A large number of our delegates have been questioning us as to why we do not offer evening classes?  In truth we didn’t really have an answer for them other than to say we weren’t sure if there was sufficient demand to justify running them.  At the time that was the best answer we could give however, after some discussion throughout the company we had to agree that we were not actually sure that was necessarily true at all.

Being innovative as we are (after all we were the first to bring you weekend CITB training!) and being conscious that it is you (our delegates) that drive demand we have decided that we really need to challenge our perceptions here, so by popular demand we have decided to trial the running of CITB: Site Supervisors’ Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) evening courses from September through to November 2019.  The courses will run for four hours per evening on four consecutive days enabling us gauge demand and determine whether we should consider running the full suite of CITB: Site Safety Plus courses in the same manner.

The SSSTS two day course is intended for those who already fulfill or are about to take up supervisory responsibilities on a construction site and provides with a good ability to understand health, safety, welfare and environmental issues, as well as their legal responsibilities relevant to their work activities on site.

The course highlights the requirement to promote health and safety through effective supervision and is endorsed by the United Kingdom Contractors Group (UKCG) as the standard training for all supervisors working on sites within the UK.We will be running this course alongside our standard block week SSSTS and our weekend SSSTS courses and for those individuals looking to progress their career’s we would suggest that the five day CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) training course would be the next logical step.

Goldcross Training has added three additional training courses to its portfolio this month.  These courses are all focused in Mental Health First Aid and we hope that they will aid employers and their employees in providing for a safer workplace. They are all OfQual accredited and sit at Levels 1 to 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).  All three of the courses recognise the impact of Work-related stress (WRS) which is now recognised by the HSE as the second most commonly reported cause of occupational ill health in Great Britain, which when prolonged can lead to mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression (HSE – Health priority plan:Work-related stress).

In fact research undertaken by the Centre for Mental Health suggests that the cost impact of mental health problems within the workforce of the UK cost’s employers in the region of £35 billion annually, figure 1 provides a breakdown of these costs.

 

Figure 1.  Cost Impact within the workplace (adapted from: Centre for Mental Health).

 

The additional courses now being provided by Goldcross are:

Level 1 – Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health (RQF)

A ½-Day training course is course aimed at providing delegates with the skills and knowledge to start a supportive conversation, recognise a range of suspected mental health conditions, and be able to signpost an individual towards appropriate professional help.  The course is suitable for any individual seeking to gain an understanding of mental health or with a requirement to provide advice and practical support to others in the workplace.  More details are available here…

Level 2 – Award in First Aid for Mental Health (RQF)

A 1-Day course which builds upon the content of the Level 1 course and expands on the effects of drugs and alcohol.  It also incorporates the development of a First Aid for Mental Health Action Plan and discusses ways in which a positive mental health culture can be supported within the workplace.  The primary aim of the course is to provide delegates with the resources and knowledge to enable them to identify signs of stress and other mental health conditions, allowing them to guide individuals towards the correct support.  More details are available here…

Level 3 – Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health (RQF)

A 2- Day course covering the content of both the Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications and building upon the knowledge and skills provided.  It goes into detail on a wide range of mental health conditions and the support and help provided by healthcare professionals. It is aimed at managers, supervisors, trainer and assessors. More details are available here…

Goldcross Training are supporting the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) #Dustbuster campaign in a bid to raise awareness about occupational lung disease within the construction industry.  The campaign will run from the 17th June – 12th July 2019 and the HSE are providing a range of free resources to help businesses and workers:

  • Know the risk
  • Plan their work
  • Use the right controls when working with dust

Throughout the campaign, the HSE will be targeting firms across Great Britain in a new series of inspections focusing on dust control, particularly in industries where occupational lung diseases (including in some cases occupational cancers are more common) such as: construction, woodworking and food manufacturing.

HSE Inspectors will be visiting business across the country to see first hand the measures that have been put in place to protect worker’s lungs from the impact of dust.  They will be looking for evidence of: both businesses and their workers knowing the risks linked to asbestos, silica, wood and flour dust (as applicable), that they are planning their work appropriately and using the right controls. Where considered necessary the HSE will use enforcement to make sure people are protected.

Recently released figures indicate that there are:

  • 12,000 estimated deaths related to lung disease per annum due to past exposure through work
  • 20,000 new cases of breathing or lung related problems (caused or made worse by work) are reported on average per annum

Additionally there were considered to be:

  • 2,595 deaths directly related to Mesothelloma with a similar number of ‘lung cancer’ related deaths being linked to asbestos exposure – these death rates are projected to continue for the rest of the decade.

How lung diseases contributes to the current estimated work related death rate can be seen at figure 1:

Sadly despite the effort that has gone into identifying and providing for asbestos related hazards in recent years individuals and their families are still experiencing the impact of exposure to it today, despite the fact that its use was banned within the UK some 20 years ago.  

This is one of the major reasons that Goldcross consider campaigns of this type to be of such importance particularly as the hazards related to both dust and fume rarely result in injury but almost always in chronic illness that will impact individuals considerably later in life.  Hence wilst it is vitally important to both realise and provide for the risks of asbestos it is equally important to consider dust and fume resulting from any activity within the workplace in order to ensure that appropriate control measures are put in place and exposure misimised, so that workers and visitors remain safe. 

Goldcross helps to achieve this through the provision of a range of education and training such as the suite of CITB: Site Safety Plus courses and the IOSH Managing Safely course.