A number of companies are being offered special health and safety workshops in a bid to ensure they are aware of the latest industry guidance and the very best hints and tips on how to protect people.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has told how organisations in Newton Aycliffe are able to take part in the sessions, which it hopes will prove to be hugely beneficial. Indeed, the HSE is looking to hand over its knowledge, expertise, support and guidance on the subject.
Known as the Estates Excellence Initiative, the workshops will be held at South West Durham Training premises. Both employers and employees are welcome to attend to learn more about health and safety, with the advice on offer entirely free of charge and extremely wide ranging.
Some of the topics experts hope to touch upon include fire risk assessments, practical manual handling and the control of substances that are hazardous to health. With this in mind, it is safe to say that companies from a range of markets stand to gain by attending the sessions.
Businesses in Newton Aycliffe will be approached by the Estates Excellence group in the weeks ahead with a view to signing up for the workshops. Those who agree to take part will be inspected by the team ahead of the event and tuition can then be tailored to match their particular circumstances.
Charl Erasmus of SW Durham Training said: "As we all know, health and safety plays a very big part in our lives. In difficult times we could all use that little extra support and this is a great example of companies pulling together and raising the collective standards and maintaining focus on what is important to the well being of their organisation and their staff. After all, a safe workforce is a better workforce."
Should the workshops prove to be a significant success in the north-east, the HSE may aim to team up with other groups across the country to deliver a similar service in the future.