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  • How to Manage Contract Workers More Effectively

    posted on: November 28, 2012

    Like many other business organisations, your company may well call on the services of outside contractors from time to time. To be sure, the flexible nature of contract workers can make them a very beneficial addition to your business. This may seem like something of an oxymoron but, when you think about it, it actually makes perfect sense. Indeed, whilst you may pay more money per hour (or per day) for a contract worker than you would a salaried member of staff; you can end up saving your company money as you only need to pay them for the periods of work they actually do.

    Contract Worker Logistics

    Despite these long - term financial benefits, the task of managing contractors, particularly in a large organisation, can sometimes be a bit tricky. After all, you will need to ensure essential aspects like recruitment, inductions, workplace health and safety training, insurances, access rights and suitable documentation are all taken care of before you can fully welcome contractors to your organisation.

    Moreover, the flexible nature of contract workers can also prove to be problematic at times. For instance, you may well bring in different contractors to fulfil different needs – some of them will be onsite, whilst other will be based off-site. Because of this, some of your contractors will have different pay scales, timetables and security requirements. Naturally, organising these requirements can take up a lot of your time and effort, so much so that it can often nullify the point of hiring the contractors in the first place!

    Effective Contractor Management Solutions

    Fortunately, we here at Rapid Induct have solutions available which can help you to deal with your contract worker issues in a far more organised and effective way. Indeed, our contractor management software can be an invaluable aid for managing your entire contract worker process.

    To begin with, our award-winning software can help you to dismiss unsuitable contract worker candidates at the recruitment stage as it will quickly identify those applicants who do not possess the necessary qualifications and/or insurance documents. Having helped you establish which contractor applicants are suitable to recruit, our software can then provide them with a suitably bespoke induction by way of its health and safety e-learning capabilities.

    Bespoke Health and Safety Training

    As well as a thorough induction to your company, you are legally required to provide health and safety training to each and every one of your contract workers. Obviously, doing this in the traditional face-to-face way can prove to be very time inefficient. Fortunately, our software solutions can help you to create and deliver online health and safety training programmes which are bespoke to your organisation. As well as being far more engaging than traditional ‘flip chart lectures; these solutions can also include assessment processes that are more interactive, and therefore more memorable, than standard offerings.

    So, if you’re looking to provide contractors with relevant training that is time efficient to your company, look no further than us here at Rapid Induct.

  • How Business Organisations can Benefit from Electronic Record Keeping

    posted on: November 22, 2012

    All business organisations in the UK are required to keep comprehensive these days records to ensure they are legally compliant with various aspects of occupational legislation and health and safety regulations. Indeed, British-based companies are required to keep records of a great many things, including: finances, payroll, sickness, and accidents, as well as many more besides.

    Invaluable information

    However, there are records which companies are not legally obliged to keep but which can be very useful to have nevertheless. Certainly, keeping comprehensive records of aspects like appraisals and disciplinary hearings can be very useful for any company as it enables managers to make important decisions, such as those regarding performance and productivity, quickly and accurately. This kind of information can also be invaluable when more distasteful decisions, such as sackings and redundancies, need to be made.

    Record Storage Options

    Although it is of course possible to keep paper records of all these aspects, many business organisations find that this option simply isn’t efficient enough. Indeed, the act of maintaining and searching through paper records can be very time consuming indeed. To this end, many companies now see electronic record keeping and reporting systems as being the option of choice in this field. The reason for this is that electronic variants are far more efficient than paper records as they can be immediately accessed and swiftly searched through. Moreover, these cost-effective systems can also help companies to make more of their physical storage space.

    Rapid Induct

    We here at Rapid Induct have long believed that electronic records can provide business organisations with a swathe of unique benefits and that is why we have developed our own award-winning employee reporting software. This innovative software can keep accurate records of individual employees and keep track of their concerns from the moment they first complete their induction training.

    In fact, inductions and online health and safety training can be easily integrated into our electronic record keeping systems. Moreover, our software also enables companies to run reports which show them how and when an individual employee’s training was completed and when/if it will need renewing. In addition, our electronic reporting software also comes complete with handy search functions that enable company administrators to filter reporting results by course, employee, personnel type, location and department. Furthermore, this type of software also allows users to set up automated alerts that can let employees themselves know when they are due to complete certain training courses. Naturally, this can be invaluable in particularly large organisations as it ensures training administrators or HR personnel won’t have to fret about organising courses and communicating information to all those concerned.

    Truly, when it comes to keeping, maintaining and using staff records to the very best effect, the benefits of electronic records are very clear to see.

    To find out more about the wide range of functions available with our electronic record keeping solutions, browse our pages further, call 020 7692 5098 or drop us an email.

  • 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 Benefits of Online Inductions for New Staff

    posted on: October 26, 2012

    As a quality employer, you will already know the importance of providing a good staff induction, as well as the legal requirements involved. The legal requirements for providing a health and safety induction are usually used to structure the content of the induction process, but even without these requirements, there are many reasons which make a good quality employee induction valuable. Online inductions are a way in which you can provide a bespoke effective induction at minimum cost to your company. Here are some of the benefits.

    Welcome New Employees

    It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in your chosen career, starting a new job can be a nervous and stressful time. The induction process should allay any worries your new staff have and is your opportunity to properly welcome them to your company. By giving them the information they need upfront, they will feel more confident and prepared when they show up for their first day at their new place of work.

    The induction is also your chance to present some information about your company's background, which help new staff members to feel included and part of the team. They will also feel that they belong to an organisation which cares enough to welcome them and share company values.

    Clear and Concise Information

    For important and practical health and safety matters, such as fire safety procedures and first aid information, it is important to make sure these details are communicated in a clear and concise way. One way you can do this is through a bespoke online induction program, where you can include all of the details which are important and relevant to your specific business and/or premises. You can also do this in such a way that the staff member needs to complete some kind of online assessment before they are able to move on, leaving you secure in the knowledge that every member of staff has fully understood what the procedures are and what is required of them.

    As well as information to meet legal requirements, you can also take this opportunity to include important company information and practices, such as your email and Internet policy, and your company dress code.

    Points of Contact

    For large companies in particular, staff very often do not know who they need to contact for different services. You can incorporate this into your induction program, advising employees of who their HR and payroll contacts are, for example, as well as where they are located and any phone or email information. You can also use the induction process to show the company structure and who is responsible for different sections of the business.

    Initial Training

    Most staff members will need some kind of initial training before they can start their new role, even if it is only in how certain software or equipment works. You can incorporate this training into the induction process so that staff learn the skills they need before they start, and even as they progress in their role.

  • Face-to-Face vs. Online Induction

    posted on: October 21, 2012

    When a new employee joined a company, the induction process would typically be carried out with another staff member face-to-face. However, more and more businesses are switching to an online induction process. Here, we take a look at some of the reasons why.

    Record Keeping

    No doubt your company uses many automated systems, such as a payroll system, accounting system, expenses system, and even timekeeping/attendance systems. There are various reasons for this, with the main being that there is a greater level of accuracy, it is more time efficient (thereby saving on human resources) and you are left with a record as evidence.

    As health and safety induction training is a legal requirement for all employees, having the evidence that this has been carried out is also vital in case of an incident or inspection. While traditional induction processes would involve one employee explaining to the other the procedures and requirements, followed by a signed declaration that this had been the case, more companies are now turning towards a more sophisticated approach. Using an online induction will give you a record that that staff member has received and understood the information, even allowing you to assess their knowledge at the end or as they go along. This avoids any ‘I wasn’t told that’ situations and ensures you are fully protected and legally compliant.

    Fewer Human Resources Required

    By this, we don’t mean that you can make half of your workforce redundant! Nor do we mean that you will no longer require any HR personnel. However, what we do mean is that by using online induction software to provide your staff inductions, you will no longer have to use another staff member, and their time can be better spent elsewhere. With new employees starting all throughout the year, and particularly if you regularly rely on contractors and temporary workers, this can equate to quite a lot of staff time saved and lead to a big boost in productivity, as those staff can focus on other areas and tasks.

    Tailor-made to Individual Needs

    Although all staff need to be made aware of certain health and safety procedures, different staff may also need extra training in specific areas. As you can incorporate company information and staff training into your online induction process, you can create different inductions for individual members of staff to meet their requirements. This again saves on existing employee time, particularly if you have many new employees starting on the same day but who need to be provided with different information.

