Management training

How IOSH management training helps your team as much as it helps you

How IOSH management training helps your team as much as it helps you

No matter where you work, regardless of industry, role, position or authority, management should always be in place to ensure employee safety as much as to authorise and oversee work – meaning that a truly competent manager is one who understands and uses their role to the benefit of their staff, as opposed to the detriment.  An effective management professional is one who understands and exercises all of their company’s values, is responsible for their actions, offers support, guidance and rehabilitation to all employees without question, and can ultimately be held to account for their team.  After all, a manager is only ever as good as their employees – and an ineffective team or one which resents their management is likely to be a reflection of a poor manager that fails to both understand their employees and how to effectively operate in their own position.

What does IOSH training teach you?

UK Industries Training recommends IOSH Managing Safely training to ensure that workplace managers are aware of risks, potential hazards and health and safety protocols that are in place to safeguard and aid employees, not to punish them – it is essential that managers themselves understand exactly why employee health and safety is optimum over any other matter in the workplace, and that they understand how to effectively assess, prepare and react with regard to any problems or issues that may arise.

The course we offer largely focuses on risk assessment and understanding responsibility.  An effective manager should be able to prioritise their workplace for health and safety while also prioritising the safety and wellbeing of their own employees.  Employees that are at risk in the workplace are at risk of losing their livelihoods, which will likely have a knock-on effect for improper safety management – meaning that is within the best interests of any managers in a workplace to accurately assess and prepare for any potential hazards or dangers to their staff.  This means that work can be carried out safely, efficiently, and to the standard that is expected of them.

Team of WorkersThe course actively recognises the areas in which management should be ready to assess and cover in terms of health and safety – and the knock-on effect of such training will mean that your company witnesses boosts to both productivity and reputation.  A company with low sickness and absence rates as a result of following correct health and safety protocols will undoubtedly rise in reputation within the industry, and will also lower the risk of any revenue or time lost as a result of employee rehabilitation.  It makes perfect sense that all managers should not only be willing to take responsibility for workplace safety protocols, but should also be knowledgeable and resourceful when it comes to such matters.

For more information on the IOSH Managing Safely course, please call us today on 0115 880 0188 or visit UK Industries Training online and we will be happy to provide quotes and organise a date and time for you or your colleagues to train with us.

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Is face fit testing training useful?

Is face fit testing training useful?

Whether you work as an engineer, a construction expert or in manufacturing, it’s highly likely that you will be faced with an industrial hazard or two.  Unfortunately, many potentially hazardous situations, chemicals and substances are needed in order for certain industries to thrive and for supply to meet demand – but this does not excuse reckless behaviour.  As with health and safety rules elsewhere on a factory floor or in an engineering environment, it is incredibly important that you and your employees are fully aware of how to tackle certain risks, and how to prepare yourselves and protect against any chance of injury or worse occurring to your team.  Preparing the right face protection for your workforce is just one step that you will need to observe – and UK Industries Training offer a short but effective half-day in face fit testing training to ensure that you and your colleagues are equipped and ready to handle any situation or role that will see the need for face masks and protection.

Finding the correct face mask is often the first hurdle but is no less important than any other – working with dust, asbestos or potentially harmful chemicals?  You’ll need the right face make to protect your breathing.  The course aims to not only establish the different types of mask available for the different areas of your work, but will also aim to teach engineers and construction workers alike on how to fit them correctly and how to use them effectively in their workspace.

Our face fit testing training will help users understand the legal ramifications of wearing the correct face protection in the workplace, as well as how they fall in line with COSHH risk assessment and how each and every employee is responsible for their own safety as well as their colleagues’ – as improper safety precautions have a knock-on effect for everyone, not just the individual, regardless of what they may be.

The course will enable employees to be able to confidently select the right mask for the hazard involved and to be able to fit them correctly and securely.  It is also important that anyone using face masks should know when to repair or replace their face protection as well as how to keep vigilance on their maintenance.  At the end of the course, a face fitting test will take place, allowing all attendees to put their new knowledge into practice.  This is an element of the course that works particularly well at preparing engineers for using such equipment in everyday work.

