Fire Safety

    Fire Safety Training

    The law
    The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 requires you to provide whatever
    information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as
    is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of your employees.
    This is expanded by the Management of Health and Safety at Work
    Regulations 1999, which identify situations where health and safety training is
    particularly important, eg when people start work, on exposure to new or increased
    risks and where existing skills may have become rusty or need updating.
    Like many employers, you may not be in a position to provide this training on your
    own, in which case you will need competent help.

    What about self-employed people?
    If a person working under your control and direction is treated as self-employed
    for tax and national insurance purposes, they may nevertheless be treated as your
    employee for health and safety purposes. You need, therefore, to take appropriate
    action to protect them.
    If you do not wish to employ workers on this basis, you should seek legal advice.
    Ultimately, each case can only be decided on its own merits by a court of law.

    Who needs health and safety training?

    You do!
    Whether you are an employer or self-employed, are you sure that you’re
    up to date with how to identify the hazards and control the risks from your work?
    Do you know how to get help – from your trade association, your local Chamber of
    Commerce, or your health and safety enforcing authority? Do you know what you
    have to do about consulting your employees, or their representatives, on health and
    safety issues? If not, you would probably benefit from some training.

    Your managers and supervisors do!
    If you employ managers or supervisors they
    need to know what you expect from them in terms of health and safety, and how
    you expect them to deliver. They need to understand your health and safety policy,
    where they fit in, and how you want health and safety managed. They may also
    need training in the specific hazards of your processes and how you expect the
    risks to be controlled.

    Your employees do!
    Everyone who works for you, including self-employed
    people, needs to know how to work safely and without risks to health. Like your
    supervisors, they need to know about your health and safety policy, your
    arrangements for implementing it, and the part they play. They also need to know
    how they can raise any health and safety concerns with you.


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