RoSPA to launch new health and safety learning hub
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) have added a series of special workshops alongside their annual awards ceremony this year, covering key topics such as worker involvement, accident investigation and legal updates. The awards ceremony – to be held this year at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham on May 14 and 15 – is always a popular date in the health and safety calendar, so RoSPA are hoping that the workshops will be well attended and will contain a lot of useful information for both delegates and prize-winners.
Accessible one hour sessions
The learning hub will cover various topics related to accident prevention, some of which may not immediately strike as obvious, though anyone in a management role knows that leadership skills are essential if staff are to be correctly motivated to stick to health and safety rules and regulations within a company. There are a number of guest speakers who will be giving workshops on their own specific speciality and they include Paul Hayward, casualty risk management specialist at Allianz Insurance, Derek McMillan, Springfields Fuels’ site behavioural safety coordinator, Dee Arp, of the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) and Andrew Kemp of Tesco Dotcom.
A respected body in Health and Safety
RoSPA is a charity which has been in existence for almost one hundred years. It was begun in 1917 when there was a sharp rise in road accidents due to the blackout and it has gone from strength to strength since then, promoting safety measures in the home, on the road and at work. As a charity, it helps anyone with a query and has a very proactive website which will guide anyone who feels they have a safety issue at home or at work to the proper behaviour which will enable them to plug the safety gap. Although the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has a wide range of Q&A on its website, the average person may feel rather lost when looking there for answers, so RoSPA fills a very important gap.
Training remains essential
Whilst guidance and workshops are excellent additions to the maintenance of safety in the workplace, one-off sessions don’t in any respect fill the place of proper training sessions, tailored precisely to the situation in the workplace. Some jobs are particularly hazardous – working at a height accounted for the most deaths at work last year and holds that dubious place in most statistics – and these need particularly rigorous training. Awards ceremonies are an excellent way of giving safety in all walks of life a higher profile – most people go their whole life without suffering a serious injury and it is very important to prevent complacency in those who think that accidents only happen to other people. RoSPA, with its iconic advertising campaigns – everyone remembers Tufty the squirrel, for example – has done and continues to do a huge amount to make everyone safer, as it approaches its centenary. You cannot afford to compromise when it comes to investing in working at height training courses, be sure to get in touch with Boss Training to discuss your needs further.