Often when starting a new job role, you’ll be required to complete some kind of induction or training. Especially for roles involving heavy machinery and other potential hazards. Health and safety training is crucial for the wellbeing of employees.
In this blog, we’ll take a look at the requirements employers have when providing training and whether or not they are required to pay staff during training.
In 1999, the Government introduced a new set of legislation named The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. These regulations cover things relating to the health and safety of employees and the training employees receive in order to comply with those health and safety standards.
In a nutshell, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 says that;
The important thing to not is that this training must be completed within working hours. But, are you entitled to be paid during this time?
Another regulation, titled The National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015 states that the hours an employee is training for, must be treated as hours of work. This means that any health and safety training or induction work must be included in paid time.
Finally, the GLAA licensing standard also touches on this topic stating;
In summary, these three legislations mean that employers must provide their employees with the appropriate health and safety training and they are also required to pay staff for attending.
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