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The Importance of Online Health and Safety Training in the Construction Industry - by LVL

The Construction Industry is regarded as the second most dangerous sector to work in the UK (ranked only behind agriculture and forestry). This, of course, makes sense; the construction sector requires masses of heavy machinery, operates in environments that are incredibly busy, and routinely puts workers in precarious positions. However, by taking the right precautions, and by committing to adequate training, the associated risks can be massively reduced, and the correct safeguards can be put in place. Health and safety training is something that will have traditionally been done either in a classroom or on-site, and while these options are still available, there are a number of very clear advantages that come with online courses dedicated to educating – and ultimately safekeeping – everyone involved in construction.

So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at the importance of online courses.

What can be learned?

The primary goal of these online courses is, of course, to provide people with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to be safe while working. In manufacturing and construction, there is a high level of risk involved, and anything that can reduce the likelihood of encountering problems is something that should be prioritised. Health and safety courses are incredibly varied - from how to spot and subsequently remove asbestos to knowing first aid, and from the value of PPE and how it encourages better safety practices to the most efficient ways of working while in confined spaces, or in areas that are full of potentially dangerous equipment.

Why such training is vital

A safe building, construction or manufacturing site is reliant upon absolutely everyone being fully aware of their responsibilities. Safety cannot be determined by one individual alone; all workers must be able to rely on those around them and be confident in the abilities and knowledge of their colleagues. It is your responsibility to ensure health and safety is embedded in the culture of every successful worksite; it should be second nature, rather than an afterthought. Online health and safety courses for the construction industry cover: - How to act safely while on-site (and how to pass this knowledge on to others) - How to report problems and issues should they arise - How to perform tasks in the safest possible manner to reduce injury - What to do in the case of an emergency (accident or fire, for example) - How to treat injuries involving chemicals - What to do should something go wrong when you are working alone - How to effectively work while at height

Why take online health and safety courses?

1. A flexible approach One of the primary benefits of taking an online course is that they can be done at any time. Whenever the employee wishes to learn – be it in the evening, during the weekend, or at home while committing to social distancing rules – it is possible to commit to some form of education.

2. Dedication to safety By taking courses during one’s free time, it shows a dedication not only to looking after oneself but also to other colleagues on site. The majority of construction sites will be conducting numerous tasks and operations at any one time, and employees that have shown they are capable of understanding the importance of making the right decisions and know how best to react should something go wrong, will be incredibly valuable.

3. They are affordable Another of the key benefits associated with online courses is that they are cost-effective. There is no need to pay for anything other than the course itself, while courses that have to be undertaken in person will require money for petrol, food, and perhaps even accommodation. When courses are taken at home, none of these external costs arise.

4. They are accredited Online courses are just as valuable and respected as any other. With London Virtual Learning, accredited courses are available for an array of sectors, and the construction industry is no different.

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