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What are the legal requirements for providing employees with

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What are the legal requirements for providing employees with any form of training, once they have been employed, please?

Many thanks,

Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Kasare replied 4 years ago.
Hi Mike, thanks for your question. I'm Kas and I will assist you with this.

In order to assist you fully, can you please confirm if you are referring to general training or industry specific training (i.e. to your type of business)? Also can you please confirm what type of business you are in.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Yes, I'm in the leisure industry (sport & recreation), but it was a general enquiry about what training MUST be given to employees.


It would mainly focus, I suspect, on health and safety, but is there anything else that an employer must provide?


Is there a legal requirement for an employee to UNDERSTAND any training that is given?


many thanks



Expert:  Kasare replied 4 years ago.
Hi Mike

There is much legislation requiring employers to ensure employees are given adequate training to ensure their health and safety at work. It is not specifically defined as what constitutes adequate training varies depending on the job, the workers etc, therefore it affords a certain amount of flexibility to encompass the variety of employers/companies in the various industries, size of companies, employees etc.

The Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 provided that employers are required to provide whatever information, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of employees.

This legislation was then expanded upon by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations in 1999. This identifies situations where health and safety training is particularly important, eg when people start work, on exposure to new or increased risks and where existing skills may have become rusty or need updating.

There is no legal requirement that can be enforced per se in general circumstances that an employee understands the training, however, usually, the employer will for example require an employee to sign a form (particularly in large companies) to state that they have undertaken the necessary training as set out by the company on a particular date and understand the training given.

There are some employers or situations where certain training provides that an employee must pass an exam to ensure they have understood the training given.

The Health and Safety Executive does have a website where it provides guidance on training and how companies should address this.

I hope this assists, however, if there is a specific reason you are asking (i.e. you/an employee has had an accident at work and you/they consider the training was inadequate etc) please do not hesitate to come back to me if you require further information.