Over 1000 schools and colleges in the UK now offer a new qualification in health and safety in the workplace.
The Workplace Hazard Awareness course aims to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries suffered by young workers by educating them in the dangers of the workplace and how to avoid them, before they begin their work experience or employment.
The qualification is currently free to all 14-19 year olds in full-time education and was produced by BSC, in partnership with IOSH and HSE.
A new guide to footwear at work has been published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The guide, Working feet and footwear explains the dangers of wearing inappropriate shoes at work; from health problems caused by having to stand for long periods to slips and trips in hazardous environments.
There is advice on workers’ rights and how to choose the most suitable footwear for the job, especially for workers who need to wear safety shoes.
To access the guide, click here.
The Government has published the draft of its Apprenticeships Bill as part of its drive to make apprenticeships more widely available to young people.
Last year almost 200,000 people started an apprenticeship in the UK and the Government is estimating that this will increase dramatically as many young people choose to become an apprentice rather than continue into higher education.
The Bill aims to make it easier for young people, schools and employers by setting up a National Apprenticeship Service which will gather information, advice and apprenticeship vacancies centrally.
Along with an increase in funding, the Government also aims to set up apprenticeship schemes in new areas of employment such as teaching and the civil service.
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A new website intends to help protect the health of workers in the music and entertainment industries. Sound Advice gives information on the dangers of being exposed to noise at work in various sectors of the industry, including pubs, clubs, studios and concert halls.
The site has been developed by the Environmental Health department and the Health & Safety Executive, alongside industry experts. There are tips on the possible hazards and how to avoid damaging your hearing, as well as sections on the rights and responsibilities of workers.
The Sound Advice website can be found at: http://www.soundadvice.info
The information on accidents and prosecutions featured in this section comes from a number of different sources including the Health and Safety Executive and regional and national newspapers.
“Young people are being given more and better options than ever before post-16 and an expanded apprenticeships programme will be one of the key choices offered to them, alongside A levels and our new Diplomas. We want to increase the number of 16-18 apprenticeships available by 2013 and to ensure that from then every qualified school leaver is entitled to an apprenticeship place.”
Jim Knight, Minister for Schools & Learners
“Rather than carping on about young people not being 'job ready', employers should be offering more and better work experiences places, and many more high quality apprenticeships.”
Frances O’Grady, TUC Deputy General Secretary
“The large number of deaths and injuries to teenagers in the workplace is an appalling tragedy. This is all preventable. Young people, through their lack of life experience and health and safety training, are particularly vulnerable. Protecting the vulnerable is an essential mark of a civilised society.”
Michael Clapham MP, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health
“We remember a good boss like we do a good teacher; because we rely on our bosses to pass on their experience and teach us new ways of doing things.”
Chris Banks, Chairman of the Learning and Skills Council