Industry Training Requirements

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Do you know the training requirements in your industry?

Every year people are injured sometimes even fatally, during the course of their work.  These people leave their families to go to work and some never return home. That’s why it’s so important to know your industry training requirements.

Many people feel that health and safety training is a waste of time, a frustration at work, a tick the box exercise offering no real value or gain.  Unfortunately, it is only when something terrible happens that we look at things differently and question our industry training requirements.

  • Why wasn’t there a railing there?
  • There should have been safety equipment used
  • The emergency exits were blocked and poorly signed
  • He/she should not have been completing that task alone and unsupervised
  • Workers should not have been required to lift such heavy material
  • The machine should have had a lock out/tag out system
  • Daily vehicle checks should have been implemented
  • The person did not have a licence to drive that vehicle or competence to use that equipment

As a famous person once said, “Hindsight is wonderful, it’s always very easy to second guess after the fact”.

So how can we help employees to protect themselves from injury in work?

Industry training requirements

The question is; are workers properly trained in the necessary areas to carry out their tasks safely?

Under Section 8 of the Safety and Health at Work Act 2005, the employer has a duty to ensure the employees’ safety, health and welfare at work as far as is reasonably practicable.

In order to prevent workplace injuries and ill health the employer is required, among other things, to:

  • Provide and maintain a safe workplace which uses safe plant and equipment
  • Prevent risks from use of any article or substance and from exposure to physical, biological, chemical agents, electricity, noise and vibration
  • Prevent any improper conduct or behaviour likely to put the safety, health and welfare of employees at risk
  • Provide instruction and training to employees on health and safety
  • Appoint a competent person as the organisation’s Safety Officer
  • Provide protective clothing and equipment to employees

The HSA (Health and Safety Authority) infographic below shows the statistics for inspections, investigations, fatal and non-fatal injuries and prosecutions and fines from 2014. 

Industry training requirements

The biggest issue with these figures is that a lot of these incidents and accidents could have been prevented. With the correct training, signage and reviews of safety measures in place there is no doubt that many lives could have been saved and many injuries avoided.

Industry training requirements

Every industry may have specific industry training requirements in their specialised areas but what are the general training requirements in your industry?

  • Office Workers– Manual Handling Training, QQI First Aid Certificate, Fire Warden Training, Display Screen Equipment Assessment, Pregnancy Worker Risk Assessment and QQI Safety Representative Training
  • Hotel Staff– HACCP Training, Lone Worker Training, Manual Handling Training, QQI First Aid Certificate, Fire Warden Training, Display Screen Equipment Assessment, Pregnancy Worker Risk Assessment and QQI Safety Representative Training
  • Schools: – Manual Handling Training, QQI First Aid Certificate, Fire Warden Training, Display Screen Equipment Assessment, Pregnancy Worker Risk Assessment and QQI Safety Representative Training
  • Transport & Logistics – Forklift Training, Driver CPC, Manual Handling Training, QQI First Aid Certificate, Fire Warden Training, Display Screen Equipment Assessment, Pregnancy Worker Risk Assessment and QQI Safety Representative Training
  • Factory/Manufacturing– Forklift Training, Safe Pass, Manual Handling Training, QQI First Aid Certificate, Fire Warden Training, Display Screen Equipment Assessment, Pregnancy Worker Risk Assessment and QQI Safety Representative Training
  • Construction – Teleporter/Dumper/JCB/Excavator Tickets where required, Safe Pass, Manual Handling Training, QQI First Aid Certificate, Fire Warden Training, Pregnancy Worker Risk Assessment and QQI Safety Representative Training

Industry training requirements

Not all staff must complete every training course mentioned in Industry training requirements:

  • Manual Handling Training – All staff to be trained
  • Fire Warden Training – The employer must ensure that the number of employees – Fire Wardens or Fire Officers, their training and the equipment available to them are adequate, taking into account the size of the place of work and the specific hazards at the place of work
  • QQI First Aid Training – HSA Guidelines – 1 first Aider to every 99 workers
  • Display Screen Equipment Assessors Training – All staff to be trained/assessed
  • Pregnancy Worker Risk Assessment – All Pregnant Staff
  • QQI Safety Representative – Employers must consult with employees and take account of any representations made by the employees for the purpose of giving effect to the employer’s statutory duties
  • Forklift Training – All forklift drivers
  • Driver CPC Training – All drivers of trucks and buses each year
  • Safe Pass – All those required to access construction sites
  • HACCP Training – All Kitchen Staff
  • Loner Worker Training – All Night Workers/Security Staff

All our health and safety courses can be found at this link, ensure you don’t overlook your health and safety training requirements. It could cost you more than money.

As well as the above, The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 includes the company vehicle as a place of work and states that ’every employer shall ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare at work of his or her employees’.

Industry training requirements

It is estimated that up to 1/3 of road collisions involve a vehicle used in connection with work activity. In order to manage Occupational Road Risk, drivers should be afforded periodic training. Check out our Fleet Safety courses at this link.

The Cpl Institute can provide an updated Safety Statement and Risk Assessments specifically for your operations. Your Safety Statement should be a live document detailing how Safety is managed in your organisation, it should also comply with your legal obligations under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.

Our Consultants will take account of your current operations, how you have managed Health and Safety in your operations to date and based on these findings they will discuss everything required and proposed with management.

The Safety Statement will incorporate, where appropriate, any existing safety documentation made available. It will also incorporate appropriate material addressing the current training programmes underway if any.

Think safety today, have no regrets tomorrow.

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By Derek Donohoe – Marketing Manager

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