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You are legally required to provide training for your employees to ensure they know how to work safely and without risks to health. They must know:
As an employer or a self employed person, you will need to keep yourself up to date with your legal duties and know how to identify hazards and control risks arising from your work.
All employees should be given induction training when they first start work. This should cover basic health and safety procedures including the arrangements for first aid, fire, evacuation and any company rules.
You should identify the skills and knowledge needed for people to carry out their work safely and compare these against people’s current skills and knowledge and identify the gaps. Your risk assessments and your accident book will also help you to identify areas where further training is required.
Much of the training required for standard work processes within your business can be carried out ‘in-house’ using experienced workers who must be competent in the type of work or operation on which the training is to be given. They may need additional training in the specific hazards of the processes and how you expect the risks to be controlled.
Certain training, such as forklift truck driver, first aid or scaffolder training can only be given by external training providers.
You must keep records of all training so that you can see when it might need to be repeated. You should consult workers or their representatives to make sure training is relevant and effective.
You should review the training needs of your employees if work processes change, new work equipment is introduced or if an employee is moved to a different part of the business and provide more training if it is needed.
Training should be repeated from time to time if the work it relates to is only done occasionally. For example, if someone fills in for someone else when they are away; a process is not often done; or emergency procedures.
Young people are a vulnerable group and they will require extra training and close supervision. Their specific needs will be highlighted in your young persons risk assessment.
Migrant workers are another vulnerable group which should be given careful consideration. You will need to satisfy yourself that they have understood any training that they have been given. Pictures and diagrams may be useful in helping to deliver training messages. You may also need to make use of a translation.
You will need to ensure that new and inexperienced employees are supervised as they are unlikely to be aware of the health and safety risks present.
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