This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Health and Safety at Work Act. Since been introduced in 1974 it has helped protect millions of British employees in the workplace and contributed to sizeable reductions of ill health, serious injury and occupational death. An example of this is in 1974, facilities to employees covered by the legislation then in place stood at 751. In 2012/13 it had decreased to 148 for both eomployees and self employed combined. In addition non-fatal injuries have dropped by more than 75 per cent.
The Health and Safety at Work Act focuses on working with the hazards and putting controls in place to ensure minimum disruption or harm to the employees. Individuals can now have bigger ambitions than possible before, and aspire to achieve the previously impossible, due to us having the act in place. However it is surprising how many businesses are still not compliant.
IOSH and NEBOSH provide qualifications appropriate for those at varying levels of their career, giving the opportunity to ensure a safe working environment is created for all employees.
IOSH Managing Safely provides the basic knowledge and tools for managers and supervisors in any sector to tackle the health and safety issues they are responsible for. Covering areas including assessing risks, controlling risks, identifying hazards and investigating accidents and incidents, it brings home just why health and safety is such an essential part of their job.
NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is a globally recognised health and safety qualification held by more than 146,000 people in the UK and Worldwide. A level 3 qualification suitable for supervisors and lower level manegement, it covers the main legal requirements for safety in the UK, a range of workplace hazards and methods of control.
NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is suitable for newly appointed Safety Practitioners and those with substantial experience who wish to become Safety and Health Practitioners. Covering the four core units; managing health and safety, hazardous agents in the workplace, workplace and work equipment safety and workplace based assignment it provides the underpinning knowledge for a professional career in health and safety.