Skillsoft, the international learning solutions provider, has launched a range of brand new health and safety courses for UK businesses. The courses cover a broad range of topics designed to help prevent accidents and ensure employees remain compliant with the law.

Ensuring occupational health and safety (OHS) is not only a legal requirement, but is also good for business. OHS compliance is essential not only for protecting the health and well-being of your workforce, but also promotes employee engagement, leading to increased productivity and improved standards of quality and customer service.

Health and Safety Executive statistics state that each year, 27 million days are lost to work-related ill health or injury, costing the British economy an estimated £13.8 billion, 20% of which was borne directly by employers. Nearly half of all newly-reported cases of work-related illness or injury related to musculoskeletal disorders, with slips, trips and falls and poor ergonomics being the most common causes. Skillsoft will enable businesses to combat these common issues with new compliance courses in Slips, Trips and Falls, First Aid Awareness and Ergonomics in the Workplace.

With 13,000 work-related deaths a year, many relating to illnesses caused by inadequate respiratory protection or a lack of awareness of defensive driving skills, the new set of health and safety courses also includes courses in Defensive Driving Fundamentals and Respiratory Protection.

“We have worked hard to produce a dynamic range of elearning courses in order to help businesses reduce accidents at work and maintain the highest possible business productivity”, Mike Newton, Skillsoft’s UK Director of Compliance commented. “Our learning solutions also enable clients to offer their staff access to compliance courses through tablet devices as well as PCs, which addresses the needs of mobile work forces and makes health and safety courses more accessible.  As well as offering the most up to date materials that have been developed to help organisations meet current legal standards, we are committed to increasing engagement elements for the benefit of both learners and our customers. Our new UK courses add significantly to our already extensive global OHS course library.”

Mike continues: “Businesses must fully equip their staff with the right training in order to keep them as safe as possible in their jobs and reduce risk. With health and safety failures in workplaces regularly making the news and dramatically impacting business costs, failing to provide health and safety training is not a risk worth taking. Good training is proven to increase performance, reminding employees of their responsibility to ensure their safety and the safety of others.”