The Health & Safety at Work Act and How it Applies to Training

A question I get asked occasionally is “What does the law actually say about health and safety training?”

Information from the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) is extensive but can be difficult to get to grips with. The Health & Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 states the following:

Without prejudice to the generality of an employer’s duty under the preceding subsection, the matters to which that duty extends include in particular—
* The provision of such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of his employees.

This means employers must train staff in health and safety. Training must be relevant to the work taking place, so some form of basic training like health and safety induction or health and safety level 2 forms a good basis to build on.

Another question I hear is “How can I show that my staff have been trained?”

With Esky, not only can staff print off their certificate upon completion, but managers have access to reports which show learner progress, assessment scores and a copy of the certificate. This report can be downloaded into Excel for offline records and remains on too, so you will always be able to prove that you’re complying with the law.

For a more in-depth look at how the law applies to our courses click here.


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