    Respond to Current Trends

    Younger people are becoming increasingly more used to carrying out everyday tasks online, and indeed many choose this as the preferred means of communication. An online induction is more likely to appeal to them and the way they interpret and process information. When you create your induction program with Rapid Induct, you can rest assured that you will be left with a professional, slick and fully-functioning program which creates a positive impression of your company.

  • Contractor Management Made Easy

    posted on: October 12, 2012

    Employing contractors can bring a lot of benefits to your company. For the most part, you will have access to a pool of qualified and experienced staff without having to spend the time and money training them. When you have a short-term or urgent project, being able to start a contractor within a matter of days or weeks can be invaluable. Nevertheless, there are a number of aspects you need to consider.

    Contractor Compliance

    Having the skills and experience for the role is one thing, but there are many other boxes which need to be ticked for you to be able to hire a contractor. Most companies will use a contractor prequalification questionnaire before even considering any candidates, in order to establish that all the necessary requirements are met. For example, you can use this questionnaire for the contractor to upload copies of any relevant certificates, prove that they have the necessary insurance policies to protect you and them while they are working for you, and to establish any other requirements, such as eligibility to work.

    You can use our contractor management software to issue any relevant documents, such as company policies and contracts, as well as receiving necessary documentation, including signed policies, qualifications and proof of ID. This process is much faster and more efficient than having to rely on the postal system or risking documents getting overlooked when sent by email. You will be alerted at each step of the process as per your specifications, and when dealing with multiple contractors, you will also be able to see more easily where each person is up to in the process.

    In the event where you re-recruit a contractor or where they stay with you for a longer period of time, our software can also alert you when documents have expired. This is extremely important in the case of Public Liability Insurance, for example, and can even link to your access card system, so that a contractor cannot gain access to your premises without the necessary insurance.

    Decrease Risk

    Whenever you outsource work to another individual or company, there is a certain amount of loss of control. With this loss of control comes an increased risk factor. It is important, therefore, to monitor the performance of any contractors you employ, and there are various systems you can use to aid you with this. Access control will help you to monitor attendance and prevent contractors from accessing areas where they don’t need to be, and as mentioned above, these can be integrated into contractor management software to prevent access when a contractor no longer has the required insurance. You can also control IT systems so that contractors are unable to access files which may be sensitive or confidential.

    Health and Safety

    All employees, temporary and permanent, need to undergo health and safety training relevant to the premises where they will be working. Our online induction programs can be tailored to your specific needs and can provide you with a time and cost-efficient means of providing workers with the required induction.

  • Ensuring Effective Supplier Management

    posted on: October 05, 2012

    Suppliers approach and are recruited by organisations all the time. However, just as you need to manage your permanent staff members effectively in order to gain results and increased profits, so too do you need to manage any suppliers you use. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which you can do this.

    Pre-Qualification

    This stage is used for two separate purposes before you take on a supplier. The first is to find suitable suppliers for your needs. Rather than taking on any supplier which approaches you, you should always check that they are the best option for what you require. By using our online pre-qualification questionnaire, you can create a bespoke questionnaire which asks everything you want to know and gives previously unknown suppliers the opportunity to apply for the contract. This will then leave you with a shortlist of candidates who meet your actual requirements, rather than you having to manually sift through endless proposals.

    The second important aspect of a pre-qualification questionnaire is that it helps you establish who is actually qualified and has any other necessary documentation to carry out the task in hand. For example, if you require a supplier to have a specific licence in order to meet certain regulations, you can use the pre-qualification questionnaire as an opportunity to establish who has this licence and avoid wasted time.

    Make sure you fully identify all of your needs, including legal needs, before you put together your pre-qualification questionnaire, as this will ensure you remain legally compliant, as well as getting the best candidates for the job. A questionnaire will normally establish an organisation’s status, finances, quality, qualifications and ability to deliver, as well as considerations relating to the environment, equal opportunities and health and safety.

    Induction

    When taking on a new supplier, you will normally need to induct them into your company’s practices. The type of induction required will depend on your specific relationship with them and how they are going to supply your company. Any supplier who will regularly visit or work on your premises (such as in the construction trade, for example) should complete some face-to-face or online health and safety training, the latter being the more time and cost-efficient option, in order to make sure they are legally compliant and that you and they are protected.

    As part of an online induction, on or off-site, you can also include specific information you want the supplier to know, such as certain company practices or how you want them to complete specific tasks.

    Review

    Supplier review and performance measurement is another important aspect of supplier management. After all, you need to establish that every person or organisation working for you is doing so in a manner which improves and boosts your business, not the opposite.

    Our new Supplier Performance Review System can be tailor-made to include your own set of KPI, also giving the supplier the opportunity to complete a self-assessment which you can then review. This will help you to establish which suppliers are working well for you and allow you to make any necessary adjustments.

  • Helping to Boost Efficiency Within Manufacturing

    posted on: September 24, 2012

    Manufacturing is a hugely important sector in the UK and over recent months, the government has been extolling the significance of the industry in terms of jobs and the economy in general. However, operating a manufacturing business is not easy, particularly at present.

    Like a lot of producers, you might be finding it tough to balance your books. This means it is vital that you operate as efficiently as possible. To help you achieve this, it may pay off to take advantage of online health and safety training, supplier management software and so on. By selecting the right solutions, you might be able to cut costs while also boosting site safety and personnel management. Ultimately, this could bolster your competitiveness and help you ride out these tough times.

    You’re Not Alone

    You’re certainly not alone in feeling the strain. According to the latest survey by manufacturers’ organisation EEF and business advisors BDO, the past financial quarter saw some of the most difficult trading conditions since the end of the recession.

    It found weakening across most indicators over the last three months, while price falls have caused a squeeze on margins.

    Slower Demand at Home and Overseas

    The survey revealed that there was slower demand both at home and overseas and this had an impact on order books, with responses on UK orders turning negative for the first time in ten quarters. Meanwhile, those behind the research claimed that the drop in exports was not limited to sluggish demand in the crisis-hit Eurozone nations.

    Expert Response

    Commenting on the findings, EEF chief economist Lee Hopley said: "Pockets of growth still remain in some sectors, but overall confidence appears to be draining away. The sharp drop in export balances over the past quarter is a particular concern given their importance to UK manufacturers and also our economy’s reliance on exports as a source of growth."

    However, she added: "Some positive news can be taken from the improvement in the short term outlook and the continuing commitment to invest across manufacturing, as companies look to their competitiveness and market opportunities in the medium term."

    Lean

    BDO’s Tom Lawton remarked: "With this extremely testing global backdrop it is crucial that manufacturers remain not only lean but also nimble enough to respond to future opportunities as and when they arise. This is something that the sector has not been good at in previous recessions."

    Come To Us

    One way you might want to streamline your operations is by taking advantage of the superb health and safety e-learning and training tracking software we have to offer.

    Rapid Induct is the most dynamic online health and safety training and compliance solution on the market and it may be ideal for your firm. It allows you to track training, collect licenses and certificates, deliver document resources and much more.

    To find out more about this and all the other fabulous solutions we have to offer, just take a look around our website or get in touch with our friendly and helpful team.

  • Keeping on Top of Contractor Compliance Issues

    posted on: September 19, 2012

    As well as staying ahead of your competition and appealing to customers, your firm has to demonstrate that it is capable of keeping on top of compliance issues. These days, companies are subject to a raft of legislation concerning safety, worker management and so on.

    If you don’t live up to your responsibilities, you may find you are subject to long and costly legal proceedings and your reputation could suffer too. Thankfully, help is at hand. Rather than relying on outdated and inefficient health and safety compliance systems, contractor management solutions and so on, you can make use of sophisticated and cost-effective software.

    Perfectly Placed to Help You

    For example, you might be interested in using our contractor management software. Rapid Contractor Management is a bespoke solution. It enables you to create a central repository to manage your contractor data.

    How it Works

    If you take advantage of this system, we will engage with you and co-ordinate any combination of our dynamic proven online components needed to allow your contractors to perform the following tasks:

    1.Register

    2.Complete a prequalification assessment

    3.Provide compliance documents

    4.Receive compliance policies

    5.Process through to approval status

    6.Track their own compliance documents

    7.Issue or receive any training

    Meanwhile, our solutions incorporate real-time dashboards, bespoke alerts, bespoke reporting and compliance tracking tools. This helps to ensure you’re always in control.

    Recording and Tracking Health and Safety Documents

    Also, with our health and safety e-learning software, you can record and track any relevant documents for contractors to study. This is crucial in terms of ensuring that all necessary regulations are adhered to.