For more information on why face fitting testing and using the correct facial protection is essential to any role in an industry where hazardous situations are rife – or to arrange for a group booking on our half-day course, call UK Industries Training today on 0115 880 0188 or contact us via our web form with your query.  We will be happy and willing to ensure that you and your staff are confident and ready to complete even the most hazardous tasks with ease and safety.

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Working safely in confined space

Working safely in confined space

No matter your trade nor your industry, you may find that there will be some occasions where you or your staff are required to work in extremely tight spaces or conditions – whether it be in a situation at height or in a cage environment, or even at the controls of a powered access platform – knowing the risks and dangers of working within an enclosed space is essential, not only from a legal standpoint, but also from a safety and well being standpoint too. Just because there’s less room for accidents to be caused doesn’t necessarily mean that you are free from danger entirely.

Spatial awareness is a must in all construction and maintenance work, and so is the use of appropriate equipment, clothing and a working understanding of the environment in which an employee is to operate. There must be procedures and guidelines in place to ensure that an engineer can safely enter and exit a confined space with ease, and without risk of injury or worse.  Therefore, training and education on how to properly conduct oneself in such an environment is highly recommended – after all, it is always better to be safe than sorry, and awareness is far more preferable to ignorance. This, again, is a matter of safety not only for the individual, but for the team, the employer and the business – health and safety guidelines are in place to encourage proper form and awareness as well as to act as a legal safeguard.

Protect yourself when you are working in confined spaces

UK Industries Training offers a comprehensive and short educational course in confined space training which will enable each and every employee in attendance to understand how to conduct themselves in tight spaces and why it is important to always be aware of their surroundings.  The course we offer will not only focus on their ideal conduct in such a situation, but will also observe areas such as risk assessment, necessary permits, equipment checks, safety inspections and emergency procedure knowledge – the latter of which is absolutely paramount in the event of an engineer needing to leave or enter a confined space at short notice.

We will also allow attendees to understand practical scenarios and will discuss good practice throughout – all the while helping to encourage an appreciation of the types of SCBA available and the regulations and processes in place to help protect them their jobs and the people that they work with and for.  We feel that an appreciation of why such procedures are set up is just as healthy as knowing how to be safe in a working environment – and you can be assured that we will have both areas thoroughly covered by the end of the short course.

For more information on how you or your employees can learn more about working in confined spaces, contact UK Industries Training today on 0115 880 0188 or via web form – and we will be more than happy to arrange course places for you at your convenience.  After all, staying safe in the workplace is in the interest of everyone – not just the engineer in charge of the task at hand!

Safety Harness Training Courses

Working at height? You need MEWP harness training

Working at height?  You need MEWP harness training

Anyone working at height, whether part of a maintenance task or while involved in a more involved construction project, should be aware that safety is paramount – not only to themselves, but to those around them, and even to the public in certain scenarios.  Using a MEWP (a Mobile Elevating Work Platform) not only requires the correct safety equipment and clothing, but also a great deal of awareness – after all, an engineer that is confident in their work will be able to undertake it both safely and efficiently without any risk to the health and safety of themselves or others.

Why you need this training

If you are working at height via a MEWP, you will be required to wear a specific harness that will allow you to carry out your maintenance safely and securely.  These harnesses are provided and fitted to help protect you in the event of an accident and to prevent you from sustaining injuries or worse.  The correct use of your MEWP harness depends largely upon your knowledge of what it does, why it does it, and how you can effectively use it to protect yourself while working at height at all times.  It is essentially your first line of defence while working up in the heavens, and you’ll be thankful for it should the worst ever occur!

In order for engineers to better understand the safety principles in working at height on a MEWP, UK Industries Training recommend taking on a comprehensive half-day training course dedicated to MEWP harnesses.  This short and simple to follow course will enable your team to be able to safely equip and use harnesses while operating MEWPs and working at height at all times – and they will depart knowing how to use various tools and products that may be required while wearing such harnesses.

