The Importance of Health and Safety Training Over one million people per year are injured at work, 200 incidents will result in fatalities, and more than two million people will suffer from illness, directly as a result of their work environment. Effective health and safety training will not only help to avoid distressing accidents, but also the subsequent financial consequence of employee claims. The law also requires employers to ensure that training and information is provided, and that all practical measures are taken to ensure the health and safety of the workforce.
Each year a number of incidents take place in confined spaces in the UK, which result in death or serious injury to workers. These occur in a disparate range of industries, some involving complex plant, through to simple storage vessels. The people killed and injured are not only those trapped in the confined space, but the people attempting to rescue them, having not received any proper training or without the appropriate equipment.
Some confined spaces are easily identified, silos, storage tanks, drains and sewers. Others that are equally dangerous, but are less obvious to identify are, vats, a poorly ventilated room, and ductwork. Some spaces only become confined when work is being undertaken, or during construction. Some of the dangers that may arise are poisonous fumes, lack of oxygen, and fire. The law dictates that a risk assessment should be carried out, this means identification of the hazard, assess the risk, and determine what precautions need to be implemented.
Every employee needs to be aware of how to work safely and free of risk to their health. This includes information on any risks or hazards which they may face, what measures have been put in place to deal with those risks, and the emergency procedures they need to follow.