    An Individual Approach

    We know that no two firms are the same in terms of their health and safety and compliance needs and so we go out of our way to offer bespoke solutions.

    If you contact us for assistance with this aspect of your business, you should find we come up with the perfect solution for you.

    Allowing You to Focus on Other Things

    By taking advantage of our compliance and health and safety induction systems, you can free up more of your time to focus on other things. This may come as a welcome relief. After all, like many bosses you might often feel as though there are simply too few hours in the day to work through all of your tasks.

    As well as ensuring that your day-to-day activities run smoothly, there’s the all-important issue of customer service to focus on, as well as marketing campaigns, personnel management and much more.

    Further Information

    If you’re intrigued by what we have to offer and would like to get more information, you can get in touch with our friendly and helpful team by phone or email. We should be ideally placed to help you control compliance issues and avoid landing in legal hot water.

    It’s no wonder that a rising number of firms are taking advantage of services like this and if you don’t want to get left behind, now might be a good time to join them.

  • 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.

  • Making the Most of Online Induction Training

    posted on: September 05, 2012

    There’s no escaping the importance of worker and contractor induction training. If you don’t provide the relevant personnel with the information they need, you could run into a series of problems. For example, the risk of accidents will be increased. Not only can this cause human tragedy, it can also result in costly and time consuming legal proceedings. Also, your operations would not run smoothly. Without the right training, workers may be inefficient and they are more likely to make mistakes.

    The trouble is, traditional training sessions that involve face-to-face interaction can be costly. Particularly now, when market conditions are tight, the last thing you might want to do is rack up lots of big bills. Thankfully, there’s an alternative. You can take advantage of cost-effective and easy to use online induction training courses.

    Small Firms are Struggling

    If you’re looking for ways to reduce your firm’s expenditure on training, you’re not alone. According to figures produced by the Forum of Private Business (FPB), more than one in four companies are taking advantage of online training services

    In its latest training and skills member panel survey, 28 per cent of respondents said they now use web-based courses.

    It was also noted that 61 per cent of respondents thought costs were the biggest barrier to providing training for employees.

    An Important Issue

    Commenting on the findings, FPB chief executive Phil Orford said: “For the sake of small businesses and the economy, it is important that small businesses are able to access the right training for their staff at the right price. Unfortunately, while there have been some improvements recently, this is often not the case at present

    "But entrepreneurs are finding ways to provide the skills training their staff need that are more affordable than traditional routes such as expensive courses. This is particularly relevant given the training and guidance required in order to negotiate the minefield of red tape, which is why small businesses value handbooks such as our employment and health and safety guides."

    How We Can Help

    By taking advantage of our Rapid Induct system, you can access bespoke online training courses that should perfectly meet your organisation’s needs. We will assist you in creating and effectively managing your health and safety e-learning courses so that the inductions perfectly complement the needs of your industry.

    Our online health and safety training can also help you to deliver, record and track employee inductions and monitor other forms of online induction. In addition, it can assist you in delivering document and policy resources, collecting licenses and training certificates and issuing forms.

    The Future

    The internet is playing an increasing dominant role in the world of business and this trend shows no sign of reversing. By making the most of what cyberspace has to offer, you can help ensure your enterprise continues to compete effectively with rivals.

    For more information about what we have to offer, just take a look around the rest of our website or get in touch with our friendly and helpful team.

  • 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.

  • Delivering Bespoke Training to Your Staff

    posted on: August 16, 2012

    In these times of austerity, many companies are having to tighten their belts somewhat in regards to delivering training. No longer is it effective to have staff out in the field delivering health and safety training to a large number of people. Not only is this time consuming and expensive but for large companies who have high numbers of temporary staff and contractors, the necessary training may not be delivered as effectively as it should be. The practical side of the training is just one part of it, recording, monitoring and management of health and safety training is vital as well as necessary from a legal perspective.

    You’re probably thinking, well what other solution is there? Here at Rapid Induct, we are able to supply your company with a bespoke training programme, specifically tailored to the needs of your company or business. With the latest in health and safety e-learning, we offer training in fire safety, manual handling, forklift safety, amongst many others.

    Bearing in mind the current culture for suing businesses, it is more important than ever for companies to be up-to-date with their health and safety training in order to protect themselves and their staff from workplace accidents and injuries. Although, the main purpose of training is to educate staff and teach them to recognise and avoid potential hazards which may lead to injuries.

    Staying on the point of the culture for compensation, a company needs to cover their backs in case a claim is made against them. Rapid Induct can help here too: we provide bespoke health and safety document management so any documents or certificates for completed training, risk assessments or safe working practices can be recorded and stored securely in one central location negating the need for paper records. Especially useful for audit purposes, a business will be able to prove exactly what training has been provided to their staff and when.

    The software which is used to control documents is a powerful tool, allowing users to search for and upload documents quickly and efficiently. Passwords and limited editing abilities can be rolled out with the system to ensure certain documents are kept private and others can only be edited by approved personnel. This limited availability gives the necessary security to documents relating to individuals.

    We are a well-known company boasting some very high profile clients from all over the world, now we want to give you and your company the benefit of our experience and knowledge in the world of online health and safety training. Our experienced, friendly and highly trained staff can assist you from start to finish.

    Our close relationships with our clients help us learn what your business is about and what your specific needs are. Our tailored health and safety training courses are designed specifically for you, incorporating all of the essential elements and leaving out the stuff which isn’t relevant. All of our software is bang up-to-date so you can feel confident that you’re in the best hands!

  • 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.

  • Ensuring Security for Your Organisation through Access Control

    posted on: July 22, 2012

    Security is an important consideration for any organisation, but for some it has to be taken more seriously than others. Those that work with confidential data, such as the financial industry for example, need to take every step possible to ensure that this information remains confidential and doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. For large and multi-site organisations, this is even harder to control and needs to be at the forefront of every step the organisation takes.

    Having adequate and thorough recruitment procedures to ensure you have the right kind of staff is essential. If your organisation uses a lot of temporary and contract staff, then contractor management software can help you to keep track of the recruitment process and to ensure that you have received all the necessary documentation from them. This software can also help form part of an online induction, which incorporates company policies and procedures, as well as health and safety. It is important to remember that not all security breaches are intentional and malicious, but can sometimes occur through a lack of knowledge of what is and is not permitted in your specific workplace. Taking confidential information out of the building and losing it or leaving it lying around (as we see so many politicians and government officials do!) can lead to major security incidents, and often because an employee isn’t aware of the rules.

    Once you’ve selected staff and they’re on board, then security regarding premises and access needs to be your next concern. Modern technology advances has made this a much simpler process for large organisations through access control systems. By issuing your staff with site access cards, you’ll be able to easily control who is allowed to enter your premises, and which areas they can gain access to once they’re in. This is especially important when you use contractors, as you may well only wish to grant them limited access.

    Our card access system has other advantages too. It can record when contractor staff are on site, even sending SMS alerts so that the relevant staff are aware, and this information can equally be used to track their hours and attendance. You can even link the system to allow access based on certain criteria, such as only to those who have completed their online induction and who have the right and up-to-date insurance documents. Our access control system provides you with everything you need to put a complete access security system in place. As soon as new staff or contractors arrive on site you’ll be able to create and issue them with an ID pass straightaway using the card printing service (which can also be kept offsite), which will then be used with the type of scanners you choose to implement across your site. Scanners can include barcode, bio-scan and card-swipe devices, each of which have their own advantages and benefits. If you don’t already have an idea of which system you would like to install, our friendly staff will be able to advise you regarding your individual business needs.

  • Effective Contractor Management Can Boost Your Business

    posted on: July 17, 2012

    Engaging the services of contractors can have great advantages for your business in terms of productivity. Although the nature of contractor work normally pays more per hour (or day) than a salaried member of staff, it is actually a great way of saving money in the long run because you’ll only have to take on workers as and when you need them, plus contractors are normally recruited because they have all the necessary expertise to carry out the role, saving you time and money in staff training too.

    Despite the many benefits of using contractors, managing them, particularly in a large organisation, can sometimes become tricky. There is a lot of administrative work involved in terms of recruitment, inductions, workplace health and safety training, insurances, access rights and all other necessary documentation. Different contractors can fulfil many different roles, sometimes onsite, offsite or even a combination of both, with different pay packets, timetables and security requirements. This can take up a lot of time which could be better spent elsewhere and may even detract from the point of hiring contractors in the first place! Nevertheless, there are several measures you can put in place to give you more time and flexibility, plus peace of mind.