What you will learn from the training

The training will help engineers to understand which harness and lanyards to use, how to equip and fit them correctly, and how to attach them safely via anchor points.  In addition to this training in how to use harnesses, engineers will also be advised on how to effectively check their equipment for defects and how to protect themselves against any eventuality.  The course will also allow attendees to become aware of health and safety standards and the practice expected of them in the workplace while using such harnesses and MEWPs.

The use of MEWP harnesses and lanyards requires brief but essential training that will enable engineers to become confident and aware of the risks that could open up to them while working at height – and this is why it is essential that anyone likely to be working via MEWPs should be enrolled or refreshed via dedicated training as soon as possible.
For more information on how MEWP harness training can help bring fresh confidence to your team, call UK Industries Training today on 0115 880 0188 or contact us via web form – and we will be more than happy to arrange simple, affordable and effective training modules for your team at your convenience.

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What is Site Management Safety Training (SMSTS) and why might you need it?

What is Site Management Safety Training (SMSTS) and why might you need it?

No matter which role on a construction site or team you may be working in, it’s essential that you understand the correct procedures and processes for keeping yourself safe, as well as others around you, in the forefront of your mind at all times.  Construction sites can be particularly hazardous places due to the sheer amount of heavy items, machinery and complex tasks that are required of staff each and every day.  To ensure that a construction team understands not only their job role but also the ramifications of poor form and safety awareness, full training is essential for all – but it is just as important for site management to receive equal training and knowledge on how to keep the site, their staff, and the public safe at all times.  It is not simply a case of protecting others from harm or injury – it is also a matter of law, and failure to understand or to adhere to site safety and procedures could result in legal action or worse in the long-term.

Why should you take this course?

Therefore, it is recommended that Site Management Safety Training be undertaken and refreshed regularly.  The modules within the course aim to cover all potential risks, hazards and dangers, as well as observing just what makes an effective and safe site manager.  As a site manager, you are not only expected to ensure that your team undertake the work that is expected of them, but you are also expected to have their safety and interests at heart – and while individual staff will be expected to adhere to the correct health and safety protocols at all times, it is also expected that you should be able and willing to oversee general site safety and procedures that will ensure your team, and the job at hand, are treated with care and respect.

Site Management Safety Training provided by UK Industries Training is recognised by the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) and is therefore recommended for any site management working within Great Britain.  It is also required that you refresh your training regularly, and we therefore offer packages and opportunities for you to do so efficiently and at minimal cost.  Our training modules will allow you to focus on areas such as risk assessments, managing electricity and excavation work safely, the safe and proper use of scaffolding and confined spaces, working at height, occupational health management, demolition safety protocols, behavioural safety and other essential regulations and practices covered by The Health and Safety at Work Act and regulations falling under Construction Design and Management (CDM).

Looking for site management training?

Managing a construction site and/or team can be considerable work, and it is all the more important to ensure that you are aware of, and appreciate, the safety and security protocols that will need to come into practice on a daily basis on-site.  For more information on our courses, and how we can ensure that you are ready and able to manage a construction site with ease and confidence, call UK Industries Training today on 0115 880 0188.

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What is Driver CPC training and why do you need it?

What is Driver CPC training and why do you need it?

When it comes to driving a heavy goods vehicle, it is essential that whoever is behind the wheel has the relevant training and licence in order to be considered safe to drive it – and, as standard in the UK, Driver CPC Training is required for anyone looking to register a Class C or Class D licence, and as such, it is expected that all coach, bus and lorry drivers have completed such training satisfactorily – it’s a case of both being able to confidently drive a considerably large vehicle alongside being able to control such a machine safely on public roads.

CPC stands for Certificate of Professional Competence – and this is essentially what Driver CPC Training sets out to prove.  Holding relevant training in this regard lets people know that you not only understand how to operate and stop a large vehicle when necessary, but also that you understand and respect the safety of other road users.  Vehicles such as buses and lorries are far larger than your standard cars on the road, and as such, there are a whole new set of safety checks and measures that you need ensure you are capable of adhering to while on the road at all times – if not, you could potentially be putting many lives at risk.

