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  • Bespoke Health and Safety Training Solutions to Suit your Company’s Unique Requirements

    posted on: November 14, 2012

    If you run your own business, you will know how important it is for all of your staff members, be they permanent employees or contractor workers, to undertake induction training before they start work. Indeed, workplace accidents and occupational injuries are still far too common in the UK and suitable health and safety training is a valuable weapon in helping to keep these statistics as low as possible.

    So, whilst this kind of training may seem like an exercise in compliance to many, it can actually make a significant impact in keeping your employees, contractors, customers and other visitors as safe as they can possibly be whilst they are on your company's premises.

    Unique Training Requirements

    Of course, your company's own particular training needs will be exactly that – its own. There can be no ‘one size fits all’ solution when it comes to the training of new staff as your company, like every other organisation, will have hazards and potential risks that are unique to your premises. For instance, if you run a leisure centre that has a swimming pool then you will have training issues to address that will be completely different to another leisure centre that has no water-based facilities. Indeed, it is essential to take all of your premises' unique risks and hazards into account when developing your training programme, as this is the only way to ensure your workers will be fully informed and know how to act accordingly.

    Bespoke Training Solutions

    Of course, it is not easy (or quick) to develop, establish and deliver comprehensive and unique training programmes. Indeed, the time consuming and resource sapping nature of this kind of endeavour can represent quite a challenge to firms of all sizes. Fortunately, we here at Rapid Induct have solutions available that can be of great assistance in this respect. Indeed, we understand fully that that no two businesses have the same health and safety requirements and this is why we offer bespoke solutions that are able to provide you with induction programmes that are tailored to suit your company’s individual needs.

    Efficient Training Management and Administration

    As well as offering tailor-made training solutions, we here at Rapid Induct can also provide you with the means to keep track of your chosen training courses and link them together in our training matrix software. This training matrix can be invaluable to your training administrators or HR personnel as it can not only provide them with the information they need to choose the right level or kind of training for new workers; it can also help them to assess whether any existing members of staff need to retake certain courses in order to remain suitably qualified or aware of pertinent changes in legislation.

    So, if you’re looking for tailor made training solutions that won’t consume your time or your resources, look no further than us here at Rapid Induct.

    Browse our pages further to find out more.

  • How to Reduce the Risk of Accidents and Injuries Happening at Work

    posted on: November 02, 2012

    It is a sad fact that workplace accidents and occupational injuries are a common occurrence at work premises all throughout Britain. Indeed, a great many workers are injured and sometimes even killed because of incidents that happen in their workplaces throughout the year.

    Of course, it is not a perfect world and not everyone has the common sense to avoid accidents from happening. Similarly, not every company has the resources available to employ measures that will help to decrease the likelihood of accidents happening. Moreover, some industries are inherently more dangerous to work in than others. For instance, individuals who work on oil rigs or construction sites are likely to face more risks to their health and well being than people who work in offices and call centres.

    Employer Responsibility

    If you run your own company then the above introduction will most likely sound very familiar to you. Indeed, you will already know that you are responsible for the well-being and safety of your staff and likely feel the weight of that responsibility every day.

    You will also know that figuring out how to provide the best protection with the resources you have available is not always easy. In fact, if your company is feeling the pinch at the moment then it can actually be very hard.

    Thankfully, you don’t have to spend many thousands of pounds coating your work premises in cotton wool to ensure your workers’ health and well being – you simply need to ensure workplace health and safety training is made a key priority throughout your organisation.

    This type of training can prove invaluable to your workplace as it helps to deliver pertinent information and greater awareness about occupational accidents and injuries to your workers.

    Rapid Induct

    We here at Rapid Induct know better than most just how vital workplace health and safety training can be. We also understand that different businesses have different training needs, different documentation that needs to be kept and assessed, and different standards to which they must conform.

    And that is why we have developed bespoke online health and safety training and contractor compliance solutions.

    Our online training solutions can ensure that all of your workers receive pertinent and often invaluable training which will help them to be immediately aware of the potential risks that are present on your premises. Meanwhile our contractor compliance solutions will help you to keep on top of all your health and safety documentation and ensure that all relevant regulations are adhered to. So, even if contractors will be working for your company for only a very short time, you can rest assured that they will still receive the same safety induction training as everyone else and be legally compliant in all their operations.

    So, if you are looking for a way to ensure your company consistently does all it can to reduce the risk of accidents happening on its premises, look no further than us here at Rapid Induct.

