BUSINESSES located on industrial estates in Chichester District are being invited to take up free health and safety training sessions offered by the council’s health protection team.
The sessions are being held to help these businesses consider a range of important health and safety issues such as risk assessments, workplace transport, for example forklift trucks, COSHH (control of substances hazardous to health) assessments, asbestos management, manual handling assessments, and stress management.
The council has invested more than £6,000 in the training following a request from councillors to organise a series of courses aimed specifically at businesses located on the district’s industrial estates.
Chichester district councillor Eileen Lintill said: “We take health and safety in the district extremely seriously.
“People tend to think that accidents do not happen, or won’t happen to them, but in the past couple of years we have dealt with some extremely serious cases such as someone being run over by a forklift truck and a gas explosion at a pub.”
Training sessions are being offered in July and September, with the first courses taking place on July 20.
The sessions will take place at either the district council offices in East Pallant House, Chichester, or at The Grange Community and Leisure Centre in Midhurst.
Each session lasts for 50 minutes and businesses can send up to two employees to each module.
Companies interested in attending can find out more by calling the council’s health protection team on 01243 534602, emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting: www.chichester.gov.uk/healthandsafety