    Our contractor management software will help you to easily manage the contractor process from end to end. To assist with recruitment, you can use the software to whittle out unsuitable candidates for those contractors who cannot provide evidence of the relevant qualifications and insurance documents. Having established which contractors you are going to recruit, you can also then use the software to provide an induction and the necessary training through the form of health and safety e-learning.

    Precisely because all companies and all contractors have different and individual requirements, you can set up your software to provide exactly the level of contractor management you need. This can be extremely important when it comes to legal compliance, as having contractors who are missing the necessary documentation or who have not completed required training could be extremely damaging for your business.

    Using your contractor management software to provide inductions and training is another way in which you can cut down on time spent on administrative duties. For large organisations in particular, contractors may come through your doors every week or even every day. As well as a thorough induction to your company, you are legally required to provide health and safety training to each and every one, and doing so as each person starts their time with you is going to prove extremely time inefficient.

    Instead, conducting health and safety training online is much more practical. You can use the software to create a training programme which is bespoke to your organisation, so that you can be sure it includes everything you want to include. You can also include an assessment process that is more fun and interactive than a handbook or lecture, in order to make sure that procedures have been correctly taken on board.

  • Keeping Compliant and Up-to-Date with Accurate Reporting Software

    posted on: July 08, 2012

    Companies are required to keep all kinds of records. This isn’t just for their own information – although they can certainly come in handy along the way – but also to ensure legal compliance with various aspects of legislation and regulations. As well as records relating directly to finances and the business, you are also required to keep a number of staff records, relating to health and safety courses, inductions, payroll, sickness and accidents, to mention but a few.

    Not all staff-related issues require records to be kept from a legal point of view, however it is a good idea to do so on all areas of staffing, including appraisals, disciplinaries, and of course personal details for each member of staff. Having a wealth of information about your staff at your fingertips will help you to make important decisions, such as regarding performance and productivity. The information will also prove invaluable for more negative aspects of business too, such as if you have to attend employment tribunals or make decisions regarding termination or redundancy.

    Although you can of course keep paper records for all of these aspects, many companies find that this isn’t time effective both in terms of keeping the records and then subsequently using them to find information. Small as well as large companies are moving instead towards electronic record keeping and reporting systems because of the ease in which they can be used, as well as the efficiency they offer in terms of cost, time, space saving and security of data.

    Our own employee reporting software can keep accurate records of a number of different employee-related concerns, starting with recording the completion of a staff induction. Online health and safety training and inductions make it even easier to integrate these into an electronic record keeping system, and you will be also be able to run reports to quickly see how and when training was completed and when it will need renewing. The easy search functions allow you to filter reporting results by course, employee, personnel type, location and department and you’ll also be able to set up automated alerts to let employees know directly when they need to complete certain training courses. This can prove invaluable in a large organisation or one with multiple sites, as you won’t have to organise and check up on training yourself, it’s all organised for you.

    When staff aren’t required to complete training on their first day of employment, this automated system can prove particularly useful, as can the ability for employees to carry out their training online. An employee can receive the alert telling them there is training for them to complete and then click straight through to carry out – if they’ve time, of course. Online training itself is fantastic because it allows employees to complete it around their own workload, rather than according to someone else’s schedule.

    To find out more about the wide range of functions available with our employee reporting software, feel free to contact us and we can even show you an interactive display of exactly how it works.

  • The Efficiency of Online Training

    posted on: July 02, 2012

    Nowadays, it seems that almost everything is available online. As well as a wealth of information literally at your fingertips, the Internet also offers many services which have become revolutionary for businesses. The ability to communicate with anyone in the world via email as well as sell products and services directly online are just a couple of the ways in which the Internet has changed the way businesses function.

    Online induction training and other types of ongoing employee and contractor training have also made a huge difference to many businesses, big and small. For small businesses, a training course normally means that employees either have to go somewhere together or that someone else comes in to provide the training in-house. This can be costly, both financially and in terms of time, and the end result doesn’t even necessarily mean that the employees have learnt anything! All employees, temporary and permanent, have to undergo training at some point in their career at your organisation, even if it is simply health and safety, fire safety and equality and diversity training.

    Carrying out the health and safety induction online, however, is often a much more efficient way of doing things. Even large organisations who can afford to have a dedicated team member in charge of staff training or can buy in external trainers will find that online training is a more resourceful way forward.

    A Tailored Learning Program

    It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to learn, having a tailored program is the best way of getting an individual to learn. With Rapid Induct, you’ll quickly see that our bespoke training programs are tailored not just to the individual attendee but also to each individual company that they are created for. We know that one company’s health and safety requirements are not necessarily the same as another’s, and so having one health and safety training program to be used across the board would not be suitable. Even within one organisation, you may have different requirements for different job roles or for permanent staff as opposed to contractors, for example, so being able to create a specific program will benefit you here too.

    For individuals, online training means that they can learn at their own pace. Everyone learns in different ways, with some employees needing to take more time than others to consider the information. It may simply be a case of being in the right frame of mind or ensuring that their workload isn’t too much at the time. Often employees with busy schedules get frustrated at having to take time out for what they may consider to be ‘unnecessary’ training, and so don’t put their best efforts into it, and consequently don’t get a lot out of it. An online training program which fits around them is likely to get much better results.

    Training is designed to inform, and online training also usually gets better results because of the way it can ensure assessments are passed before the employee moves on, the results of which all being fully recorded of course.

  • Getting to Grips with Contractor Requirements

    posted on: June 25, 2012

    There are many advantages to employing contractors. Outsourcing temporary projects or even ongoing work means that you can save money in the long run. Employing contractors also offers you flexibility, which can be much needed in times of financial weakness, such as during the current recession. Contractors expect work to be temporary, and so ending contracts of temporary workers when you need to tighten the purse strings is going to be much more preferable than carrying out redundancies on unsuspecting and unprepared permanent staff.

    Employing contractors can also save you a great amount of time and resources in employee management and training. Most businesses will opt for a contractor who is already extremely skilled and experienced in their particular field of expertise, meaning you should have minimum on-the-job training to carry out. However, outsourcing work as and when it is needed can mean a lot of new faces through the door, even if that door is a virtual one. This can lead to a lot of administration through recruitment, clearance and inductions and can take up a lot of your valuable time. Nevertheless, with our service contractor management becomes someone else’s responsibility, including the health and safety induction and other compliance requirements. This is what we can offer you here at RapidInduct, allowing you complete peace of mind to run the day-to-day operations of your business, rather than all the administration necessary for employing contract workers.

    What Do I Need to Do?

    Before you take on any contractors, you need to make sure that you have the right insurance in place so that you are covered should there be any incidents. Your contractor staff will not be covered by your existing employer’s liability insurance, because they are not directly employed by you. Instead, you will need to also take out public liability insurance, which you may already have if you have customers or other visitors onsite. Any onsite contractors should also have their own insurance to make sure you are protected.

    When drawing up the contract that you will issue to them, you may want to include additional clauses to those which you issue to your permanent employees. Things like confidentiality and protection of intellectual rights are especially important, as are laying out the project requirements and expectations and clear information on payment.

    Contractor Health and Safety

    Health and safety is important and essential for all workers, permanent and temporary. Before taking on any contractors, a risk assessment must be carried out to establish what health and safety policies or practices need to be implemented. We use health and safety e-learning to carry out our induction process, meaning that you can upload policies which are pertinent to your business requirements, rather than having contractors cover unnecessary points or, worse, not being adequately covered.

    It is important to remember when employing contractors that health and safety works both ways. They are equally legally required to act in a responsible manner to ensure the safety of you and your workers, and this should be made clear in any induction.

  • 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.

  • Ensuring Contractor Compliance the Easy Way

    posted on: June 11, 2012

    When you work with contractors, you may find that you spend a lot of time dealing with recruitment and human resources. Contractor management software can reduce the amount of time spent on this, freeing up time and resources which could be better utilised elsewhere.

    Aside from narrowing candidates down based on skills and competency for the role, one of the first things you want to establish is whether potential contractors meet the minimum legal requirements for working with your business, including having all of the right documentation in place. This process is known as contractor prequalification and is completely separate to establishing skills and expertise. Most companies who contract other businesses (rather than individuals) to carry out a service will carry out some form of prequalification prior to tendering. It is important to remember also that passing the prequalification stage does not mean that that contractor will necessarily win the contract, just that they meet with the legal requirements for working with your business.