  • The Importance of Effective Safety Training

    posted on: September 11, 2012

    As well as focussing on keeping your organisation in operation and generating healthy profits, it’s vital that you pay close attention to the wellbeing of your employees and any contactors you use. After all, when accidents occur due to lapses in worker and contractor training, the consequences in terms of human suffering can be immense.

    Of course, there are also legal and reputational connotations to deal with. So, it’s crucial that you implement effective and comprehensive health and safety training. The good news is, it’s now easier than ever to manage this side of your business. By being savvy, you can do so in a cost-effective and straightforward manner.

    Stats put Safety in the Spotlight

    Figures released recently by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) drew attention to the significance of this issue. According to the organisation, a total of 173 workers died while performing their roles in the UK between April 2011 and March this year.

    Although this was down by two compared with the previous year, the rate of fatal injury remained static at 0.6 per 100,000 workers. This was because the workforce shrank slightly.

    Not Just Numbers

    Commenting on the figures, HSE chair Judith Hackitt, the HSE Chair, said: “Britain continues to have one of the lowest levels of workplace fatal injuries in Europe, part of a long-term downward trend. But we must not forget that these are lives cut short, not statistics - every single one of these deaths will have caused terrible grief and anguish for family and friends as well as workmates and colleagues.

    "This is the real tragedy of health and safety failures - lives cut short and loved ones lost. We want employers to focus on the real risks that continue to cause death and serious injury. HSE is working very hard to make it easier for people to understand what they need to do and to focus on the real priorities. Protecting people from death and serious injury at work should be at the heart of what we all do."

    Making Sure Your Workforce is Hazard Aware

    To minimise the risks to worker wellbeing, it’s crucial that you ensure all your personnel and any contractors you use have the bespoke training they need.

    In the past, you might have found these sessions to be very draining from a financial perspective. However, by approaching us for assistance, you can rest assured you’ll benefit from a cost-effective solution.

    What We Have to Offer

    Our online induction system can help ensure that your firm develops an active health and safety culture that means risk awareness becomes second nature.

    By allowing our experts to redesign your training courses online today, you can ensure this part of your operation is running effectively.

    Peace of Mind

    As well as helping to boost safety standards within your organisation, this assistance can also provide you with greater peace of mind.

    Let’s face it, running a company can be stressful, so any way of reducing the pressure you face may be welcome.

  • How to Avoid Accidents at Work

    posted on: August 24, 2012

    Accidents and near misses in the workplace are more common than you would think. Every day, workers are injured and even killed through incidents which could be avoided. Let’s face it, not everyone has the common sense to avoid accidents or take preventive measures to stop accidents before they happen. Obviously, some workplaces are much more dangerous than others; for example, an office is usually much safer than a building site or a chemical lab. However, by just taking a few simple steps and learning a bit of knowledge, accidents can be avoided.

    What Steps Can You Take to Protect Yourself and Your Workers?

    As an employer, you are responsible for the wellbeing and safety of your staff. If you have a high turnover of staff, or employ a lot of contractors, you may think that health and safety training is not needed or too expensive or time consuming. You couldn’t be more wrong! Workplace health and safety training is vital and shouldn’t be overlooked. It offers protection to yourself, your employees and the public from accidents and injuries. Rapid Induct offer bespoke online training, specifically tailored to your company.

    What Are the Advantages of Using Rapid Induct?

    Not only do we offer bespoke training, we also provide the appropriate software to manage your health and safety documentation, contractor compliance and even a Supplier Performance Review system. A well established company such as Rapid Induct could be just what you’re looking for to manage your workforce training needs and supplier performance.

    How Will Managing Contractor Compliance Benefit Your Company?

    We understand that in different businesses, contractors have different training needs, different documentation to be kept and assessed, and the standards to which the contractors must conform. Our bespoke system allows you to choose exactly what you want to be able to keep, monitor and review. The dashboards used in the systems are designed to exactly what you need, so no more getting reports with a load of information and data you don’t need. With contractor management software, you’re the boss and you choose exactly what you want.

    An advantage of contractor compliance is that it is easy to track that regulations and legislation are adhered to, and ensure that any training given is effective and fit for purpose. Even if contractors are only working for the company for a short time, they should still receive the same health and safety training as everyone else. Knowing what to do in a fire, where to store certain products or how to manually handle large items are just a few examples of the knowledge contractors should have, not only for their own safety but everyone around them.

    Online training can be designed especially for contractors so that just the basics are given, warnings for anything they should look out for and emergency escape routes should there be a fire. This bespoke online training can be delivered quickly, in some instances, it can be delivered prior to the contractor arriving on site.

