Recognised In House Courses

SM Smith Associates carry out in house training courses which are diverse and aim to cover all areas of health and safety such as:

  • Asbestos
  • Confined Spaces
  • Ergonomics
  • Falls from Height
  • Fire and Explosion
  • First Aid
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Noise
  • Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Stress
  • Violence
  • Young People
  • and others…

Do you know what the benefits of risk assessment training could mean to your business? SM Smith Associates can show you the importance of this.

Let me start by explaining what exactly risk assessment means. A risk assessment is quite simply a very careful examination of exactly what in your workplace could cause harm to people. It can tell you if you have enough precautions or procedures in place to prevent a person or persons being harmed, or, whether you need to do more to prevent this.

Regardless of whether you’re a big business, small business or just a teeny tiny business, as an employer you must assess and manage health and safety risks within your business.

Accidents can ruin lives and have the potential to ruin your business so risk assessment is not only crucial to you and your business it’s also a legal requirement.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 is the governing legislation that requires all employers to carry out an assessment of risk by a competent person. So, to be sure you can keep within the law, risk assessment training is essential. Training can benefit managers and anybody else within the company responsible for reviewing risk assessments.

Health And Safety TrainingA risk assessment is important to you, your business and your workers. It helps you find what risks and hazards can cause harm and, once identified, procedures should be put in place to eliminate or significantly reduce the risk or hazard. You are not expected to completely eliminate all risk, but you are required to protect people as far as “Reasonably practicable.”
“Reasonably Practicable” is a legal term which means that employers must balance the cost of the steps they could take to reduce a risk against the degree of risk presented. When reckoning costs, the time, the trouble and the effort required, should be included, and not just the financial cost.

Assessments must take into consideration everyone who could be affected by risks associated with the company. As well as employees of the company, anyone else who could be affected must also be considered. This includes contractors, temporary workers, volunteers and the general public.

A fire risk assessment is also a legal requirement and has to be done by all non-domestic premises in England and Wales. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) came into effect in October 2006 and applies to you if you’re:

1) Responsible for a business premises.
2) An employer or self-employed with a business premises.
3) Responsible for a part of a dwelling where a part is used only for business purposes.
4) If you’re a charity or voluntary organisation.
5) A contractor with a degree of control over any premises.
6) Providing accommodation for paying guests.

As you can see, fire risk assessment and risk assessment training is essential to ensure the safety of all persons connected with your organisation. It’s quite a complex business and absolutely essential the people responsible are confident in what they are doing. Speak to one of our team of experts at SM Smiths Associates and let us guide you through the process.