This type of training is usually required by law or where a statutory body has instructed an organisation to provide training on the basis of specific legislation (i.e. the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999). Employers often describe this as ‘essential’ or ‘compulsory’ training and it ensures staff have the knowledge to maintain a healthy and safe working environment for themselves and their colleagues.
What this can include
In the NHS, all new employees are required to undertake core health and safety awareness and training. This usually includes:
- awareness of the local health and safety policy
- awareness of the control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH)
- when and how to report injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences (RIDDOR)
- fire safety awareness training
- manual handling training
- basic risk assessment training
- annual updates in essential areas of fire safety and manual handling.
Starting a new job
When you start a new job you attend an induction programme, usually within the first month of starting work. During your first year you are usually required to complete the statutory and mandatory training sessions that were not covered in your induction. Attendance at statutory and mandatory training usually forms part of your terms and conditions.
Read your contract and local policies so you know what to expect.