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Employee involvement can cut workplace accidents in half, and more...

Training is key to getting results from involving employees in health and safety, says NEBOSH

Getting workers involved in health and safety can more than halve the number of accidents at work.

According to NEBOSH (The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health), workplaces have seen reportable accident rates fall by as much as 90% simply by giving health and safety responsibilities to more of their employees. (1)

Several studies (2) have shown that worker involvement in health and safety can have a dramatic impact on the number of accidents and potentially litigatious claims at work.

NEBOSH said that training was key to getting results from involving employees in health and safety.  

Teresa Budworth, NEBOSH Chief Executive, explained: "Employees can do a lot to bring accident rates down. But they need a credible introduction to health and safety. They need to know how to spot real hazards, assess risks and put forward useful control measures.

"The uninsured cost to employers of just one serious accident can be well over £50,000. When you look at the impact on productivity, legal costs and loss of reputation, even minor incidents cost employers dearly. (3)

"Investing in good health and safety training for team leaders and supervisors, can be a hugely cost efficient and effective way of making sure accidents don't happen."

In May, at the Health and Safety Expo event at the Birmingham NEC, NEBOSH is launching a new workplace qualification - The NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work qualification.

An introductory level qualification. It covers practical risk assessment and ways to control common workplace hazards. The qualification marks a new direction for NEBOSH, which has built a global reputation around its in-depth professional and management level health and safety qualifications.

Teresa Budworth commented: "NEBOSH is recognised by employers everywhere as a true mark of health and safety knowledge and understanding. This new qualification offers the opportunity for more employees than ever before to be NEBOSH qualified, and at a level which is suited to their role in the workplace."

More information about the NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work qualification can be found on by clicking here.

Organisations interested in delivering this course, either as a training/consultancy provider or as an employer, should contact NEBOSH customer services for a course provider pack.

(1) Source - Employee Involvement in Health and Safety: Some Examples of Good Practice (Health & Safety Laboratory) - http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/hsl_pdf/2001/employ-i.pdf

(2) Health and Safety Executive (HSE) worker involvement research reports index - http://www.hse.gov.uk/involvement/research.htm

 (3) Source - HSE - http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg355.pdf