Health and safety basics course launched for SMEs
Do you know if your business is meeting
its legal requirements for health and safety? According to St
John Ambulance's research*, worryingly over 15% of
businesses have never carried out an assessment to determine
risks within the workplace and therefore how to protect
The organisation has launched a new course aimed at helping
small to medium sized businesses understand the basic processes
involved in making their workplace legally compliant.
Prevent workplace accidents
In 2008/9 there were nearly 105,000 injuries which led
to absence from work - around two fifths were caused by
handling, lifting or carrying and nearly a quarter were due to
tripping or slipping**.
In the last year there have been over 1100 cases of businesses being taken to court because of health and safety failings
Training and Marketing Director, St John Ambulance
The organisation is encouraging SMEs to learn how to
ensure good practice and prevent workplace
The new St John Ambulance Health and safety basics course is
accredited by the British Safety Council and
successful completion of the course results in a BSC certificate.
The course is available across the country and covers:
- Heath and safety legislation
- Overview of what a company needs to do to remain
- Overview of risk assessments and basic procedures
- Introduction to the language of health and safety
- How to stay informed of latest changes.
Richard Evens, Training and Marketing Director at St John
Ambulance says: 'In the last year there have been over 1100 cases
of businesses being taken to court because of health and safety
failings, resulting in 87% being convicted. The repercussions can
be immense, not only in terms of the safety of their employees but
also legally and financially.
'Health and safety is certainly not something that should be
skimped on but we realise that smaller businesses can find
it daunting when faced with the prospect of dealing with
risk assessments, protocols and legal obligations without having
the same resources as large companies. Our Health and safety basics
course will help clear up any confusion and ensure
employers become proficient in this area and understand how their
business can comply.'
Julie Nerney, Chief Executive, British Safety Council (BSC)
said: 'As a leading awarding body for health and safety
qualifications, the BSC is delighted to be working with St John
Ambulance to provide assessments for this brand new course.
All businesses, large and small, have a legal obligation to protect
employees from accidents and illness at work. The St John
Ambulance Health and safety basics course teaches business owners
and managers how to identify and implement the correct health and
safety management systems for their business and to keep workers
- *2,800 businesses were surveyed in September 2009
- **Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)