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What is Asbestosis?

What is AsbestosisAsbestosis has been attributed to over 5000 deaths and over 13,000 disablement benefit cases in the UK over a 30 year period. So what is asbestosis? Asbestosis is a form of lung fibrosis which is directly caused by breathing in asbestos fibres. It is a condition that has no cure with symptoms including shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pains, persistent coughing and difficulty breathing. Complications can result in fatalities.  Asbestos Awareness Training is a course designed to meet the requirements of the Health & Safety Executive for anyone coming into contact with asbestos at work. It is widely excepted that heavy exposure to asbestos in the past is the cause of asbestosis.  The UKATA Asbestos Awareness Training Course is aimed at the reduction of fatalities and illness caused by this horrible illness that can we repeat is directly attributed to to prolonged exposure to asbestos.

How Many Fatalities are Caused by Asbestosis?

The mortality rate attributed to asbestosis in 2009 showed 411 deaths as opposed to 109 deaths in 1978 the trend is definitely on the increase and reinforces the need for asbestos awareness training. The mortality rate is due to the prolonged exposure to asbestos in the past and again is testament for training in asbestos awareness. Health and Safety Courses are essential to not only keep the workforce an general public safe but also to limit the potential litigation against managers and owners of businesses.


Disabilities and Asbestosis

It is not in dispute that asbestosis is a debilitating illness, the cases of Industrial Injury Disability Benefit have increased rapidly over recent years and in 2010 there was an all time high of 1015 new cases. The rise could be attributed to better diagnosis but in reality it is far more likely that as a society we are seeing the very real damage come to light that is the legacy of working extensively with asbestos or coming into contact with asbestos in the past without adequate protection.

The importance of adequate Health & Safety Training has never really been in dispute. The facts presented covering the deaths and the disabilities that can be directly attributed to working with or working in close proximity to asbestos bring home to us the very real human and social costs to this horrible illness.

It is worth repeating that it is widely excepted that heavy exposure to asbestos in the past is the cause of asbestosis. Asbestos Awareness Training is a very real tool against the reduction of this horrible disease.

What is SMSTS Training

What is SMSTS Training?

What is SMSTS TrainingSMSTS Training is the abbreviation used for Site Manager Safety Training Scheme and is the recognised qualification for Site Managers in the UK Construction Industry. The training course was designed to help Site Managers to recognise the moral and legal responsibilities for the Health & Safety of workers and general public on construction sites.

Who is SMSTS Training For?

The SMSTS Course is for Site Managers, Site Supervisors, Project Managers and Owners of Construction Companies. SMSTS Courses are attended accross the UK by over 10,000 candidates each year and the CITB accredited SMSTS Course is widely accepted as the recognised qualification in the industry. The course will help candidates understand the current Health and Safety legislation and give them an understanding of their moral and legal responsibilities to both their workers and general public alike.

Benefits of SMSTS Training.

With only 5% of employees in the UK working in the Construction Industry and with over 27% of fatal injuries at work being attributed to Construction Industry it is not in dispute that this is a high risk industry. Health and Safety Training and in particular the SMSTS and the SSSTS Course are without doubt a necessity in helping to reduce Construction Industry related injuries and fatalities.

iStock_000002868744XSmall-150x150Reductions in work related injuries of course have the knock on effect of saving businesses money. If you need to replace your Trades & Labour Workers due to injury then this can take time, time wasted can cost any business money never more so in the Construction Industry.

All employers, business owners and managers are legally obligated to ensure that both  they and their employees have sufficient understanding of current Health & Safety regulations in force. Without proper training this is not possible. A major benefit of SMSTS Training is the reduction in potential legal action taken by the Health & Safety Executive. Correct training increases the chances of avoiding accidents and also shows that a business has done their best to reduce the possibility in the first place by ensuring the current Health & Safety legislation is understood by having sufficient training in place.

The UK Construction Industry today insists on this recognised qualification if you wish to work in the industry as a Site Manager, so quite simply without this qualification you are unlikely to find employment.

How Long do SMSTS Certificates Last?

SMSTS Certificates last for a period of 5 years. After 5 years they can be renewed for a further 5 years by taking a SMSTS Refresher Course. The initial course is a 5 day course that can usually be booked as a one day a week or indeed in a block five days in one week setting, the SMSTS Refresher is a 2 day course.

Do Construction Industry Supervisors need SSSTS Training

Do Construction Industry Supervisors need SSSTS Training?

Do Construction Industry Supervisors need SSSTS TrainingDo Construction Industry Supervisors need SSSTS Training, what is it and do they need it is are questions often asked by members of the construction industry?

What is SSSTS Training?

The Construction Regulations of April 2007 brought to the forefront the need for Health & Safety Training in the construction industry, it became vital that all Site Supervisors have up to date SSSTS Training, Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme Training.

Health & Safety Training is needed in all industries but in the construction industry perhaps more so being such a dangerous working environment for workers and the general public if sufficient training is not in place.

