The answer to why safety training is so important is simple: to keep you and your employees safe. It can also help to avoid any lawsuits by showing that you have undertaken all possible steps to avoid incidents.
If it is so important, does everyone ensure they give or receive the full safety training suitable for their workplace? The latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) indicate the answer may be no. If 2017-2018, there were over 58,000 cases of work-related injuries. It is going to be incredibly hard to eliminate all work-related injuries, even with all the health and safety training you could possibly get. This may be due to the actions of others or freak accidents where something completely unforeseeable happens. Yet these 2017-2018 figures are too high and can’t all be put down to the above.
Many of us are aware of the obvious workplace dangers, however, the majority of injuries occur with unseen risks, and employees not being fully aware of dangers within their surroundings. Tight deadlines, and the pressure to keep costs down, only compound the risks further.
This is why it is vital to have the correct workplace training in place. Training may only be the first step to good safety standards, but it is a crucial one. Without this, nothing else can follow.