    Save Time – Do It Online

    While contractors may be well used to completing prequalification and tendering forms, it can become laborious and tedious when done over and over again. Likewise, if you contract a lot of work out, you and your staff may also find it tedious to sift through prequalification forms time after time. Using our online prequalification program, both sides will find it a much quicker and easier process to complete and quickly establish which contractors are able to tender for the project.

    As with all our other forms of bespoke training, our prequalification program is also completely bespoke, meaning that you can establish your own criteria and assessment questions.

    What Should I Include in My Prequalification Questionnaire?

    Your prequalification questionnaire (commonly abbreviated to PQQ) can include whatever you deem as necessary requirements for carrying out the work with your business. This may include looking at areas such as finances (past and present), qualifications, references, and policies (such as health and safety, recruitment, equal opportunities, etc.). You may wish to see evidence of all or any of these documents, which you can then easily store on our system.

    What’s more, if you decide to go with one of these contractors, our system will also alert you as to when these policies or certifications expire, so you can request updated versions from the contractor if they are still working with you. This is an essential tool to make sure that you are remaining legally compliant and is particularly important when considering.

    The PQQ is also an opportunity to find out how well you think the contractor might carry out your project or deliver the service. Getting some references is a great way to do this, but you may also want to ask further questions about the company’s staff and how their expertise and past experience match the skills required for your project.

  • 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.

  • Sharing advice over Contractor Management

    posted on: May 15th, 2012

    Achieving success in business hinges on a range of factors. Of course, you have to be talented and have the foresight to exploit market opportunities. Also, it's vital you possess the dedication, determination and courage to make your dreams a reality. However, as well as these personal qualities, it can also be important to benefit from some sage advice.

    With this in mind, you might be keen to spread the word to fellow entrepreneurs about the significance and effectiveness of contractor management software. Provisions like this can save firms money and hassle, while also equipping them to stand up to legal scrutiny more effectively.

    Passing on the secrets of success

    In a bid to help get enterprise in the UK back on track in the wake of the economic turmoil sparked by the credit crunch, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) is encouraging business owners to pass on their secrets of success.

    As part of the Get Britain Trading 2012 campaign launched earlier this year, it is calling on entrepreneurs to get in touch and spread hints and tips that may benefit others. According to the organisation, action like this could help to generate some "much-needed positivity".

    Chief executive of the FPB Phil Orford noted that the organisation's goal is to help firms succeed "by providing them with the tools to achieve their goals and campaigning for the commercial landscape that encourages them to thrive - which is so important for the economy as a whole".

    He added: "As a leading membership organisation one thing we can do is share the advice, guidance and experiences of successful entrepreneurs with our community."

    The importance of contractor compliance

    There is no denying the importance of contractor compliance. Many companies struggle to cope with this issue. After all, there is so much information to check, track and store. As well assessing compliance, firms have to keep tabs on a series of documents and then there is the issue of health and safety training to watch out for.

    If enterprises don't succeed in maintaining sufficient standards and records, they can find themselves subject to costly and damaging legal action. Meanwhile, if they use inefficient systems to achieve their goals, they can end up spending far too much money.

    Managing contractors the easy way

    However, if bosses are savvy and making the most of the technology now available, this task can be much more straightforward. Here at Rapid Induct we offer a superb system that makes meeting compliance requirements much easier.

    We appreciate that all firms are different and need tailored solutions concerning the way they manage their contractors. That's why we provide our clients with bespoke solutions that meet all their needs perfectly.

    Using our system, managers can ensure contractors are able to:

    • Register
    • Complete a prequalification assessment
    • Provide compliance documents
    • Receive compliance policies
    • Process through to approval status
    • Track their own compliance documents
    • Issue or receive any training

    If you're keen to find out more about these solutions, or our online induction provisions and so on, just take a look around our website. Meanwhile, if you feel inspired by the concept of sharing business insights, you might want to spread the word to other entrepreneurs.

  • The hassle free approach to Incident Reporting

    posted on: May 12th, 2012

    Incident reporting is an important aspect of modern business. Firms are now legally obliged to report and keep records of certain accidents and health complaints that affect their personnel or contractors. This has been an important tool in the process of making work safer. However, it also places bosses under extra pressure.

    Indeed, your organisation may struggle to conform to these rules. Ensuring that all the right information is recorded and tracked is no mean feat and if you're not careful, you could end up spending too much money on this goal. Meanwhile, keeping track of changes in the law can be tricky.

    Alterations to RIDDOR regulations

    Last month, the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 regulations underwent a transition. Since April 6th, employers no longer have to report injuries that keep workers off their normal duties for seven or fewer days. Also, organisations have also been given a longer period in which to report. They now have 15 days from the time of the incident, rather than the previous figure of ten.

    However, employers and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR still have to keep a record of all injuries that result in over three days of absence from normal duties.

    One of many changes

    According to chair of the HSE Judith Hackitt, this is only one of a series of measures that are being implemented.

    She stated: "This is just one of many changes we are making to the health and safety system to make it simpler, clearer and more easily understood - stripping unnecessary paperwork out of the system without compromising essential protections for workers."

    We're on hand to help

    If you find it tough to keep on top of this issue, you're by no means alone. Many firms struggle to make sure that the relevant accidents are noted down and that this information is dealt with appropriately thereafter.

    This is where we come in. Here at Rapid Induct we offer superb incident reporting software that can make the process far more straightforward and less resource intensive.

    Our solutions are effective in all kinds of workplace and they make it easy for anyone to report an incident. Also, they simplify the process of ensuring that the information noted down is distributed to the people who need to know. This means investigators can be assigned to look into the cases, determine their causes and then assign corrective actions to close out the cycle.

    Multiple sites

    Meanwhile, the systems we offer are also handy if you operate over multiple sites. Our reporting software has been created to manage high volumes of data for multi-divisional firms operating over a number of bases.

    This might be welcome news. After all, managing personnel in numerous locations is difficult, so anyway of simplifying your procedures is surely something worth considering.

    To find out more about these provisions, as well as our bespoke training, contractor management software and so on, just take a look around our website or get in touch.

  • 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.

  • Cutting Costs with Induction Software

    posted on: May 6th, 2012

    Inductions represent a crucial aspect of personnel management. Whether you're taking on new members of staff or are utilising contractors for specific projects, it's crucial they know exactly what they're doing before they start work for your organisation.

    If they don't, they're at greater risk of making potentially costly mistakes and even worse, they are more likely to suffer accidents. The trouble is, traditional face-to-face induction training can be costly and time-consuming. Particularly now given the difficult economic conditions you're working in, induction courses of this kind may place your finances under too much strain.

    Money Troubles

    After all, while there are some indications that business confidence is picking up, there is a long way to go before things return to pre-banking crisis conditions. Indeed, a report compiled earlier this year by international accountancy and business services firm BDO suggested that many firms are still in the thick of it financially.

    Its Industry Watch report, which was produced using research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research, forecast a slight rise in the overall number of business failures over 2012-13.

    The Importance of Adaptation

    During periods of difficulty, it tends to be those firms that are willing to and capable of adapting that stand the best chance of success. Indeed, business restructuring partner at BDO Shay Bannon alluded to this. The expert remarked: "There are real growth opportunities for UK companies, but the current two-speed economic recovery is more distinct than ever. Do not expect the economy to bounce back in the short term - and in the context of this 'new normal', businesses cannot afford to simply wait it out."

    How we can help

    One crucial factor these days that helps to separate firms in terms of success is their use of technology. Harnessing the potential of sophisticated and efficient web-based systems, for example, can be a huge help to companies of various kinds.

    Here at Rapid Induct, we're fully aware of the importance of this issue and our online induction solution might be just what you need. By utilising this smart technology, you can stop relying on costly and time-consuming face-to-face training sessions and you needn't worry about lapses in standards.

    You'll be able to create an unlimited number of courses and you can tie these together using our special training matrix. Meanwhile, the courses can be produced using an array of multimedia, including video, audio, imagery, text and Flash.

    Peace of Mind

    The concept of remote learning like this may unnerve you. However, any uncertainty you have will soon disappear. After all, our bespoke training provisions contain an assessment function that allows you to test workers' knowledge at the end of every session. As well as providing you with greater peace of mind, this also helps to make the programmes interactive and engaging for employees and contractors.

    Of course, we also provide a range of other cost-saving solutions that are equally effective and can help you to manage your business. To see everything we have to offer, just take a look around the rest of our website.