SSSTS Training is a course designed to give Site Supervisors the skills needed to both identify, monitor and prevent accidents in the workplace and potentially prevent prosecution by the HSE.

Do You Need SSSTS Training?

The construction training regulations require that all employers, business owners, managers in addition to supervisors are competent in Health & Safety issues for workers and the general public in their working environment. The SSSTS Course has been adopted by the construction industry and SSSTS Training has become necessary for all Site Supervisors.

If you work as a Site Supervisor then yes you do need SSSTS Training.

If you are the business owner or employer on a building site then yes you need to ensure your Site Manger who has a current CITB SSSTS Certificate.

Will SSSTS Training Help my Business?

As you would imagine the SSSTS Course is designed to cover aspects of safety, with the emphasis being on providing Site Supervisors with the knowledge and skills to identify risk factors on the site that could put workers and the general public at risk. The training is geared towards giving Site Supervisors the sufficient skills to identify potential hazards and to enable them to take measure needed to remove these potential hazards from the work place.

One of the obvious potential benefits in SSSTS Training is the reduction in accidents and injuries in the construction workplace. A less obvious benefit is a reduction in lost man hours and production with another being the very real benefit of limiting your liability in the case of an accident or an injury as sufficient training measures are in place on your site. The training will potentially not only limit the chances of an accident or injury but also reduce the possibility of legal action should such an accident occur.

SSSTS Training Courses are two days courses and are held in a classroom, the aims of the SSSTS Courses are to educate Site Supervisors in the correct Health & Safety Training procedures on site and how to ensure correct procedure is constantly put into practice by all site workers. Certification last 5 years.

Accidents and Injuries in the Construction Workplace

Why is Construction Health & Safety Training Needed?

Accidents and Injuries in the Construction WorkplaceConstruction workplace safety is an integral part of the Construction Health & Safety Training which has to be supplied to protect the safety of employees and to ensure a safe environment.  There are many benefits in every type of workplace with proper training on how to protect yourself and others.  Safety training at work covers the arrangements you should make to prevent injuries to make sure a person isn’t putting themselves or others at risk, and it can save lives and prevent minor injuries becoming major ones.  The Health and Safety Regulations Act of 1981 requires an employer to provide adequate and appropriate construction training and other appropriate facilities and people with first-aid training so your employees can be given immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work.

The Problem

Although there have been significant reductions in the number and rate of injury over the last 20 years or more. Construction still remains a high risk industry. Although it accounts for only about 5% of the employees in Britain, it still accounts for 27% of fatal injuries to employees and 9% of all reported major injuries.  It’s undeniable that due to the nature of the arduous labour involved you are more prone to accidents or injuries, so proper knowledge on construction workplace safety is a crucial necessity.

What is the effect on the workforce?

There were 50 fatal injuries to workers in Construction in 2010/11, 18 of these fatalities were to the self-employed. This compares with an average of 61 over the previous 5 years – including an average of 19 to the self-employed. The rate of fatal injury per 100 000 construction workers was 2.3 in 2010/11 compared with a 5 year average of 2.5. In 2010/11, 29% of all fatal injuries to workers were in Construction and it accounts for the greatest number of fatal injuries of the industry sections.  The general trend in the number and rate of fatal injury from 2004/05 to 2010/11 is downwards, but it has been fairly static over the past 3 years. And while there is a slow decline there are still far too many occupational hazards which occur and could be prevented with a more serious stance.

The LFS (Labour Force Statistics) also indicates that in 2010/11 the estimated total number of days lost (full-day equivalent) due to workplace injury attributed to the current or most recent job was about 525 000, equating to approximately a quarter of a day per worker.  This equates to losing a quarter of the labour force and subsequently reduces the net profit.

The most common kinds of reported injuries to employees in all industries occur as a result of manual handling (31%), or slips and trips (27%). These also represent the most common kinds of reported injury within Construction. In 2010/11, handling accounted for 28% of all reported injuries to employees, slips and trips accounted for 23%.  Construction accounted for 26% (247 cases) of all reported injuries to employees involving high falls, 29% of collapses (32), 25% (3) of drowning/asphyxiation, 16% (70) involving electricity and 16% (10) explosions. Taking all kinds of falls together it accounted for 12% (1,209) of all reported injuries from falls.

How does it affect others?

fatal injuries in the workplace

It’s also important to remember that the actions of an improperly trained workforce affect the members of the public and puts them at a risk also, and if they were to suffer an injury or fatality then the repercussions would be devastating.

There were two fatal injuries to members of the public in 2010/11 compared to an average of five a year over the previous five years. One of these fatalities was to someone aged 16 or under.

The number of fatalities has fallen fairly steadily over the past five years but, statistically speaking, the numbers are small and considerable year-on-year variation can be expected. Just over a quarter (27%) of fatal injuries to the public over the last five years were due to falls. Slips/trips and moving vehicles accounted for 18 and 14% respectively.