  • Making Your Induction Work for You

    posted on: August 10, 2012

    When you take on new staff, it is important to impress them as well as expecting them to impress you. Your induction program will create a first impression of your organisation and so should be carried out efficiently and professionally, leaving your staff in no doubt as to what is expected of them. An induction is extremely important to inform your new starters what your company’s all about, what is expected of them, and what they should do in certain situations, such as fire or an emergency. It is important to make sure the induction is carried out within their first few days of starting at your company, if not the first day. Leaving it any longer can make it harder to get those important messages across.

    Some businesses see a staff induction as a waste of time and resources, particularly if many have to be carried out due to working frequently with contractors. If the reason you have to complete many staff inductions is simply because you have a high turnover of staff, then this is likely to be another problem within your business!

    Carrying out an online induction can have numerous benefits for your business, saving you time, money and precious resources. If you have several different branches or sites to your organisation, you can make sure the induction process is carried out consistently across each. This ensures that the right messages are being put across and you know that you are remaining fully legally compliant in terms of health and safety information. You can even set the system up so that staff need to complete and pass their induction in order to obtain their login details for your business’s systems.

    As no human resources are required to deliver the induction, they are free to get on with other tasks, increasing productivity, and every new starter can complete their induction and health and safety e-learning on their first day, regardless of how many people start each, day, week, month or year.

    What Should I Include in My Induction Program?

    Induction programs can be designed around your individual business needs and legal requirements. You may need to include information or specifics for that particular site, for example, such as where the fire meeting points are. The most effective induction programs are designed to be engaging and relevant. You should avoid making the overall program too long – around 30 minutes is appropriate in order to get the best results.

    Include images and interactive content which keeps the new starter completely focused. You may want to include an interactive quiz which doesn’t allow the trainee to move on until they have completed it. This way you can be fully sure that they have processed the information correctly.

    You can make sure the program includes information relevant to your organisation, such as branding, logos and company messages. You may want to include your mission statement, for example, so that all staff, temporary and permanent, know what your business stands for and is about.

  • Combining Health and Safety Training and Incident Reporting to Reduce Workplace Incidents

    posted on: August 03, 2012

    Despite the best efforts of face to face or online health and safety training, accidents will still happen. In 2010-11, the HSE reported 4.4 million working days lost due to workplace injuries. They also claim that over 200 people are killed each year in accidents at work. Although these figures have reduced over the past 10 years, they still represent far too many incidents.

    They key step towards preventing workplace injuries and accidents is through adequate health and safety training, which should be a key priority for every employer. Effective training programs help you to:

    1. help employees recognise safe and unsafe working practices and start to implement the safe ones;

    2. comply with health and safety legislation and requirements;

    3. find the best ways to manage health and safety in your business;

    4. avoid distress and expense associated with workplace accidents and injuries;

    5. increase productivity.

    Health and safety training is necessary for all employees, but especially for new starters, where a health and safety induction is required and can be combined with other induction elements to your company. New starters will be unaware of your organisations arrangements and procedures relating to fire, first aid and evacuation. Providing health and safety training online allows you to easily keep on top of induction and refresher training for all employees.

    What If an Accident Does Happen?

    As we already said, despite everyone’s best intentions and efforts, accidents and injuries do still occur in the workplace, and you have legal obligations for reporting these under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995). RIDDOR requires employers to report and keep records of work-related deaths, serious injuries, cases of diagnosed industrial disease and certain dangerous occurrences, such as near miss accidents. Even minor incidents and accidents occur in the workplace, however, it is a good idea to keep a record of these for your own organisational development.

    Our incident reporting software makes it easy for you to report incidents and access information on those reported across a variety of sites. Rather than having an accident book languishing somewhere in each of your premises, centralising all of this information on one system allows you to check more easily that you are legally compliant, as well as providing potentially invaluable evidence in the case of being taken to tribunal by one of your employees. Using dedicated software such as ours will notify the key personnel and assign investigators as soon as an incident is reported.

    Incident reporting allows you to better identify risks within the workplace and improve operational practices and health and safety training accordingly in order to minimise the number of incidents in the future. For more serious injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences, reporting these under RIDDOR ensures that you are doing enough towards preventing these in the future.

    Managers can use incident reporting software to run reports revealing the types of incidents occurring, their frequency, the average lost time as a result and the number of safe work days. Using this information can be the key to improving health and safety and saving your business (and employees) time, distress and money.

