Employers will welcome a new initiative from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to help them comply with their legal obligations regarding worker involvement in health and safety.
The 'Do Your Bit' campaign is a year-long initiative, offering free or subsidised training courses to help businesses get their employees more involved in improving their health and safety.
To support the campaign, HSE has launched a new website which provides practical advice and materials for businesses and details of the upcoming series of training opportunities. In addition, it features first-hand accounts from businesses which are already benefiting from actively involving their workers in health and safety.
The two new subsidised health and safety training courses are designed to either:
help organisations get started with worker involvement; or
improve their existing arrangements for involving workers.
The first course, designed to increase health and safety knowledge and skills, includes managing health and safety and people skills to help negotiate change, to manage health and safety in a positive way. The second course brings managers and/or supervisors together with employee health and safety representatives to identify practical improvements, covering topics such as managing stress, combined risk assessment and joint inspections, to establish a shared perspective towards health and safety issues in the workplace.
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