Health & Safety Training Reduces Accidents & Injuries in the Construction Workplace

The above statistics and figures show a general decrease in the amount of accidents and fatalities however the figures are still too high. The proposition is in order to make sure the work force isn’t a risk to them or to members of the public that proper construction site training is necessary and absolutely vital as it benefits everyone and can and will reduce any fatalities or injuries.  The statistics shown above outline the importance for employers to properly manage and educate their workforce on how to properly avoid dangerous circumstances.

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How To Write A Covering Letter

How To Write A Covering Letter

How to write a covering letter is a question often asked by people struggling to gain that all important job interview. By tackling this question we hope to improve your techniques in gaining a job interview and gaining employment.

Writing a good covering letter can guarantee you a job interview!

How to write a covering letterThese days everything seems to be web-based and that can also include applying for jobs! You may have heard people say that as everything is done over the internet these days that a covering letter for a job application is no longer needed. Well let me tell you this is not the case a professional covering letter is very important and will help your chances of ensuring you get the job interview in the first place.

So how will a covering letter help?

A good cover letter describes why you are the perfect candidate for a particular job, it explains why the list of skills, qualifications and experience listed on your CV makes you such a fantastic candidate for the job in question. This is your opportunity to sell yourself and get that all important job interview.

So what makes a good covering letter?

The covering letter should be a concise one page letter that is sent my email or by snail mail accompanied by your CV. It should be divided into three paragraphs and be written in Arial or Times New Roman font and be of 12 point size.

Top tips for a good covering letter.

  • If possible make sure that your letter is addressed to an individual. If the person’s name is not listed on the application form take the time to look through the company’s website or even telephone the company and find out the person’s name that is in charge of the recruitment.
  • Make sure that you use the correct spelling of their name and also use their correct job title. If this information is simply just not available then using a generic title such as Dear Recruitment Manager, Dear Human Resources Manager or even Dear Manager are all acceptable.
  • Make sure you show that you have a clear understanding of the company’s product lines, the services they offer to their clients and their central business operations.
  • Show how your skills and experience clearly make you a good choice for the role you are applying for.
  • Make sure you use correct spelling, punctuation and grammar. Also make sure you use vocabulary appropriate for the position and do not use slang, abbreviations or unfamiliar acronyms.

How to write the first paragraph of your covering letter.

The first paragraph should be very brief, ideally no more than two sentences. You need to say why you are writing, where you heard about the job and identify the most important reasons that make you the most qualified for this job.

Avoid starting the paragraph in an unconventional way such as with a question e.g. ‘So what makes me the hottest fashion editor to join the fashion and publishing industries in the last ten years?’. You would be far better advised to be more conventional e.g. ‘I am writing to apply for the post of fashion editor as advertised in the January edition of Vogue.’ If somebody referred you to the position don’t forget to mention this e.g. ‘Vivienne Westwood suggested I contacted you regarding the position of fashion editor advertised in the January edition of Vogue.’

The second sentence should describe why you are suitable for the position and encourage the employer to continue reading your letter. e.g. ‘ My experience in the fashion industry over the last ten years and my editing experience at Elle magazine over the last three years have given me the experience and understanding of the fashion and publishing industries and has enabled me to cope well under pressure and the drive to meet deadlines.’

How to write the second paragraph of your letter.

The second paragraph of your covering letter establishes a clear connection between your education and experience with the specific relevant job skills that make you a suitable candidate for any given job. Referring to the job description and teaming up your relevant experience and qualifications can prove useful. Your second paragraph can be as long as six or seven sentences and should be started with a sentence that displays your knowledge of the company.

e.g. ‘Vogue magazine is often acknowledged as one of the most innovative and respected fashion magazines in publication.’

The second and further sentences of this paragraph should reassure your potential employer that you have the sufficient experience and skill sets needed for the specific job in question. It should be emphasised here – make sure you covering letter describes your specific skill sets to the employer.

e.g. ‘I am a highly motivated and focused individual who has a proven track record in both the fashion and publishing industry. Working with a team of highly respected fashion journalists at Elle has given me both the experience and skills needed to become the new editor at Vogue. I believe my BA in journalism coupled with my editing background means I would become a valuable asset to the existing Vogue magazine team.

How to write the third paragraph of your covering letter.

Your third paragraph should ask for an interview and supply your contact information. This paragraph should be two to three sentences long at most. The focus of your covering letter should be your first and second paragraphs.

e.g. I would very much like to work at Vogue and would like to organise an interview where we can discuss the possibility of us working together in the future. You can contact me my telephone (your number) or you can contact me by email (your email).

What should I avoid in my covering letter?

Please don’t make the mistake of regurgitating your CV in your covering letter.

Your CV is a complete list of your experiences, qualifications and skills sets.

Your covering letter is your opportunity to make your application stand out from the pile of applications and should be used to highlight you relevant experience and qualifications to a specific job.

Understanding this difference and employing the skills detailed above when writing a professional covering letter will no doubt make your CV and job application stand out and ensure you gain that all important job interview.

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