Many businesses are hesitant or skeptical of investing in health and safety training or first aid; viewing these courses in terms of their initial costs, rather than the money-saving benefits which will come of such training further down the line.
Here are just a few reasons why your business should be looking into health and safety training courses, from an objective legal and financial point of view:
1. Comply with the Law
It is an employer’s duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their business.
This includes providing sufficient information, instruction and training to employees to allow them to work in a way that does not put themselves or others at risk.
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require all employers to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.
2. Avoid Fines and Compensation
If you don’t comply with the above regulations, you could find yourself on the end of a hefty fine. Furthermore, if someone has an accident or develops an illness due to the way you run your business, you could also be looking at compensation claims.
The health and safety of your employees, your customers and yourself should always come first.
3. Reduce Sick Leave and Injury Leave
According to HSE, 31.2 million working days were lost in the UK due to work-related ill health and non-fatal workplace injuries in 2016/17. Many of these could have been easily avoided with the correct health and safety and/or first aid training.
To ensure that you don’t lose your employees to work-related illnesses or injuries, you need to prepare before an incident happens; to best protect yourself, your employees and your business.
4. Offset Training Costs Against Tax
What’s more, your business can offset the costs of training courses against tax. These kinds of training courses are a tax deductible expense. So, not only are you upskilling employees and creating a healthier, improved work environment, but Health and Safety courses also have financial benefits.
Training in Sutton Coldfield
As local accountants, we are pleased to be able to recommend local training provider, Willhan Training. This company offer a diverse range of courses, from emergency first aid, to food safety, to paediatric first aid – including refresher courses.
“Our friendly, professional and experienced tutors provide confidence in the skills and knowledge being delivered allowing them to be used in the workplace long after the course has finished.”
- Louise Vickers Director Willhan Training
If you’re looking for health and safety, first aid, or other training courses relevant to your business, get in touch with Hill Lillis for recommendations in your local area.