Why is Driver CPC training essential?

CPC Training for drivers is essential if you are looking to carry out regular work as a bus or lorry driver, and all employers require their drivers to ensure that such training and education is up to date and satisfactory.  Carrying invalid or non-existent CPC training credentials is a matter of breaking the law – which will not only impact on your employer, but will also impact on you in the long term.

All HGV and LGV drivers are legally required to refresh their CPC training every five years – this has been a requirement deemed by the government as fair to ensure that all drivers of large commercial vehicles remain alert and aware of their presences on the road.  Driving commercially without valid licensing is inadvisable – whether you operate a waste lorry or a bendy bus, Driver CPC Training will run the gamut of safety protocols and basic driver knowledge to ensure that you are truly ready to take to the road.  If you miss your deadline for CPC training, you could also face a fine – making it all the more important to train as soon as you can.

Driver CPC Training needn’t be hard to come by, and here at UK Industries Training, we offer comprehensive starter and refresher CPC modules for anyone looking to take a commercial heavy goods or LGV to the road.  With years of training experience and expertise behind us, we will be happy to arrange for training modules for you or your employees – simply call us for more information on 0115 880 0188 and can discuss your needs and availability for training at your convenience.  After all – it’s better to be safe than be sorry!

Site Supervisors’ Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) Site Safety Plus

The importance of site supervisors’ safety training scheme (SSSTS)

The Importance of Site Supervisors’ Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS)

If you’re a junior manager or site supervisor, you’ll likely be in charge of a number of employees in an environment that carries a number of potential dangers and occupational health hazards.  Being in a position of authority and safety, it’s therefore important that you understand and can apply knowledge of areas in your trade and occupation that can potentially cause harm and injury to your employees, as well as an appreciation and understanding of what to do during certain emergency situations and protocols.  The ideal way to build a foundation for such knowledge is via a two-day course known as the Site Supervisors’ Safety Training Scheme, which is the legal standard for providing Site Supervisor training.

The Site Supervisors’ Safety Training Scheme may be a short course, however, it is a legal and recognised paragon of occupational health training and knowledge sharing that enables site foremen, managers, gangers and supervisors manage a team and their environment safely and correctly in order to avoid injuries, equipment damage and loss of business.  Keeping your employees safe should be your site’s number one priority – regardless of the industry you work in – and it’s therefore important to sign up for the SSSTS like the training offered by UK Industries Training, if you are in a position of supervising authority.  Site Supervisor training is just as much about educating your team as much as it is about educating yourself!

What topics does site supervisor training cover?

Site Supervisors Training covers a broad range of topics and issues that you may face on-site on a daily basis, ranging from first aid basics, fire prevention and handling, manual work and controlling hazardous substances, to finer points such as health and safety law, risk assessment control, proactive site monitoring and the general areas where occupational health hazards can occur.  You’ll not only gain appreciation and understanding of these areas, you’ll also learn how to apply best practice to your everyday working life.

Site Supervisor training will also enable you to start sharing your knowledge with your employees, and will allow you to conduct and carry out a number of legal meetings and training sessions that will allow your employees to understand the ramifications of poor form and practice, as well as how to keep safe at work.  By imparting such knowledge, you are helping your team help themselves – and, as such, you are becoming a better leader by imparting such concern and control over your employees.  Signing up for the scheme will enable you to be able to return to site to confidently train and educate your team better in the finer points of site safety and personal responsibilities.

If you are in a supervisory position on a construction site or in an industry that requires manual handling, heavy lifting and working at height, you will benefit both legally and professionally from signing onto the SSSTS for Site Supervisor Training, which UK Industries Training provides UK-wide.  For more information on what the scheme entails and how it can help your workplace become a healthier and safer place to work, call us directly on 0115 880 0188 and we will be happy to discuss training opportunities near you at your convenience.

