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Health & Safety qualifications for Induction


Morning all,

Our current Induction is delivered by a series of subject experts from within our business.  There are pro's and cons to this, scheduling being one of them.

I'd like the existing training team to deliver all of the Induction, including Manual Handling and Health & Safety.  I will be putting the team on a Manual Handling Instructors course and wondered whether the guys need to have a specific H&S qualification to deliver the rest of it?

For information; the business is manufacturing and the course content is an SOP on ear defenders, safety signs etc.

Any advice or information is much appreciated.

Thanks Sarah

3 Responses

  1. SMEs as training deliverers

    Hi Sarah.

    I can't answer your main question I'm afraid, but I am interested in the 'cons' in getting SMEs to support your L&D effort.

    I guess an obvious downside that we hear from discussions with many clients is that SMEs are not qualified/developed in any meaningful way in how to deliver learner-centred training, relying on what they think is best i.e. 'presenting' or 'lecture' style. Having identified this issue, we developed a two-day short skills-based course in Training Delivery for the SME market. If you would like to hear more, please mail me.


    It would be recommended that they should have some type of additional H&S  qualification. 

    When I became a registered tutor with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) to deliver basic H&S training, which led to a qualification for the candidate, the CIEH required a recognised training qualification and a H&S qualification.

    One of the most recognised H&S qualifications and is the NEBOSH qualification. This can be expensive and take a while to go through (I did it for 2 weeks in a classroom and had 2 exams and a work place assessment). This was one of the accepted qualifications by the CIEH and similar in status to CIPD qualifications.

    The provider who you are using for the manual handling instructors may be in a position to recommend other courses or qualifications that may be relevant to your organisation.

    The more qualified your trainers are, the more it would reduce the risk of your employees getting injured and your organisation having to deal with accidents. Talking with your H&S leaders will help you assess the risks how this training and qualified trainers can reduce the risk to a minimum.


  3. Question

    Question for Stokes873

    Would you be willing to share how your Training Delivery for the SME market is different from Train the Trainer?  Intersted, thanks.

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