The risk of working personnel getting injured is common to all types of workplaces. No matter the nature or size of a business, there is always the possibility of accidents happening due to inaccurate use of workplace equipments or exposure to various substances. Creating a safe and healthy environment is therefore a necessity to ensure the safety of the employees as well as the customers and other stakeholders of the business. By giving them proper training in following healthy and safe workplace procedures, the employees can not only identify and be aware of workplace hazards but also be able to reduce or eliminate these hazards at source and protect themselves, thus ensuring a safer workplace.
Health and safety in workplaces is an area that is given due consideration in Saudi Arabia by most organizations. The country’s occupational health and safety policies have developed over the last decade with key focus on enhancement of the working environment and to make the workplace a safer and healthier place for all workers irrespective of the nature and size of the organization. The Saudi Arabian government has taken up many initiatives to promote and improve workplace health and safety for working population. Training the work force on health and safety at the workplace has thus become a necessity to create awareness and ensuring workplace safety in Saudi Arabia.
Why is training in health and safety a necessary requirement?
A safe and hazard-free workplace is extremely important in any organization as it can make a considerable difference between retaining skilled employees and losing them due to unsafe workplaces. The proper training in occupational health and safety provided to employees can drastically reduce work place injuries or ill-health as well as offer the added advantage of enhancing the organization’s productivity by minimizing employee absenteeism. The other benefits include:
– Help develop a positive work environment for employees
– Promote employee competency in health and safety
– Help demonstrate commitment to employee welfare and corporate social responsibility
– Offers assurance of competence and professionalism to customers and stake holders
Health and safety training courses can be undertaken by anyone working in any organization and of any designation. As each organization will have its own unique safety requirements, specialist trainers are appointed to meet the health and safety training requirements. Individuals wishing to pursue a career in this field can also undertake training and enhance their professional capabilities.
Course durations usually depend on the level of qualification pursued and can be as little as four hours to as long as four months. The courses are taught through a combination of lectures and interactive sessions to ensure full understanding of the subject matter. Course contents vary with qualification levels. The main topics include:
- Hazards and risks in the workplace
- Hazardous substances
- Risk assessment
- Management of health & safety
- Manual handling / Personal protective equipment
- Fire safety
- Workplace conditions that can affect health and safety
Developing and implementing a training program in health and safety is a necessity in today’s workplace. Although a time consuming process, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. Neglecting health and safety training in the workplace can prove to be costly to the employers in the long run and can affect business success. The right training in health and safety, ensure a working environment that is safe for all.
Sustainability Leaders Group (SLC) is one of the leading service providers of Occupational Safety and Health Consultancy and Training Services in Saudi Arabia and GCC. Based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, we offer a wide range of NEBOSH and IOSH accredited Health and Safety training courses across diverse industrial sectors including construction, engineering, manufacturing, retail and oil and gas industries. Our course content is developed by industry experts ensuring that training is centered on current workplace safety and health regulations and industry practices. We also offer customized health and safety training that supports your organizational needs and help foster a strong safety work culture.
Promote a healthy and safe work culture today and mitigate workplace hazards through an effective health and safety training course offered by SLC. Contact us to know more.