Health and safety training for workers is not only a legal obligation it is a way to ensure that none of your workforce joins the estimated one million injured or 200 killed (hse.gov.uk figures). As an employer you may think that you have fulfilled your obligation once you have sent your employees off for health and safety training however there are compelling reasons why you should attend training courses with them.
Health and safety training is essential not only for the well-being of company personnel it also builds confidence in relation to what can be achieved when all employees of that company work together to ensure safety. Effective training and regular updating and reinforcement ensure the ongoing competency of employees which can only bring benefits for your business and company reputation.
So how exactly will this benefit you as an employer you may ask?
Show You Care
People are inclined to work much better and with more motivation when they work for an employer who cares about their welfare and safety. If you show that you are willing to take care of your employees you will reap the benefits in terms of greater loyalty and commitment to the company.
Form a Bond with Your Staff
By attending health and safety training courses with your staff you are showing that everyone who works for the company, including you, is invested in and committed to keeping everyone safe from injury and illness. In turn this reaffirms your commitment to making the business a success as well as a safe place to work.
Employees become more motivated when they can see that the boss is willing to pitch in and learn alongside them; bonds can be formed and cemented when sharing a common cause.
Why Leave Things to Others?
As we said earlier, everyone who works within a company, from the CEO down, is invested in worker safety for the benefit of the company and for the well-being of all. But there is also a huge practical reason why you as an employer ought to attend health and safety training. We can give you one example and that involves first aid. A standard practise among many companies is to designate only one person to be in charge of first aid and emergency issues. But it makes more sense for everybody – including you – to know what to do in the event of an accident or emergency, including where the first aid kits are.
The Legal Bits
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the piece of legislation which obliges all employers to show a ‘duty of care’ regarding the safety of their employees and there are stringent penalties for employers who ignore this legislation. These can include fines, prison sentences and lawsuits.
However a caring employer, by following the rules and attending courses with their employees, will reap the benefits in employee loyalty, a boost in productivity, excellent company reputation and the lower risk of legal consequences.