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Class Start:
Start the day by introducing yourself and thanking all the delegates for coming.
• Explain to the delegates that this course consists of eight modules.
• Run through the timings and format of the day – tell delegates the times and arrangements

for breaks and lunch and what time you expect to finish.
• Quickly explain the domestics:
• location of the toilets
• fire and emergency procedures
• mobile phones
• asking questions
• making notes.
Remind delegates that they’ve been given a workbook but they’re advised not to turn the
pages until asked to do so. There’s space in the front of the delegate workbook for them to
put their name.
• Explain to delegates that you’re about to start Module 1.
Module 1 Start:
It’s important to understand that when an accident happens it has the potential to
‘snowball’ there’s a lot more to think about than just the initial accident.
About a serious accident happening in their organization. What would it mean to them and
their organization?
Think about the injured worker, their personal costs, pain and suffering and the effect on
their families. Workers may have long hospital stays and may never work again.
if it’s shown that the accident happened because of a failure to manage health and safety
risks in the organization, the regulator may take action, which in turn may lead to
prosecutions, fines and imprisonment.
There may also be a personal injury claim from the injured person. Maybe that doesn’t
alarm them too much – they’re a reasonably comfortable outfit in financial terms, and the
costs aren’t going to hit them too hard.
But what about the replacement labor, accident investigation, downtime and increased
insurance premiums? These are much greater than the costs of fines and compensation.
Remember also that insurance won’t pay the costs of criminal fines.
What happens when the local or even the national press and television get hold of the
story about the accident. What’s the large multinational company that’s recently placed an
order with their organization going to think? What will other potential customers, clients,

000 £ 4. and its effect on the claimant’s ability to earn a living. Both bones in his lower arm were broken and he suffered extensive tissue and muscle injury. resuscitation or hospital treatment for 24 hours • Injuries involving absence from work for more than three days • Dangerous occurrences. including the loss of a faculty (such as sight or hearing). legionellosis. scaffold collapse.000+ £ 7. The managing director was prosecuted following the incident and the total costs to the business were around £45. whether the injury is permanent.000 £ 8. such as amputation. RIDDOR: Serious accidents must be reported to the enforcing authorities. and accidents leading to hypothermia. loss of sight or eye injury. explosion or fire • reportable diseases. leptospirosis and certain defined cancers. infections from biological agents. Damages are awarded on a range of factors. contractors and the local and national community think about their organization? They’ll probably find their loss of reputation will cost a lot more than those fines.000 . On his return he was placed on administrative duties for five months and he was unable to operate machinery for eight months.000. However. unconsciousness. He spent 12 days in hospital undergoing major surgery and was off work for three months. The minimum level of insurance cover is £5 million. such as those caused by ionizing radiation.employees.000+ £ 3.000+ £ 3. hepatitis.000+ £ 6. entangling his arm. heat stress. such as failures of lifting equipment or pressure systems. carpal tunnel syndrome. Here’s a breakdown of the costs to the company: Wages for the injured worker over period Loss of production and remedial work required Overtime wages to cover lost production Wages for replacement worker Loss of time of manager and managing director Legal expenses Fines and court costs Increase in employers’ liability insurance premiums £10. Employer’s liability insurance provides cover for employers for claims against them by their employees for bodily injury or disease sustained in the course of their employment. Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) require the reporting of: • Deaths • major injuries. Case study A worker was using an unguarded drilling machine in a small engineering company employing 15 workers. Another cost was that two employees not involved in the accident were made redundant to prevent the company from going out of business.000+ £ 4. The Reporting of Incidents. The sleeve of his jumper caught on the rotating drill. the matter doesn’t end when you pay the fine. The injured worker may bring a personal injury claim for their injuries.

Demonstrating that the organization cares about the health and safety of its staff will lead to a happier and more productive workforce. which focused on the home–work balance. Case study In 2000. • Ask delegates whether watching the DVD has helped them to understand why it’s important to manage safely. managing health and safety can save money through reduced insurance premiums and safer and more . After video This DVD highlights the importance of health and safety in the workplace and the effect that an accident can have on the injured person. There was a 53 per cent reduction in the number of ergonomic-related health and safety cases per million hours worked by the firm’s UK employees in the first 6 months of 2003. in the UK alone.000+ Case study Over the past ten years. the law requires responsible people in organizations to assess reasonably foreseeable risks from the company’s activities and to put in place control measures that will reduce the risks – so far as is reasonably practicable. GSK has enjoyed a 40 per cent reduction in employer’s liability claims. and the company. and health promotion. rehabilitation and treatment. The company benefited tremendously from this strategy. thanks to the success of the programmed. the pharmaceutical manufacturer AstraZeneca started a ‘Wellbeing’ programmed for employees. absence levels are 31 per cent lower than the UK average. their family. after all it’s the companies that create the risks! As well as reducing the likelihood of fines and personal injury claims. This is quite fair.Total cost to business £45. • Get delegates to reflect on the main messages within the DVD. management and employees at the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) manufacturing site at Dart ford have developed a programmed that aims to improve health and safety through greater transparency and sharing responsibilities. and a reduction in the number of work-related stress cases. Key Reasons: It’s not acceptable for workers to suffer injury and ill health as a result of doing their job. Encourage delegates to discuss their reactions to the DVD. friends and colleagues. saving an estimated £5 million per year. Since 2000.

when to pass things on to more senior managers. and potentially liaise with enforcement officers.692 29.Injuries to the public on commercial . how to act.948 Remember: Insurance industry pays out £8 million each day in liability claims. Q1: 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 Average 223 217 247 233 178 220 Q2: 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 Average 31.738 29. retaining staff and recruiting new staff. and when to call for help because they’re out of their depth. This course will help them identify their responsibilities and accountabilities.effective ways of working. report to customers that their orders have been delayed. They’ll have to arrange replacement labor.389 28. Remember: Responsibility leads to accountability Put themselves in the position of the manager of the employee who’s had the accident. carry out the accident investigation. Is exposed to. such as accidents at work.217 29.702 30. their insurance company and the they’ll have to tell their employee’s family that he or she won’t be coming home tonight. when not to act. professional liability. A reputation as a health and safety-conscious employer can also open doors in gaining new business. They need to know when they need to act.