  • Helping you control health and safety costs

    posted on: May 3rd, 2012

    You'll no doubt want to ensure that your workers are safe while they're performing their roles. Aside from all the legal problems you would face if accidents occurred, you would also have your conscience to deal with. However, health and safety can be a balancing act. If you spend too much money making your working environment safe, you might not be able to balance your books and eventually, you may have to cease trading. Of course, this would be a great shame. With this in mind, your firm might benefit from re-evaluating your current health and safety training methods, contractor compliance systems and so on to see whether you can make them more efficient and cost-effective.

    The impact of government changes may be minimal

    After all, if the comments of one expert prove to be correct, changes in health and safety legislation implemented last month by the government in a bid to reduce red tape for businesses may have a limited impact. The coalition administration suggests that the alterations will save companies a considerable amount of time and hassle in terms of filling in forms. For example, now firms only have to report minor injuries that happen at work if the affected staff member has to take at least seven days off, as opposed to the previous limit of three.

    BCC's response

    Responding to the changes, John Longworth, director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said they would only have a minimal effect. He remarked: "Extending the Reporting of Injurious, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences time to seven days is a welcome step in the right direction, as it will go some way to reducing the administrative burden many businesses face when dealing with health and safety regulation."

    However, the government's own figures show that this will only save firms £240,000 annually, which in the grand scheme of things, is tiny. According to Mr Longworth, if the government "really wants to get tough on deregulation", more action is required.

    Saving your firm cash

    Rather than waiting for regulation changes to save you money, it might be a good idea to investigate the solutions already available to enterprises like yours. Here at Rapid Induct we know how much of a financial burden health and safety laws can be and we appreciated the keen need among the business community to drive costs down. At the same time, we understand that this cannot in any way lead to standards being compromised and lives being risked.

    Our solutions

    That's why we've developed a series of systems that utilise the best of modern technology to boost efficiency. For example, you might be keen to make the most of our online health and safety training. This is less expensive than face-to-face training sessions and it is also highly effective. Another solution is our contractor management software. This allows you to assess contractor compliance, record and track documents, keep tabs on training and much more. Using systems like this can really help to drive down your spending on health and safety without in any way compromising your standards.

  • How we make multi site operations easier

    posted on: April 30th, 2012

    Operating over a number of sites is in many cases a sign of success. So, if your firm is based in multiple locations, you might well deserve to feel a great sense of pride. After all, this suggests your organisation's large and firms aren't able to expand and grow unless they're doing something right. Also, the bigger your enterprise gets, the more lucrative your operations can be, which is surely something to celebrate.

    However, it's not quite as simple as this. Sure, there are plenty of benefits associated with running multi-site operations and you should be proud of your achievements, but being in charge of an organisation like this isn't easy. The logistics of managing a company of this kind can be hugely troublesome and in the past you might have struggled with issues like contractor compliance, accident reporting, site access and so on. These days, the rules governing matters like this are strict and if you aren't fully in control, you can face serious problems. This is where we come in. Here at Rapid Induct we're fully aware of potential difficulties like this and that's why we've developed a range of applications that can make dealing with health and safety, security and so on much easier.

    For example, by using our contractor management software you can quickly and efficiently collect compliance documents like employers' liability insurance confirmation and so on and keep a central record of this. Meanwhile, thanks to our induction software, you can ensure that any new staff members and contractors have had the appropriate pre-work training to help ensure they operate safely, effectively and within the law.

  • Incident Reporting is Key in Health and Safety Systems

    posted on: April 27th, 2012

    Part of running an organisation successfully concerns getting health and safety right. Indeed, this is arguably the most important aspect of business. After all, there's nothing more crucial that protecting the wellbeing of workers and members of the public.

    To achieve the best results in terms of health and safety, it's important to operate a coordinated system that takes everything into account, from staff training to risk assessments and so on. One crucial element that cannot be ignored is incident reporting. This is imperative from a legal point of view. Your firm is required by law to keep a record of accidents that take place and if you fail to do so, you could face sanctions.

    Also, it's only by keeping accurate reports like this that you can monitor how well your firm is doing in terms of protecting workers. By analysing trends, you might well be able to address problems and make improvements.

    These reports are also crucial for any internal investigations you perform regarding incidents.

    However, in the past you might have struggled to achieve your goals in terms of reporting incidents. Using outdated and basic methods sometimes simply does not work, particularly if your organisation is sizeable.

    The good news is, help is at hand. Here at Rapid Induct we offer superb incident reporting software that can make your life and those of your workers much easier. By using these provisions, you can ensure that staff members benefit from simple and effective reporting systems.

    Also, the software makes retaining and analysing the information a breeze. To find out more about this, as well as our contractor management software and so on, just take a look around our website.

  • A savvy approach to security with site access cards

    posted on: April 24th, 2012

    If you operate a large, multi-site organisation, you're bound to have plenty of logistical issues to bear in mind and one of your major concerns might be security. With plenty of people coming and going from your premises and lots of contractors, new workers and so on moving to and fro, it can all get a little confusing.

    Without real care and attention, lapses can occur and this can lead to a range of problems. Meanwhile, trying to prevent such problems can be costly if you resort to old-fashioned and inefficient techniques to keep intruders at bay.

    However, as long as you're savvy and make optimal use of the technology now available, you can avoid such difficulties. Here at Rapid Induct we know how important this issue is and that's why we've developed superb access control provisions. For example, by using our site access cards you can quickly establish who should and shouldn't be on your premises. These plastic credit card-sized ID cards feature photos can be produced onsite. Alternatively, they can be printed at our card processing centre and posted to any inductees you intend to allow access to.

    By incorporating this into your employee induction process, you can make sure that people are who they say they are without going into detailed questioning and investigation at your premises.

    Of course, this is only one of many solutions we provide. If you're interested in finding out more about our online health and safety training, incident reporting software and so on, just take a look around our website.

  • Boost efficiency with online induction training

    posted on: April 21st, 2012

    These days, efficiency in business is key. If your firm isn't operating as cost-effectively as possible, you may stand little chance of achieving lasting success. Rival companies could take advantage of your shortcomings in this regard to steal a competitive advantage over you.

    One of the areas in which you might be keen to reduce costs is the employee induction process. While for small organisations that deal with relatively few staff members this does not have to be much of an issue, if you cope with a high turnover of workers or are experiencing expansion, you could be wasting a lot of cash.

    This is where we come in. Here at Rapid Induct we're acutely aware of the expense of this process and that's why we've developed the perfect solution. Using our online induction training, you might be able to dramatically cut your expenditure on personnel development like this without compromising safety as a result.

    By taking advantage of technology in this way, you can dramatically speed up the process of taking on new workers and you won't have to spend as much time engaging in resource-intensive face-to-face training.

    Also, using our system, you should find it much easier to keep track of exactly who's had what training, which can make your life more straightforward.

    To find out more about our online induction offerings, just take a look around our website. It could play an important role in your efforts to strive for greater efficiency and, ultimately, it may contribute to your long-term success.

  • The Impact of Effective Safety Management

    posted on: April 18th, 2012

    Managing safety is likely to be one of your main priorities. Sure, generating profits and steering your firm to success more generally is the ultimate goal of your endeavours, but this cannot be achieved at the expense of safety lapses. This is why it's so important to protect the wellbeing of your personnel.

    Here at Rapid Induct we're well aware of the significance of this and that's why we provide a range of advanced solutions to make achieving your safety goals more straightforward. For example, you might well benefit from having a look at our contractor management software. This can help you to collect and track compliance documents such as public liability insurance documentation.

    Also, you may well be interested in our induction e-learning provisions. These help you ensure that all personnel who start working for your organisation have had the relevant training. Meanwhile, like all our offerings, it's also extremely efficient, helping to save you time and money.

    It's vital not to underestimate the significance of effective safety management. If you do, your firm could suffer serious ill-effects. For example, if lapses lead to accidents, you might have the emotional burden of serious human suffering to deal with. Depending on the nature of the incidents, this can be immense.

    Furthermore, your firm might face costly and lengthy legal proceedings and you reputation is bound to suffer.

    So, to find out more about our occupational health and safety software and other provisions, just take a look around our website or get in touch.

  • The Simple Approach to Contractor Compliance

    posted on: April 15th, 2012

    Getting to grips with contractor compliance can be tricky. In the past, when firms wanted to get third parties in to help them complete their tasks, all they really had to worry about was choosing a reliable provider with the right skills. However, these days it's a very different story.

    Over recent decades, laws have tightened up to help protect workers and members of the public from harm and it's now necessary to conduct a series of checks before allowing these outside parties to start working. If you're not careful, managing this process can be tricky and, without intending to, you might end up on the wrong side of the law.