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Safety Tips for using Abrasive Wheels

Safety Tips for using Abrasive Wheels

Abrasive wheels, or grinding wheels, are a common tool used in many manufacturing industries and operations all around the world.  They can be used to perform a number of different manufacturing tasks, from helping with filing, drilling, welding and forging, to providing a useful tool in belt grinding and sand blasting processes.  For some operations, an abrasive wheel is essential – but, as with most equipment used in the workplace, there are a number of safety tips that employees should be aware of before handling such equipment.

 

The ‘Do’s

  • Use, store and handle all abrasive wheels carefully. Always check for service limits and any potential damage before use, even the tiniest in cracks or chips could provide a health hazard for you and your employees.

 

  • Check the machine that you are to use the wheel with – is it the correct wheel for that machine? Does it fit correctly and has the work rest been fitted?  Check the dimensions of the flanges that are to be used, are they equal?  Do also check that your wheel fits the speed specification listed, and that you use blotters provided.

 

  • Every abrasive wheel requires a safety cover – make sure that you ensure one is fitted and in operation once you are sure the correct wheel has been fitted for the machine.

 

  • Ensure that you yourself are equipped with the correct safety equipment and that you wear safety goggles and protective mask at all times during operation – using abrasive wheels is just as much about keeping yourself safe from harm as it is ensuring that the equipment is being used correctly. Do also exercise good dust control while in use.

 

  • Operate the abrasive wheel for a ‘test run’ before you put it to work – this will enable you to warm up your machine without fear of it operating incorrectly. A trial spin of around one minute will satisfy a day’s work, whereas three minutes will satisfy a new wheel altogether.  An abrasive wheel needs warming up just as much as a person!  They also need to cool down, so ensure that the coolant is shut down before the wheel rotation.

 

The ‘Don’t’s

  • Do not under any circumstances use an abrasive wheel which has been subject to impact or damage, or which fails any form of your initial inspection. It is also important to mount abrasive wheels which do not match the fittings or speed of any machine that you are likely to be using.

 

  • Know your equipment – do not use damaged flanges or the sides of your abrasive wheel – unless you are advised to do so. It’s also important not to adjust the nuts too tightly, and it is crucial that you do not operate the equipment until the protective cover is mounted in place. Getting abrasive wheel training would also improve your knowledge of the equipment.

 

  • Do not touch the abrasive wheel with any part of your body, or apply excessive force during operation. Doing so will not only risk damage to the machine and wheel, but will also potentially harm you.

 

  • Always avoid using an abrasive wheel in locations where explosions or flame ignitions may occur, and be careful not to move a portable wheel or machine while it is still in operation.

 

  • Above all, abrasive wheels should not be changed or tested without the supervision of a trained member of staff. It is also crucial that you do not stand directly in front of a testing wheel – if you have training in how to use such wheels, you will already know this!

 

UK Industries Training provide comprehensive training modules and accreditations for any employees that are likely to come into contact with or operate an abrasive wheel – and we will be happy to arrange training sessions for any number of your employees on your request.  Simply contact us on 0115 880 0188 and we will be happy to arrange further details for you and your employees as soon as possible!

Manual Handling

A Guide to Manual Handling Lifting Techniques

A Guide to Manual Handling Lifting Techniques

 

Heavy lifting, no matter the object, and no matter the industry, is serious business – thousands of people each year find themselves injured, hospitalised or even out of work as a result of poor manual handling techniques and failure to lift and carry heavy items properly in the workplace.  Short term and long term damage to muscles and joints could be caused as a result of improper technique, making it all the more important for your employees to understand and undertake the correct lifting and moving procedures needed for heavy goods, machinery and other items.  Improper lifting techniques could not only result in injury or illness for an employee, but it could also have a severe knock-on effect for your business as a result.

 

Manual handling correctly needn’t be complex – in fact, it’s often covered in a short seminar or two to ensure that anyone likely to be working with heavy goods knows the correct form and procedure in order to avoid strain and injury.  Below are the key areas to remember when manually handling, lifting and moving heavy objects around the workplace.  Before doing so, however, it is important to try and warm up and/or stretch your muscles as much as possible before undertaking any heavy lifting.