  • Save Resources with Online Health and Safety Training

    posted on: June 20, 2012

    Health and safety is an important part of every workplace. As an employer, you have a legal requirement to ensure that all of your employees can operate in a safe environment, without fear or risk. Likewise, it is also your responsibility to extend this degree of safety to any customers or other visitors you have to your premises, including any contractors you may use.

    Contractors represent that middle ground between an employee and a visitor. They are there to carry out a service on behalf of your business, however they are not employees and so aren’t covered by employee benefits. Remember also that health and safety compliance is a two-way street when it comes to contractors – they have equal duties under health and safety law.

    The Right Induction Program

    The right health and safety induction will leave employees and contractors in no doubt of what their responsibilities are and what is required of them. It will also leave them reassured of what you as an employer are doing for them in terms of health and safety. While an onsite induction might be ideal, it can also be quite costly. Staff will need to be freed up in order to carry out the induction, meaning that less time is spent on other business activities. If you use a lot of contractors throughout the year, this can mean a lot of business hours lost simply to inductions – plus, bearing in mind that contractors usually cost significantly more than permanent employees, you’re actually paying the contractor a princely sum just to be inducted!

    While, we do not mean to detract from the importance of health and safety inductions in any way, shape or form, we have found a solution to saving your company resources and maintaining productivity – the online induction. With our online health and safety training, contractors can arrive for their first day of work fully briefed and compliant.

    You can create your online induction program as you wish. With our system you can use video, audio, imagery, text and flash to create the induction program of your dreams! More importantly, it will include all the necessary content particular to your specific organisation, so you can rest assured that it is a policy that fits rather than a ‘one size fits all’ program. Having an interactive program is a great way to ensure that the information really goes in, which is of course the main point of any health and safety program.

    Rather than a boring lecture or simple walk around of your premises, we’re sure that you’ll find our form of health and safety training much more successful in getting the message across. To be sure that your contractors have fully taken everything in, you can also make use of our unique assessment function to test what they’ve picked up as the program goes along. This way, you’ll know for sure that they are fully prepared – in terms of health and safety at least! - from the moment they arrive at your premises.

  • Why You Should Keep Documentary Evidence of Health and Safety Training

    posted on: June 16, 2012

    Online health and safety training is a great way to ensure that your employees and contractors are fully compliant and, perhaps more importantly, fully prepared against potential hazards in the workplace. They are effective at saving time and money on running human-led induction and training sessions, but it is not simply about saving on human resources. Health and safety e-learning programs can actually be more effective than a face-to-face session.

    While face-to-face training gives the opportunity to ask questions, it can also be easy for attendees to switch off. Although health and safety is a necessary topic to be covered by every business, in every sector and of every size, it can be one that is not always appealing to every attendee. The best way to establish whether attendees have paid attention and absorbed what they’ve been told is through assessment, although doing this face-to-face can make people feel like they’ve been put on the spot or as if they’re sitting an exam.

    With online training, staff can go along at their own pace, taking the time to take in the information however they feel necessary, and then take an assessment without the fear of being judged or getting embarrassed. Interactive training is also a fantastic way of getting your message across while saving on time and resources at the same time.

    If you employ a lot of contractors and employees throughout the year, it can be hard to know where you’re up to with everyone’s training. As health and safety legislation evolves and is adapted, all staff will need to undertake additional training from time to time and coordinating this in a large organisation can be difficult. This is where implementing a health and safety passport can really come into its own.

    What is a Health and Safety Passport?

    A health and safety passport is the perfect solution for large organisations to keep track of the training completed by each of their workers: permanent staff, contractors, agency workers and suppliers. Through safety passport software, it keeps track of what training has been completed by each individual, verified through some form of assessment, and it is this passport which will then allow workers access to site.

    With our training passports workers can print off a paper ID slip on completion, which will then act as their proof (or physical passport) of having completed the training. Our passports are unique in that they also contain information on which version of the course was taken and passed, so you can easily verify the content of the course to check what was covered.

    You will also get PDF copies of each passport in the system, which you can use as evidence that each individual has undertaken the training should you need it in case of an audit. It is always a good idea to keep a trail of any training that is compulsory to meet with legal requirements. It will also protect you should any individuals act against your company’s health and safety policy, as you will have evidence that they did understand and agree to the policy.

