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Law: Health and Safety training – higher levels required

A recent case (Allison v London Underground Ltd) has stipulated that the level of training required for Health and Safety purposes is higher than the general duty of the employer.

At a general level an employer must look at what is ‘reasonably’ foreseeable.

However under Health and Safety law the requirement is to investigate risks and take professional advice where necessary.

In this case the employee developed an injury because she held the ‘dead mans handle’ in the wrong way.

With training she could have avoided it.

It was not, however, necessarily a reasonably foreseeable occurrence but needed an analysis and suitable training to avoid.

Training in all Health and Safety requirements is therefore a must for employers. It cannot be left as an option.

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