    With this in mind, you may want to check out what we have to offer here at Rapid Induct. We specialise in a series of solutions that can make organising contractors much easier. For example, our contractor management softwarebles you to record and track the compliance documents you need. It also allows you to keep records of the standards third parties must conform to and the health and safety training you must provide them with.

    Our Rapid Contractor Management system can provide you with a central repository to help you manage your data more easily and accurately. Meanwhile, just like the rest of our provisions, it can be tailored to your firm's precise needs.

    This makes managing contractors much easier and can take a great weight off your shoulders. To find out more about it, just take a look around our website.

  • Straightforward incident reporting

    posted on: April 12th, 2012

    When accidents occur in the workplace, it's important that they get recorded. This is not only a legal requirement, it's also vital if your firm is to monitor potential safety problems that need to be addressed. By analysing the information recorded through incident reporting, you stand a better chance of making real improvements to your risk management systems.

    However, unless you're careful, one of two things may happen in the wake of accidents. In the case of relatively minor incidents, personnel may not think it's worth their while to note the details down. Meanwhile, in serious cases people might be too distracted or distressed to take the appropriate action.

    The good news is, it's easy to minimise the risk of this happening. By implementing the most effective and easy to use incident reporting system, you can encourage your workers to do the right thing.

    Here at Rapid Induct we understand the importance of this issue and have developed the perfect solution. Our special software makes it simple for employees and contractors to enter incidents themselves, meaning they don't have to get supervisors to do it for them. They should find the process quick and straightforward.

    Also, this software makes it easier for you to retain and collate the relevant information for subsequent analysis.

    If you're keen to find out more about this, or check out our online health and safety training and other such provisions, just take a look around our website or get in touch with our team by phone.

  • Forget contractor induction headaches

    posted on: April 9th, 2012

    Your firm might rely heavily on the assistance of contractors to get your tasks completed. Using third parties like this can be a savvy way to operate. However, you might experience plenty of headaches as a result of your dealings with contractors.

    One of your biggest problems might be induction training. Particularly if you deal with a high turnover of contractors, this can be a nightmare. You might seem to spend far too much of your time going through lengthy and costly development sessions on your site.

    Because outside parties generally bill you from the moment they arrive at your door, this is a double expense. Not only do you have to devote personnel and resources to the training, you also lose out on value time that you're paying for and that could be spent getting tasks completed.

    Of course, you can't simply forget contractor training. This is vital in terms of protecting personnel as they work and it can also help outside parties to function effectively and efficiently. Also, it's a legal requirement for a certain level of instruction to be given.

    With this in mind, you might want to consider using our services here at Rapid Induct. We're specialists and have a great deal of experience when it comes to helping firms achieve their training goals.

    Our online induction training could be the perfect solution for your firm. By using them, you can ensure that the personnel who are scheduled to complete tasks for your company have had the relevant training before they arrive. This cuts out a whole layer of hassle and delay.

  • Making sure your Inductions are Effective

    posted on: April 6th, 2012

    Taking on new members of staff or bringing in contractors is not always easy. Finding the right people for the job and getting them started in their roles takes time, effort and money. With this in mind, it's crucial that you get the most from such individuals. Otherwise, your firm will be squandering resources.

    One of the issues you have to bear in mind is induction training. If you fail to provide the right type and standard of training to these personnel, you may face hugely negative consequences further down the line. It may mean that the workers are unable to perform their roles effectively, which will cost you in lost productivity. Meanwhile, perhaps more seriously, it could lead to health and safety lapses. These can be highly damaging.

    Thankfully, there's now a straightforward way to manage inductions. Here at Rapid Induct we're committed to providing the most effective and efficient solutions around and should be able to save your firm cash and hassle. Our online induction provisions are second to none and they can help you achieve the necessary results.

    These resources enable you to provide new staff and contractors with the relevant inductions in the most time and cost-effective way possible and you should find it easy to monitor exactly who has had what training.

    To find out more about our online induction training, just take a look around our website. Taking advantage of services like this could make a huge difference to your organisation, helping to ensure you get the most from your personnel while also upholding safety standards.

  • 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.

  • Efficient Compliance in the Face of Tough Economic Conditions

    posted on: March 30th, 2012

    If you run a company, you will not need to be told how difficult economic conditions are at present. Domestic financial concerns and international uncertainties have conspired to make trading difficult for many organisations.

    In light of these troubles, your company may well be eager to reduce its expenditure. Indeed, this may be the only way your firm is able to balance its books and remain in operation. With this in mind, it's vital that you operate as efficiently as possible.

    For example, when you are dealing with health and safety and training compliance issues, it's important to develop systems that allow you to meet all your targets without devoting too many resources and too much money to the tasks.

    This is where we come in. Here at Rapid Induct we're passionate about providing superb online induction training, employee reporting software and other such provisions that help you to stay on the right side of the law and promote health and safety within your organisation in an efficient manner.

    We know that without the right solutions in place, companies can spend vast sums on and devote far too many hours to tasks like incident reporting, training contractors and new employees and so on.

    That's why we go out of our way to provide systems that make optimum use of the best technology around and that offer common sense solutions to make our clients' lives easier.

    If you think your enterprise could benefit from our advanced and effective contractor management software and so on, just take a look around our website or get in touch.

  • 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.

  • Neglect Safety Issues at your Peril

    posted on: March 23rd, 2012

    When times are tough, it might be necessary to rein in spending and make your organisation more efficient. Cutting back in this way may help your firm cope with the tough conditions and remain in operation.

    However, there are certain things that you cannot afford to neglect in your bid to reduce costs and health and safety is one of them. Protecting the wellbeing of your personnel is not only a moral obligation, it is also a legal one. If the authorities find you guilty of committing infringements, whether they relate to training, incident reporting or anything else, you may face serious consequences.

    Indeed, you may be in line for lengthy and damaging legal proceedings and your reputation may be permanently tarnished. Therefore, it's vital to ensure that this issue remains at the forefront of your thoughts regardless of how strained your finances are.

    The good news is, as long as you are savvy, you can make your health and safety procedures more efficient and thus less expensive without compromising their quality. Indeed, if you come here to Rapid Induct to make use of our online health and safety training and other such provisions, you may well be able to enhance this aspect of your operations. We are passionate about providing the very highest standard of offering around and know exactly what firms are after.

    To find out more about the occupational health and safety management solutions and other such provisions we have to offer, simply take a look around our website or get in touch.

  • Keeping Track of Contractor Compliance Documents

    posted on: March 21st, 2012

    Like many firms, yours might rely on contractors in order to get your tasks completed. Having access to the services of third parties like this might be hugely important to your organisation. Being able to take advantage of the skills and services offered by outside specialists can be extremely helpful.

    However, there are certain problems associated with such activity. For example, it can be difficult to keep on top of all the paperwork generated as a result of work like this. These days, it's not as simple as arranging for firms or individuals to turn up and start work on particular projects. For this to be legal, the parties involved have to conform to all the relevant regulations. As the business using these contractors, it's your responsibility to obtain evidence of this and to keep hold of it.

    In the past, you may have struggled to achieve this. The sheer volume of information involved and the hectic nature of everyday enterprise can make such organisation tough. But, if you are shrewd, you can make your life much easier. Here at Rapid Induct we understand the difficulties you face and we have developed superb contractor management solutions that might be ideal for you.

    For example, our Rapid Contractor Management system is perfect for collecting and tracking compliance documents like public liability insurance information.

    Taking advantage of contractor compliance provisions like this could make running your company much easier and help you avoid accidental legal transgressions. If you think our contractor management software could be just what your organisation needs, simply 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.

  • The Efficient Way to Deal with Contractors

    posted on: March 14th, 2012

    Processing contractors can be a logistical nightmare, especially if you rely on a lot of outside parties like this. Your organisation may spend far too much time dealing with training, paperwork checking and so on. This can be a huge drain on your finances, compromising your profitability.

    But the good news is, help is at hand. As long as you know where to look, you can source superb solutions to help you achieve your goals efficiently and effectively.

    Here at Rapid Induct we have developed superb contractor management software and online training solutions that can make your life far easier. For example, rather than providing face-to-face training to all your contractors, you can make the most of our online induction training.

    This can save you a lot of time. Rather than having to run frequent sessions, costing you a lot of valuable time and money, you can ensure that third parties have completed the relevant training before they turn up at your site.