  • The Best Health and Safety Training for Your Business

    posted on: June 01, 2012

    For any new worker, whether permanent or a contractor, a health and safety induction is essential before they start working with or for your business. Accidents in work are still far too common: according to the HSE, over two people suffer from illnesses caused or aggravated by their job, over one million are injured in the workplace, and an incredible 200 are actually killed through accidents at work every year. Health and safety training is therefore not just about remaining legally compliant, but about making a real conscious effort to reduce these numbers and keep employees, contractors, customers and other visitors as safe as possible.

    Of course, when it comes to health and safety, there can be no ‘one size fits all’ approach. It should be based on the hazards, and therefore potential risks, present at your workplace(s). For example, a building site will generally be far more hazardous than an office, and so these hazards need to be taken into account when designing any form of health and safety training, to ensure that all staff are aware of these and know how to act.

    Bespoke Training Solutions by Rapid Induct

    The best training will make sure that all of your employees are not only aware of hazards and potential risks, but also act responsibly so that others will remain safe and healthy too. Because we understand that no two businesses will have the same health and safety requirements, we offer bespoke training solutions to ensure that your training is right for your particular business.

    You may even require different health and safety inductions for different members of staff, such as different job roles or for contractors as opposed to permanent employees, which is something else we are proud to offer. When you choose Rapid Induct for your inductions and training, you can create an unlimited amount of courses which can then be linked together through our health and safety training matrix. This training matrix particularly facilitates the task of your administrators in selecting the right level or kind of training for your different new starters, and to also assess whether existing staff need to retake courses following amendments or updates to legislation or just to remain fully aware of procedures.

    Easy Online Management

    Just as our training matrix is extremely easy to manage online, so too are our training courses. Carrying out face-to-face health and safety training can end up being very costly to your business – if your own staff deliver the training in-house, this is time spent away from their desks which could be better utilised, and if you buy in external training, this will obviously cost money. For large organisations, or those who simply use a lot of contractors, you may find yourselves delivering training to just one or two members of staff each time. Health and safety isn’t something that can really be put off until there are enough numbers to make it worthwhile either, as potential incidents can occur at any time. Online training can be run anytime and can even be sent to new starters to complete at home before their first day.

  • Avoiding accidents with effective health and safety training

    posted on: May 9th, 2012

    You're no doubt keen to minimise the risk of accidents occurring within your working environment. After all, when problems like this occur, the human suffering involved can be immense and prolonged. Also, legal action may be brought if negligence is suspected and this can be costly and lead to immense reputational damage.

    With this in mind, it is vital to ensure that the health and safety training you offer to your employees and contractors is up-to-scratch.

    When safety systems fail

    Unfortunately, not all firms are able to uphold the necessary standards and this is when problems arise. For example, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently prosecuted an organisation over an incident in which a worker suffered serious injuries.

    The individual was part of a two-man team brought in to try to conduct repairs at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and Chambers. He was on the platform of a cherry-picker when it was struck by a double-decker bus. The impact catapulted him four metres to the ground and he was subsequently run over by the vehicle. The individual survived but suffered multiple injuries.

    Incident could have been avoided

    Commenting on the incident, HSE inspector Paul Hems suggested that it could have been avoided if the firm involved had planned and supervised the work better.

    He remarked: "This worker narrowly escaped death after a series of events which almost seem unbelievable but in fact could have proved fatal. A 14-metres long slow-moving machine, not suitable for use on a public highway, was moved against the flow of traffic on to a three-lane road."

    He also emphasised the significance of effective workplace health and safety training, stating: "The company also failed to provide adequate and relevant information and instruction to their employees."

    Boosting health and safety within your firm

    Here at Rapid Induct we appreciate the importance of this issue and go out of our way to provide effective training programmes that can help to protect the wellbeing of employees and contractors.

    Our online health and safety training courses can cover any material, including inductions, fire safety, manual handling, forklift safety and so on. Meanwhile, if you're looking for a bespoke course, we're on hand to help or, thanks to the flexibility of our system, you can create it yourself.

    The cost effective approach

    Not only do our bespoke training packages help to increase safety within your firm, they can also bring down costs. After all, by enabling personnel to complete the sessions via the web, you can minimise your face-to-face training, which can be time-consuming and costly.

    Particularly now given the tough economic conditions facing the UK and many other countries around the world, this may be a hugely attractive prospect. Being able to enhance safety within your organisation while at the same time lowering your expenditure really is a win win situation.

    To find out more about what we have to offer, just take a look around our website. With our assistance, you should find the coping with this aspect of business a breeze.

