Why should you provide health & safety training?

There are many reasons why employers should provide health & safety training for their employees. Sometimes employers feel that training is nothing but an unnecessary cost and they will not get any benefit from providing it – so they ignore it! Others only provide training because some of their clients make them. But the reality is that training provides many benefits to a business no matter what size the business.

First of all there is the obvious requirement to meet your legal requirement to keep people safe and meet the requirement to provide “information, instruction and training”. But there are some others:

Accidents and work related ill health

Training helps prevent accidents and work related ill health. No matter how minor the accident there is a cost involved to the employer – the bigger the accident the more cost. Work related health issues are equally costly. Some of the costs can be:

  • Lost time
  • Damage to equipment
  • Damage to materials / building
  • Lower moral of employees leading to more accidents
  • Insurance claims resulting in higher premiums
  • Dealing with the enforcement authorities
  • Legal expenses
  • Fines / imprisonment

Helps when legal issues occur

If the unfortunate happens and things turn into a legal matter it will help the business. If you, as a business owner or manager can prove that you provided proper health and safety training to your employees and took all reasonably practical steps to prevent an accident, it can greatly help in your defence – both in civil and criminal law.

Getting on an approved suppliers list

Instead of resenting having to have training in place for your employees because a client demands it. You should look at it that you can more easily get onto other potential clients approved lists. Thus giving you more business.

Productivity and absence

There have been many examples of how health and safety training helps productivity and reduces absenteeism. Employees who feel safe and valued because their employer has invested in them by providing training work more productively and have less absence.


Good health and safety will help you to build a positive reputation with your clients and staff. The resulting good public relations should help to increase sales and generate more leads.

Please see HSE Health and Safety Training – A Brief Guide

HASCAT Safety supports KidsOut Giving Tree

As members of LB Connect Business Networking group we are proud to take part in KidsOut Giving Tree appeal.

What’s it all about? Well that’s best explained by KidsOut themselves!

Christmas is an exciting time for all children, but it can be difficult for those escaping domestic violence. While kids all over the country receive dozens of gifts during the holiday season, children living in refuge may not even expect to have one. Having already left their home, toys and all that is familiar, we at KidsOut believe that these children deserve more and through Giving Tree work to give them a Christmas to remember.

 Take a KidsOut Giving Tree tag with a child’s name, age and appropriate toy; purchase the recommended gift valued between £5-10; and then KidsOut will ensure that your present gets to a local child in refuge.”

Bob is pictured (1st on left) with just some our members and toys that they donated hoping our small acts will help make a child happy this Christmas.

Please see http://www.kidsout.org.uk/how-companies-can-help/giving-tree/ for how you can help this great charity.lb-connect_kids-out-004LB Connect

Come and meet HASCAT Safety

LB Connect business networking group are having an informal networking evening on Thursday 20th October.

Why not come along and meet Sue and I to discuss your health & safety needs?

Plus there will be many more local business people talk to and promote your business.

The evening is designed to help local businesses support each other by meeting other local business people in a warm, friendly and informal environment.

If you’ve never tried networking it’s a great way to find out what it’s like and if your an ‘old hand’ you know the great benefits networking brings.

The evening is open to all businesses in the local area and everyone will be welcome.

Date: 20th October

Time: 18:00 to 20:00

Venue: Heath Inn, 76 Woburn Road, Health & Reach. Leighton Buzzard. LU7 0AR

Bespoke Health & Safety training passes course approval scheme

Just what the client ordered!

One of our national clients engaged HASCAT Safety to produce a bespoke 1 day training course for their service engineers. They gave us the brief of what they wanted in the course, to include a workbook and contain 2 assessments with the requirement that we make the course bespoke to their engineers. And they wanted RoSPA Course Approval for the finished item.

The client has over 400 service engineers carrying out service and repair of capital equipment covering the whole of the UK. The majority are mobile visiting different customers each day and working alone. The other engineers are either based at their national service centre or are embedded on customer sites looking after fleets.

The aim was to make the course informative, enjoyable and the engineers could engage with it as reflected their working environments.

We worked closely with our client on the materials, the syndicate exercises, their documents and the assessment method which we planned to use.

