A study published last year by the HSE reveals an alarming trend in the growing number of Health & Safety related incidents in the workplace that resulted in prosecutions over the past five years. Despite increasing access to forward-thinking health and safety training courses throughout Staffordshire, Lancashire and regions all across the UK, the yearly number of prosecutions has actually increased between 2009 and 2015. Figures released by the body indicate that they alone prosecuted over 1,000 offences between 2014 and 2015, with fines totalling over £16.5 million, and this doesn’t include cases covered by local authorities.
This all indicates that bodies like the HSE continue to take a hard stance on businesses with a relaxed approach to Health & Safety – but what can you do to help ensure your business is protected from legal action? Getting proactive about Health and Safety training is the best place to start. Accredited by the CITB, SSSTS and SMSTS training courses are widely regarded as one of the most effective ways to introduce health and safety best practice into your working environment – particularly if you operate in the construction industry. These courses adopt a ‘top-down’ approach to Health & Safety policy, working on the idea that if your managerial staff are passionate about Health and Safety, they’re best placed to pass on this knowledge to junior members of staff. APT don’t only host SMSTS courses in Staffordshire, but actually operate throughout Lancashire and Cheshire, delivering Health and Safety courses at your place of work.
APT make it our mission to protect the best interests of workers, clients and businesses through tailored Health & Safety training in Staffordshire and across the UK. If, however, you don’t have the time, resources or staff to complete the required training courses, why not opt for full cover from one of our expert health and safety consultants? Learn more about Health and Safety consultancy in Staffordshire here, or call us for training course rates and bookings on 0843 507 3335 today.