  • Avoid legal infringements with effective incident reporting

    posted on: April 3rd, 2012

    You might be keen to avoid tarnishing your firm's reputation by committing legal infringements. On the face of it, this may seem straightforward. However, in light of the regulations now in place governing businesses, it can be anything but. If you're not extremely careful, you might find you transgress the law accidentally and incur penalties as a result.

    One of your main areas of concern might be health and safety and, within this, the issue of incident reporting is important. These days, you are required by law to have in place effective systems for the documenting of accidents that take place within your workplace and you must ensure that your staff make use of them.

    Here at Rapid Induct we might be able to help you meet these objectives with ease. Using our incident reporting software, you should find it straightforward to maintain control over this issue. Our system fulfils all the requirements for the reporting and investigation of incidents that take place within your work environment. It includes the statutory reporting of work-related injuries and dangerous occurrences.

    Not only can this software help you to fulfil your legal obligations in the most straightforward way possible, it can also provide you with greater peace of mind and help you boost the safety of your personnel.

    If you're keen to find out more about how our software may be of use to you, just take a look around our website. You can also find out about our other provisions, including our health and safety e-learning solutions.

  • Boost your Peace of Mind with Effective Compliance Systems

    posted on: March 26th, 2012

    Often, people look up at managers with envy, wishing they could swap places with them. After all, being in positions of responsibility certainly has many perks. It tends to come with greater prestige and can also pay better than other roles.

    However, if you are responsible for running a firm, you will know that it is not that simple. There is plenty of rough to take with the smooth and being a manager can be highly stressful.

    These days, there are many issues for you to bear in mind and keep control of. For example, as well as ensuring your organisation is profitable and copes with the challenges of the marketplace, it's also vital to keep on top of compliance issues. Businesses are now required by law to conform to a series of regulations governing things such as worker safety and training.

    Particularly if your organisation is large, this can be a nightmare. Generating and keeping evidence of employee induction and other such things is tough and, even with the best will in the world, it's easy to lose track of vital information and records.

    This is where we come in. Here at Rapid Induct we know that whether you are in charge of a manufacturing facility, a services firm, a university or anything else, managing health and safety compliance can be virtually impossible unless you have access to superb procedures.

    With this in mind, we've developed a series of systems that complement each other and provide you with a simple and easy way to record and store all the relevant information.

    To find out more about our contractor management software and other such provisions, just take a look around our website.

  • The Benefits of Health and Safety Passports

    posted on: March 19th, 2012

    You might always been on the lookout for ways in which you can boost safety within your organisation and also make the process of compliance more straightforward. With this in mind, you might benefit from our health and safety passport system.

    These provisions are ideal as a way of keeping track of the training your contractors have had. Of course, it's vital that any personnel operating on behalf of your organisation have had the right training. Not only is this a legal requirement, it is also crucial as a means of protecting their wellbeing and that of other individuals within your organisation.

    However, particularly if you have a high turnover of contractors and use many such people, you might struggle to keep on top of who has had what training.

    Our safety passport software enables you to keep a full record of every health and safety e-course that your staff members and contractors undertake. This can provide you with extra peace of mind and help you to operate as efficiently as possible.

    Meanwhile, it is also important in terms of your audit trail and this is vital to protect your enterprise from legal complications. Using passport systems like this also mitigates the risks associated with contractors performing tasks without having been through the appropriate training.

    To find out more about these useful provisions, as well as the rest of our contractor management software solutions, just take a look around the rest of our website or get in touch with our friendly and professional team.

  • Why it Makes Sense to Enhance your Audit Trail Now

    posted on: March 8th, 2012

    In order to function successfully, firms must have effective operating systems in place. The success of some of these procedures is obvious. For example, if companies' production methods are not up-to-scratch, they tend to notice very quickly because their profits will suffer.

    However, others are less immediately noticeable and failures within them can go under managers' radars for some time. For example, these days it's vital for organisations to maintain effective audit trails concerning their training data and so on. If they do not achieve this, they can face serious legal repercussions.

    But, despite the significance of this issue, many enterprises have substandard audit trails in place, leaving them at risk. Sadly, a lot of these businesses may not realise they have to make improvements to their systems until it's too late and problems have arisen, and this can cost them financially and damage their reputation.

    So, with this in mind, now may be a good time for your firm to take a look at its health and safety management software to see whether or not you have the best possible audit trail.

    Here at Rapid Induct, we specialise in offering superb solutions to help companies keep track of health and safety induction training and other such issues. This means that as and when information is requested of your firm, you will not struggle to provide it.

    And as well as helping your enterprise remain on the right side of the law, our contractor management software and other such provisions can help make your life easier.