We wrote a lesson plan based on these discussions, built the presentation using their standard presentation format and wrote the assessments. These were then submitted to the client for approval. These were all accepted by the client so we set about writing the workbook to accompany the course. This was also produced in their corporate format.

Once this was all approved by the client we ran several courses in different geographical locations in the UK to get feedback from the engineers. Great feedback was given by the engineers as they could now see how health and safety applied to them with many commenting that they not only found it interesting but also fun!

With the clients consent we then dealt with RoSPA on their behalf to obtain their Training Course Approval.

We are pleased to say that we achieved a 100% score for the whole course.

So if you are thinking of health and safety training for your staff but want it bespoke to your organisation why not give HASCAT Safety a call!

On Saturday 16th April Sue and Bob Chandler and Sandra Forbes attended Kids In Action 20th Birthday party to represent LB Connect Business Networking Group.

Last year Kids In Action was LB Connects nominated charity of the year. In October last year LB Connect presented a cheque for over £4,000 to the charity and part of the birthday celebrations was Kids In Action saying ‘Thank You’ to their supporters.

Bob, as chair of LB Connect, accepted a plaque from Paul Bowen-James expressing Kids In Action’s thanks for LB Connects fund raising.

LB Connect is a business networking group based in Leighton Buzzard helping businesses in the local area grow their business. As a not-for-profit organisation LB Connect donate their ‘profits’ to charity each year. This year the group are supporting KidsOut.

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We are glad to be members of LB Connect

HASCAT Safety has been a member of LB Connect from the start of the group and it’s helped us with our business.

What a great Business Networking group LB Connect is! Apart from all the great contacts you develop, the friends you make, the relaxed atmosphere of the meetings and charity work we do the members have done over £12,000 of business in 3 weeks.

All this has been due to referrals by members to their fellow members.

The group is run by members for members and is a not-for-profit organisation so fees are low and excess funds go to local charities each year.

LB ConnectRun a business and looking to increase your revenue? Then why not try LB Connect? See www.lbconnect.co.uk for more details


Changes to the Sentencing Guidelines will increase health & safety fines

Criminal courts have the power of unlimited fines for health & safety offences but follow guidelines. Those guidelines are about to change. New guidelines from the Sentencing Council starting on 1st February 2016 will mean fines imposed for health & safety offences will rise.

The fines imposed will be based on a range of factors which include business turnover and the degree of harm. The guidelines intend for fines to be deliberately punitive and to remove any economic gain that may be derived from poor health and safety.

The Courts will have to determine the offence by category by looking at various factors. Then the turnover of the business is considered to determine a starting point for the appropriate level of fine.

The next stage involves considering of whether the fine suggested by the previous steps is “proportionate to the means of the offender”. The court might take into account things like the profitability of the business before tax, directors’ / owners’ remuneration and the assets of the business to do this.

The fourth step considers of any other factors that may warrant an adjustment of the proposed fine.

The court should adjust the fine in light of any aggravating and mitigating factors, which are likely to relate to the wider circumstances of the offence and also include factors relating to the offender. Examples of aggravating factors include cost cutting at the expense of safety and a poor health and safety record. Mitigating factors could include no of previous convictions and having effective health and safety procedures in place.

Conviction rates for individuals who turn a blind eye to unsafe practice or sacrifice health & safety for profit are also set to rise. Unless the risk of harm is very low, courts will be directed that all cases of a deliberate breach of health & safety requirements should result in a prison sentence of up to 2 years, for the most serious offences.

So businesses must ask themselves if their management of health & safety is appropriately managed for their size and type of business.

Unsure? Then give us a call at HASCAT Safety

NEW E-Learning courses now availiable

Our new e-learning courses are now available.

Please see our e-learning page on our website for details and costs.

Courses available:

  • Basic Fire Safety
  • Working Safely
  • Abrasive Wheels
  • Manual Handling
  • DSE Awareness
  • Assessing DSE
  • Working at Heights
  • Fire Marshal
  • Basic Fire Safety for Care Homes
  • Fire Marshal for Care Homes
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Food Safety Level 1 and Level 2 (Catering)
  • Food Safety Level 1 and Level 2 (Manufacturing)
  • Food Safety Level 1 and Level 2 (Retail)
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Asbestos Awareness for Architects & Designers
  • Legionella Awareness
  • Safeguarding for Adults
  • Safeguarding for Children