Health and Safety

Please select from the COURSES menu for full details of content, duration and fees. If you wish to book onto one of our open courses, dates are listed below. Or, if you are looking to arrange a training session on a date of your choice, please select a course and go to the group booking section.

If you are not sure that any of these courses will suit your training needs, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Open Course Dates

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The Health and Safety courses at Training for Care have been designed to ensure participants can feel confident that they are following the laws of health and safety in the workplace and that they understand the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Course participants benefit from being able to discuss health and safety issues with our highly experienced trainer/course director, Vic Stewart. By discussing issues that are specific to their own workplace, they come away with essential knowledge that can contribute to making their workplace safe and compliant with health and safety law.

We regularly run the Health and Safety Awareness course on our open course programme which is useful to anyone interested in obtaining a first level overview. We also have a range of other courses available for group bookings that meet the needs of the varying roles of volunteers, employees and managers.

Course Director

Vic Stewart FCIS, Chartered MCIPD, CMIOSH. Vic has spent his working life in the public sector, undertaking a wide range of line management positions and a period teaching at the Civil Service College. Vic is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner and his last position before retirement was as the Health and Safety Advisor based at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, where he covered a wide range of acute hospital safety matters including community and corporate management aspects. Vic has also lectured on nursing courses for Napier University and Queen Margaret University College, and has been our course director for health and safety since 2002.

Guidelines and Statutory Requirements

The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regualtions (1999)

The responsibilities of employers, employees and volunteers are governed primarily by the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999); employers must provide “information, instruction and training”.

“(The HSW Act) is of overriding importance in almost all working situations; its general duties and regulation-making powers provide protection not only for all the people ‘at work’ … wherever they may be engaged, but also extend a degree of protection to the public at large … managers and others must comply … (Croner, Health and Safety at Work).

The course director also notes that HSE is developing proposals to streamline/simplify safety law and practice. The problem lies not with the law but rather the way it is sometimes interpreted and applied. Courses will emphasise realistic compliance.

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2008

Under the Act, where death of an employee or member of public arises through “gross breach of the duty of care owed”, the organisation may be prosecuted and face an unlimited fine.

Offences tried in the High Court, directors and senior managers can now face up to two years’ Imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine under the Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008 for offences under the 1974 Act; this is instead of the only penalty being a fine. In addition, the maximum fine in a Sheriff Court has been raised to £20,000 and/or up to one year’s imprisonment.

There is also a new specialist prosecution system in operation to consider possible offences under the 1974 Act or under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.

Certification

TfC certificate of attendance to demonstrate compliance with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.