  • A modern approach to health and safety inductions

    posted on: February 21st, 2012

    Health and safety training has been around for some years now. The expectations of the general public have shifted over the decades and now companies are required by law to minimise the risks faced by their employees. This is great for workers as it means they now enjoy much safer conditions than they did in the past.

    However, for large firms that deal with a significant number of personnel, this has caused some problems. The scale of their training can be extremely burdensome and expensive. This is a particular problem for organisations that frequently use contractors, because they have to ensure all the individuals they source have had the relevant training.

    Delivering such sessions on a face-to-face basis can be time consuming and very costly.

    But the good news for such enterprises is, there is now a new and eminently more efficient way to engage in the process of training that enables firms to comply with their legal responsibilities without breaking the bank in the process.

    By making the most of online health and safety training, businesses can ensure that their health and safety programmes are as streamlined as possible.

    Here at Rapid Induct we appreciate the need for a modern approach to staff induction and that is exactly what we endeavour to provide. By taking advantage of the technology around, you can boost the competitiveness of your organisation considerably.

    To find out more about our induction software, just take a look around our website or get in touch with our friendly and helpful team.

  • Health and Safety Training on a Mass Scale

    posted on: February 12th, 2012

    Running a large company can be rewarding, not to mention lucrative. However, such endeavours are not easy and there are many potential problems that you have to avoid.

    For example, the issue of health and safety can become much more complicated when you are dealing with a lot of workers. Whether you predominantly rely on employees, contractors or a mixture of the two, it can be very tricky to ensure you meet your obligations when it comes to protecting their wellbeing.

    Indeed, over the years your firm may have struggled to cope with induction training. This can be very time consuming and costly, and keeping a record of all this activity is not easy.

    Meanwhile, if your enterprise operates over a number of different sites, such matters become even more complex.

    However, there is no need to get a headache when dealing with this issue. As long as you are savvy, you can ensure that you maintain high standards and comply with the law without leaching vast sums of money and encountering stress.

    Here at Rapid Induct we are experts when it comes to this matter and have developed the perfect solution. Our bespoke training packages can be tailor made to suit your organisation and are delivered online. This can save you considerable time and effort and makes recording evidence of such training easy.

    Also, we offer incident reporting software and contractor management provisions. So, if you think your health and safety policies could do with a revamp, why not get in touch with us to see whether we can assist your firm?

  • Health and Safety E-Learning

    posted on: January 2nd, 2012

    Online teaching and learning is becoming very popular very fast, and with good reason. It's not just a way of saving teacher time or allowing workplace health and safety training (or any other kind) to take place in the most convenient time and at the most convenient place. There are some very real benefits for pupils as well as trainers and the people who employ them.

    Let's take the example of contractor health and safety for example. The goal isn't to allow the learner to pass a test with a mark of 55% or greater. They need to absorb all the information on offer and really take it in. A single factor that gets missed out or misunderstood could cause serious problems later on. Online learning packages let the people using them work at their own pace, ensuring that no learner gets left behind. Testing facilities can be included to make sure that the software and the user have both done their jobs and that the pupil is now ready to apply their new knowledge.

    We offer a range of first class health and safety e-learning options. What's more, the packages we use can be adapted to meet the needs of your company and the needs of a particular type of employee, so your bespoke course won't include items that aren't relevant or would confuse the learner. Each training program is created carefully and thoughtfully so we can be absolutely sure to provide a solution that works and works well.

  • We can help in high turnover industries

    posted on: December 20th, 2011

    Some businesses have a higher turnover than others but it would be a mistake to think that the company is always at fault. More often, the industry is the deciding factor when it comes to turnover, and not the quality of the company, the pay standards they adhere to, or the quality of the working conditions. For example, one would expect a university to have a far lower staff turnover than a large retail chain with a significant student workforce. In the latter case a high turnover is completely in line with expectations.

    However, that doesn't mean that a high staff turnover can't cause problems. There are always costs associated with advertising a position, interviewing for it, and taking on a new member of staff. It usually takes a little while for them to get used to their surroundings- few people can perform at their very best from day one- and every new worker requires a health and safety induction and probably some other training as well. All of that takes up valuable time.

    If your company operates in a high turnover industry we can't help cut down your recruitment costs but we can help make sure every new worker hits the ground running. If anyone can streamline the employee induction process without allowing any drops in quality, we can.

    There are also other ways we can help minimise the impact of high staff turnover- take our contractor verification system for example. Through our software packages large numbers of new contractors can complete the pre-qualification process, get the relevant compliance policies, and a whole lot more.

