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Capabilities and training

What capabilities do employees need to have?

To comply with the law, employees need to have the skills, knowledge and experience to carry out their duties safely.

Organisations should take into account their employees’ capabilities, to ensure the demands of the job do not exceed their ability to do the work without risk to themselves or others. 

Everyone in an organisation requires adequate health and safety training. Training helps people gain the skills and knowledge, and ultimately the competence, to carry out their work safely and without risk to their health.

Training isn’t just about formal ‘classroom’ courses - it can be delivered in a number of ways, for example:

Employees must be given information about the risks involved in their work, and the steps that need to be taken to reduce or remove those risks.

Where training is particularly important

There are situations where health and safety training is particularly important, for example:

Training is not a substitute for risk control

Training should not be a substitute for proper risk control, for example to compensate for poorly designed equipment. It may be appropriate as a temporary measure of control until permanent improvements can be made.

Updated: 2013-12-13