 

  • Know your end goal! Before lifting the object, make sure that you approach it by standing directly in front, using any handles that may be available – and know exactly where the object is to be moved to ahead of you taking any action.

 

  • Prepare your body. Tighten your stomach muscles, ensure your feet are shoulder-width apart, and keep your back straight, ensuring you are standing as tall as possible.  This is the best possible posture you can attempt before undertaking lifting of any kind.

 

  • Bend your knees – this is essential! It’s important that the upper half of your body remains motionless and in the same form as detailed in the previous step, allowing yourself to get lower to the ground without straining your back.  With this, take a firm grip of the object with both hands, equally balanced.

 

  • Start to lift! Straighten your legs out slowly and be sure to make no sudden movements or jerk in any direction – it’s important that you raise yourself slowly with your legs alone at this stage.  Keep the object as close to your body as you can.

 

  • Once you’ve lifted the object, start to move towards your end goal slowly and carefully, ensuring that you have assistance from another member of your team if it is a particularly large or heavy item.

 

  • Place down the item in a similar fashion to picking up – bend your legs slowly once you have reached your end goal and keep you back straight. Lower one end of the object down before the other to avoid trapping your hands!

 

This is merely a general guide and list of tips for lifting techniques – as everyone is different and may not be able to carry out the same jobs due to strength and height difference, it’s important as an employer that you carry out risk assessments on all employees to ensure that injuries are avoided across the board.

 

It’s also important to remember within manual handling that lifting above shoulder height carries its own dangers and you should always consider the space you have to move heavy objects.  Tight spaces in particular could require extra manoeuvrability from your employees – meaning that anyone undertaking such tasks needs to make sure that they are fully aware of the space around them, and of their own limits.

 

For further professional advice and comprehensive employee training on manual handling, correct lifting procedures and how to avoid injury in the workplace, UK Industries Training can help – simply call us on 0115 880 0188 for more information.

 

Emergency First Aid training

First aid training can save lives

First aid training can save lives

No matter the business, no matter the industry, safety is essential – particularly when it comes to working with tools and machinery, in warehouses or externally – and while it is crucial that all staff know how to operate the tools that they are put in charge of, there should be the opportunity and availability for first aid no matter the circumstances.  After all, no one knows when an emergency or incident could be likely to happen – the safest workforce could still host workers who have health conditions that may need attention in future for the sake of their lives – meaning that it is all the more important for some workers to be trained and knowledgable on how to take the correct action in providing care and assistance in the correct ways.  First aid techniques should, therefore, be near the very top of your list of training priorities.

Staff trained fully in first aid techniques will be able to address wounds, grazes, assist to minor breaks, injuries and offer CPR as and where necessary.  Anyone trained in first aid will be able to confidently and correctly undertake the correct procedure to safely ensure workers are aided and kept safe in times of emergency, injury, or sudden illness.  Training one or more members of your workforce in first aid also ensures that an injured worker’s illness or malady are attended to quickly to prevent worsening of symptoms or a condition, and to ensure that the worker in question is nursed back to health as soon as possible.

Where can I get training?

A worker versed in first aid training techniques will be able to attend to an accident or injury as quickly and as correctly as possible before potential intervention from emergency services.  If an injury does require paramedic attention, a first aid supervisor will be able to ensure that all health procedures are followed correctly ahead of any additional support or action taken by medical support via hospital or ambulance.  Essentially, while there is only so much a first aider can do, their work is crucial to ensuring that workers are kept safe and given correct health support ahead of any paramedic intervention.

UK Industries Training offer comprehensive first aid training and support packages to help ensure that one or more of your staff are versed in how to help people who are injured or who fall ill within your business or premises.  Ensuring that staff are trained in first aid is not just a safety requirement, but a legal one – leaving yourself with no opportunity for first aid support leaves you open to legal ramifications as well as the health and wellbeing of your workforce being laid bare.  We offer affordable and complete training in all first aid techniques and have a range of packages to suit any business needs.

 

If you or your workers have a need for training in first aid techniques, why not contact us today for advice, support and more information on our packages?  We’ll be happy to help make things safer for you one course at a time.