive induction training. This lays out the basics of the workplace and how things are done, important information that people need to have and to understand.

2 Refresher training

Health and safety training is not a one-off. The hazards and risks in a workplace change all the time as a result of various factors including natural hazards as well as when new machinery is bought and so on. Refresher health and safety training is essentially about updating staff on recent changes but also a means of letting them know of future changes too.

3 Toolbox talks

Refresher training is a more formal approach to health and safety training, and one that will happen from time to time. Toolbox talks are informal meetings and can take place daily or per shift if needed. They are opportunities to communicate not just changes and information in relation to safety in the workplace but other important information too.

4 Specific health and safety training courses

As well as general courses, there may be specific health and safety courses your staff need in order to be safe at work. These could include;

Lone working

If staff work away from the main office or on their own, from a health and safety point of view, they would be considered vulnerable. How would you know if something had happened and they needed help?

Alerting staff to the hazards of lone working and how to minimise or negate these risks is essential if remote or lone working is unavoidable.

Asbestos training

Asbestos was a building material used in many different types of buildings and so staff who may come across asbestos in their work, or more accurately dust or fibres, need to have training in dealing with the material and also the health and safety implications of doing so.

Manual handling

Manual handling means the moving, lifting, pulling or pushing of articles or loads, something that happens in all kinds of different workplaces across the country. From medical staff moving patients to warehouse workers stacking boxes or moving palettes, practising safe manual handling is essential.

Manual handling training and subsequent refresher courses will see workers equipped with the skills they need to be able to lift and move objects safely. Manual handling should be accompanied by training specific to using equipment and other lifting devices too.

First aid at work

Another specific health and safety course is first aid at work. It is imperative that there are trained workers on-site at all times who, in the event of an accident or sickness, can administer the essential first aid skills to help.

There are other health and safety courses that could be specific to your workplace and our team could help identify them.

How can we help you?

If you are in need of assistance with any aspect of Health and Safety management, here at Synergos we’d be delighted to help. Whether you have questions or are looking for advice and support to maintain standards, call 01484 666160 or Email info@synergosconsultancy.co.uk and we’ll be happy to talk it over with you.


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Steve Kilburn
Steve Kilburn
I initially trained as an industrial chemist working in a variety of manufacturing environments eventually moving into quality management which grew to encompass environmental and occupational health and safety management systems. I hold a Masters Degree in Health and Safety law and Environmental Law and a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Waste Management and I am a Graduate Level Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). In my spare time I enjoy reading, my favourite author is Stephen King, and listening to music, generally from the late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
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