  • Bespoke Training Solutions to Suit Your Individual Requirements

    posted on: December 14th, 2011

    Businesses always need to provide adequate health and safety training to make sure their employees are up to speed with necessary regulations. But, the problem with many generic training courses is that they don't always provide the level of detail to suit your individual company, and that's why seeking bespoke training solutions will always be the best decision. That's where we come in.

    Here at Rapid Induct we're able to provide tailor-made training courses to ensure total suitability for your business. This offers the kind of control that you need in this situation – it's essential you follow all necessary regulations and that can only be achieved if the right training courses are undertaken, and with bespoke solutions you can be certain that you're operating safely and legally at every step of the way.

    And, the best thing about having tailor-made courses is that your employees will know the ins and outs of your business before they even start work. You can incorporate real-life situations into your training programme to ensure full compliance and optimum performance, giving you the peace of mind you need that employees know just what they're doing.

    So, if you want to be confident that your business needs are being met, make sure to consider investing in bespoke health and safety software. Our system will ensure your employees receive the training they need to meet all necessary standards, all with a highly personal edge to make retention and understanding even easier, so get in touch today and see the difference that Rapid Induct can make to your business.

  • Ensure Health and Safety Compliance with the Right Software

    posted on: December 9th, 2011

    As a business owner you're wholly responsible for the health and safety of your employees. Failing to follow the necessary guidelines can mean you're in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and a central component of ensuring full compliance is the provision of health and safety courses for every one of your employees. Luckily this needn't be that difficult to arrange, because if you invest in the right software it can make all the difference.

    Gone are the days when you have to provide face-to-face training – in the modern business world convenience is everything, and with online training courses you'll be able to ensure full health and safety compliance without having to waste a second of the working day. There are plenty of different software options available covering everything from site safety and manual handling to safety awareness and inductions, and if you choose the right courses you can be confident that everyone has undergone the training that they need.

    But, you still need to choose wisely if you want to be certain that everything is under control, and that's why you need to get in touch. Here at Rapid Induct we're able to provide a comprehensive list of health and safety e-learning options to ensure full compliance for everyone involved, and with bespoke software always being available you can be confident of getting the precise training that you need. Everything can be arranged quickly and easily for the height of convenience, so if you want to ensure full compliance make sure to get in touch for software that can transform the way your company operates.

  • Advanced Reporting and Multiple Administrators

    posted on: November 25th, 2011

    Online induction by its nature must provide better options than the traditional face-to-face teacher approach. The feature set must also hand power to the client in such a way that they can easily see how to deploy it in their organisation, no matter the configuration. One of the best ways that this can be accomplished is through Multiple Administrators. This feature of our software means that a client can assign some power to a contractor so that they can issue their own training passwords and create reports for a particular department. However, it doesn't mean that they necessarily have the power to edit results or alter the training programme in any way. This means that you retain control over the training that you have assigned which can ensure that the contractor adapts to your needs.

    This can work equally well for departments within your own organisation as for contractor health and safety. It also means that you should have greater management options over your courses. If you are providing induction to new employees, then you should be able to build up a picture of just how long it should take to complete a particular course. This can ensure that employees are more conscious of their productivity and work to a schedule. You can also access multiple features for sorting your reports which can make the auditing trail much easier to manage. For instance, you will be able to sort reports by course, personal data, location, dates and so on.

  • Expedite the Training Process with Rapid Induct

    posted on: November 10th, 2011

    Depending on what your organisation does health and safety training might comprise any number of different fields and disciplines. If your organisation is expansive, this can make it very difficult to make sure that everybody not only knows what the rules and regulations are, but that they are qualified and able to carry out jobs on a day to day basis without breaking the law. By not following health and safety rules, your company could leave itself open to being sued which could be a costly process.

    One of the best ways of making sure that your employees are up to code is to introduce them to health and safety e-learning. Training employees online can enhance the versatility and control with which you ensure the safety and prosperity of your workforce. At Rapid Induct, we have created a variety of different platforms that can enable your to train your staff properly. Our software adapts to meet your needs, meaning that it doesn't matter what you do, there is always application and scope to ensure learning.

    Often one of the primary concerns about induction is how to expedite the process so that your employees are up to code and contributing as soon as possible. Lengthy inductions can effectively halt or slow your productivity so opting for health and safety training online will prove to be a more effective and faster option. Our software comprises of Rapid Induct, Rapid Contractor Management and Rapid incident reporting, which should cover many if not all of your requirements.