9c0d1d989fc303d52734f355baa1e591The awareness and skills we develop during a training session can begin to slip over time.

Focusing on the finished product, we can slip into bad habits.

Whether you are a painter using an inappropriate or poorly set up ladder or a joiner becoming complacent with push sticks, it can happen to all of us.

This is where refresher training becomes essential. Often over looked, a refresher course allows you to reflect on your processes, stay up-to-date with current legislation and best practice.

It’s easy to assume that once we have been within any industry for some time we know it all, we don’t need to bother with all that Health & Safety rubbish.

If you think like this I would implore you to think again for many reasons.

Firstly, so you are able to avoid serious injury or death to yourself and colleagues. Although death is rare for a joiner, the loss of fingers is not unheard off.

And, more broadly, construction trades as a whole are subjected to many risks such as falls from height, which can result in serious injury or death.

Secondly, with the HSE’s fee for intervention now coming into force it could now become a very expensive mistake not to ensure staff are properly trained.

So, whatever the trade, make sure you review your training needs and don’t be afraid to take the time to refresh and reflect to ensure a safe workplace is maintained.

Spindle Moulder Set For Droping OnAt G S Haydon & Son, we recently completed our own refresher training on our large woodworking equipment with the help of specialist joinery training provider Didac.

Having already worked with Didac for apprenticeships and refresher training before they were the first choice when booking the course.

Our days training involved reviewing the use of our woodworking machines. We spent time discussing current legislation, approved code of practice, safe use, guarding and appropriate tooling.

One of the most valuable aspects of the course was the time giving our joiners to discuss real situations encountered every day within our workplace with an experienced and professional teacher.

Thanks to G S Haydon & Son for this guest post.