Who needs health and safety training - Healthy Working Lives

Instruction and training

Clear instructions, information and adequate training for your employees

You need to provide training and instructions to your employees to ensure that they are able to carry out their tasks safely and without risks to health. 

Training is helping and showing employees what they should and should not do when they carry out their workplace activities. 

Employees should be suitably trained in all aspects of their job from the most menial to the riskiest activities in the workplace.

Suitable employee training can reduce workplace incidents and accidents which in turn can lead to reduced costs, lower insurance premiums and fewer potential lawsuits. It would also promote a healthier, safer and happier workforce. 

Workplace instruction can be carried out in various ways, it could be a written document such as a method statement, or it could be verbal communication from a line manager or colleague.
  1. Who needs health and safety training
  2. Types of workplace health and safety training
  3. Sources of health and safety training
  4. Health and safety training legislation

1. Who needs health and safety training

Providing training and instruction to your employees will help you ensure that they know how to work safely and that they understand how risks to their health are controlled.

The level of training required is identified during a workplace risk assessment.

For example, technical equipment such as forklift trucks may require an in depth training, instruction and supervision programme.

While Display Screen Equipment (DSE) may only require basic training to allow the user to self-assess risks of the workstation and DSE equipment.

It’s very important that you include your employees in the risk assessment process.

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The information and training employers provide needs to be easy for the employees to understand and follow.

You also need to consider and make arrangements for those whom English is not their first language. Employers have a duty to communicate and cooperate with other employers who share the workplace.