Health and safety Training FAQ’s
Is health and safety a legal requirement?
The Health and Safety at Work act 1974 places duties on employers for,
“…the provision of such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of his employees”
Therefore, appropriate and suitable health and safety training is required by law.
Do I need general or specific health and safety training?
We often advise that if you have an employee working with a specific hazard (i.e. working at height) on a consistent basis, they should attend a course specific to that hazard. As a result, they will gain a more in-depth knowledge around the subject and be better equipped to reduce the risk of injury.
General courses (Level 2 Health and Safety) are best suited to those who need an overview of their health and safety responsibilities in the workplace.
Who needs health and safety training?
Everybody needs one form of health and safety training or another. This includes:
- Self-employed people
People’s specific needs will vary based on their role in the organisation. Some may require higher level courses whilst others may just need a basic overview.