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The importance of refresher training upon returning to work

Refresher training can play a vital role in Health & Safety when returning to work during and after COVID-19...

Returning to work during covid-19

With lockdown being slowly eased over the past couple of weeks and the Government announcing that much of the Hospitality and Retail sectors can reopen, hundreds of thousands of people will be returning to their workplaces in the near future after extended periods of working from home or being furloughed. 

Health & Safety is naturally a concern for organisations at the best of times, but Health & Safety in the midst of a pandemic when employees are starting to return to work will pose a headache for many employers up and down the UK, and indeed, across the world. 

But what if there was something that could ease that headache? Something that can be implemented quickly, cost-effectively, and without hassle? 

Bitesize Refresher Courses

One of the easiest ways to bring employees back up to speed with Health & Safety and other areas of compliance is through refresher training. The majority of iHASCO's courses are designed to be completed in less than 30 minutes and offer an engaging, interactive way of completing essential training. 

Here are a few examples of refresher courses that may be essential for returning workers... 

Fire Awareness

Fire Awareness Training is a legal requirement for every employee and should be refreshed annually. We've heard organisations listing 'propping open fire doors' as COVID-19 precaution, which is incredibly dangerous and can void insurance in the event of a fire. Knowledge of fire safety will naturally be rusty after a prolonged period of time off work or working from home. 


Like Fire Awareness Training, DSE Training is also a legal requirement for DSE users. DSE legislation also states that training should be carried out when an employee returns to work after an extended period of time. 

With our IOSH approved course and assessment tool, working towards DSE compliance is simple. 

GDPR & Cyber Security 

The technicalities of the GDPR and Cyber Security can be difficult to understand and remember at the best of times, but if an employee has been away from work for over 3 months are they really likely to remember everything? Our GDPR Refresher course takes just 15 minutes to complete! Perfect for returning staff. 

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Each year, slips, trips, and falls are responsible for almost a third of all workplace injuries and over a quarter of all workplace fatalities. Your staff need to remember what to look out for. Common workplace hazards can be easily forgotten. 

Returning to Work

Returning to work during COVID-19 can be daunting. Our course looks at safety precautions, planning, and how to handle the first few days back. Help ease staff back into the workplace with our 25-minute course. 

What else can I do as an employer? 

  • Keep up to date with Government guidance - Regularly check the website for updated guidance on working safely during COVID-19. 
  • Implement a training plan - Decide on what refresher courses your staff will need upon returning to the workplace and use one of our training plans to keep staff updated. 
  • Take measures to make your workplace as safe as possible - If your staff can continue to work from home, then they should be encouraged to continue doing so. If staff need to return to the workplace, then you should make it as safe as possible. Use our guide to help you achieve just that. 
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