    Meanwhile, by taking advantage of our safety passport software you can keep track of exactly what training particular individuals have had with the minimum of hassle.

    Once you have started making use of technology like this, you might wonder how you ever coped beforehand. And as well as helping to make your operations simpler, this technology can provide you with greater peace of mind.

    There really is no better way to deal with contractors. So, if you are sick and tired of the difficulties associated with managing personnel, now could be the perfect time to investigate the possibilities open to you.

  • Accident Reporting the Savvy Way

    posted on: March 12th, 2012

    Preventing accidents from happening may be one of your primary targets as a manager. After all, considerable human suffering can be caused when such incidents occur. Also, there may be damaging legal consequences to deal with if any health and safety failings were to blame.

    However, the fact is it's impossible to completely rule out the risk of accidents taking place. Therefore, it's crucial that you have the appropriate preparations in place for if and when they do. For example, it's vital that you have a functional incident reporting system in operation. It's a legal obligation for your firm to record accidents and this can be impossible if you don't have the necessary procedures in place. These systems should be efficient and easy to use. After all, if they are not, employees may not record the information required and, if they do, they might waste a lot of time on the process.

    This is where we come in. Here at Rapid Induct we appreciated the importance of this issue and that's why we developed our Rapid Incident Reporting tool. This accident reporting software is perfect as a means of helping your personnel note down the relevant details in an efficient and effective manner.

    It includes comprehensive graphical and data reporting tools and features direct export to PowerPoint. Meanwhile, as well as reporting incidents, workers can also keep track of investigations. Just like our contractor management software and other such provisions, it can make your life easier and help your firm remain on the right side of the law. To find out more about it, just take a look around our website.

  • 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.

  • Making your Organisation as Efficient as Possible

    posted on: March 5th, 2012

    Operating a large business can be difficult. There are many different issues for you to take into account, and simply dealing with your staff members and contractors and making sure they have all the relevant training and so on can be tricky.

    In order to remain profitable, it's vital that you ensure you are operating as efficiently as possible and this is where employee and contractor management software comes into its own.

    By utilising the very best systems technology has to offer, you might be able to make your firm a lot more efficient, providing you with a competitive edge over rivals. Particularly at present, given the difficult economic conditions, this may be vitally important.

    One area you might be keen to focus on is employee induction. When you have to deal with a high turnover of workers and contractors, it can be a nightmare to ensure they have all had the appropriate training. However, achieving this is vital. After all, if individuals have not been through the necessary inductions, they are at greater risk of accidents. Also, your organisation can find itself in a legal quagmire if failures of this kind occur.

    Thankfully, by utilising the very best induction software, you can make keeping on top of this issue much easier.

    Meanwhile, another area you might be keen to focus on is incident reporting. Ensuring this process runs smoothly is also key.

    Here at Rapid Induct we are well aware of the importance of these issues and go out of our way to provide the very best solutions.

  • Why Firms are Turning their Backs on Face to Face Training

    posted on: March 1st, 2012

    Businesses are constantly changing, adapting their systems to meet the needs of the marketplace. One area in which many organisations have progressed over recent times concerns training.

    A lot of firms, particularly those at the larger end of the scale and those that deal with high turnovers of staff and contractors, have been gradually turning their backs on traditional, face-to-face training methods.

    While in certain circumstances, such techniques may have their advantages, on the whole they can be time consuming and costly, preventing companies from operating as efficiently as possible.

    For example, if they engage in such training each time they use contractors, they will suffer from lost productivity and high costs, with the contractors charging them for the extra time they spend on site.

    Thankfully, there are excellent alternatives to such methods. Here at Rapid Induct we offer superb online health and safety training solutions that could help your enterprise achieve its goals in a much cheaper and more effective way.

    Our Rapid Induct provision enables you to ensure that contractor induction has taken place before the individuals you need arrive at your premises. The solution is so sophisticated that it even allows you to ensure that the right people have completed the training.

    This can make your life much easier and help your firm to function efficiently. So, to find out more about our contractor training systems, just take a look around our website or get in touch. Once you start using technology to help you in this way, you might wonder how you ever coped before.

  • Straight to work with Rapid Induct

    posted on: February 29th, 2012

    Using contractors to complete tasks is vital in a range of situations and your firm may be among the many that rely on such outsourcing in order to meet your aims. However, there are certain problems associated with utilising third-parties on a regular basis.

    For example, it is necessary to ensure that all the personnel working on behalf of your organisation have had the appropriate induction training and, if you go about this in the traditional way, it can cost you a lot of money and waste too much time.

    Indeed, sometimes contractors require days of training and they may charge you a lot for this. Also, valuable time can be wasted and projects can be delayed because of the training process.

    However, you cannot simply skip this crucial step. If you do, you will risk the wellbeing of the individuals involved and your firm may face serious legal problems.

    But there is a savvy alternative to traditional methods and that is online health and safety training. By harnessing the power of the web in this way, you can make the process of compliance much faster and cheaper, and ensure it is less hassle for you.

    Here at Rapid Induct we appreciate the importance of this issue and that is why we have developed superb online induction training that is perfect for contractors.

    By eliminating the classroom element of your inductions, you can save a lot of time and money and thus boost the efficiency of your company by some margin.

  • The perfect induction solutions for expanding firms

    posted on: February 27th, 2012

    If your firm is currently expanding, you should be commended on your efforts. At present, it is tough for firms operating in many markets to achieve success, so being able to build enterprises up is no mean feat.

    However, although you should feel a justified sense of pride in your endeavours, you will no doubt run into certain difficulties as your company grows. For example, if you rely on contractors and operate over an increasing number of sites, ensuring you comply with all the relevant health and safety laws can become more and more tricky.

    These days, it is vital that all those who work for your organisation have received the proper training and that there is evidence of this. Achieving this can be time consuming and costly, and there is a risk that important information will get lost.

    And if you fail to provide the necessary induction training or evidence that such activity has taken place goes missing, you might find yourself facing lengthy and costly legal battles.

    But if you come here to us at Rapid Induct for assistance, you will be able to streamline this side of your business and help ensure that such problems do not arise.

    Our online health and safety training is the perfect way to deal with a growing workforce or increasing use of contractors. By utilising such provisions, you no longer need to rely on traditional, face-to-face learning sessions, which can be expensive and time consuming.

    Also, it is very easy to keep effective records of your employee and contractor induction activity.

  • Maintaining a strong audit trail in case of accidents

    posted on: February 24th, 2012

    Of course, when you are in control of an organisation, it is vital that you do your upmost to reduce the risk of accidents occurring. After all, not only will you have your conscience to deal with if problems of this kind arise, you may also face lengthy and costly legal proceedings, which could have a hugely negative effect on your company.

    However, it is impossible to entirely remove the possibility that accidents will take place. Even with the very best health and safety policies, there is still a chance that problems will arise.

    Therefore, it is crucial that you have a suitable incident reporting system in place. These days, such provisions are expected of you by the law and if you are unable to provide the necessary evidence when you are asked for it by the authorities, you may face serious consequences.

    Sadly, it is all too often the case that firms only become aware of the poor quality of their incident reporting provisions when it is too late and they are already in trouble.

    But the good news is, even if your enterprise is large and deals with many employees and/or contractors, maintaining a suitable system that enables you to keep a record of all relevant activity is now easier than ever.

    Here at Rapid Induct we understand the importance of such matters and go out of our way to help our clients achieve their goals. So, by taking advantage of our contractor management software, you can achieve greater peace of mind and help prevent your firm from experiencing legal problems in the future.

  • 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.

  • Boosting Efficiency with Superb Safety Inductions

    posted on: February 16th, 2012

    These days, it is more important than ever for companies to operate efficiently. The level of competition in many markets is rising all the time, meaning firms have to constantly up their games to ensure they retain their appeal among customers. Also, the global financial problems are affecting many enterprises, forcing them to rethink their operations and achieve more for less.

    If you are seeking to cut your costs while also boosting your productivity, there are a number of issues for you to bear in mind and one of them is health and safety. These days, it is vital that you ensure all your personnel, whether they are contractors or direct employees, are properly trained - and you must keep evidence to this effect. Also, you must maintain a strong audit trail and it is crucial to engage in effective incident reporting.

    All of this can take up a lot of precious time and money and, if you are not careful, dent your ability to compete.

    But here at Rapid Induct we are aware of the potential problems these issues can cause and that is why we have developed systems that can make your life easier.

    For example, you might benefit from taking advantage of our online health and safety training. This is much more efficient than face-to-face versions and it is also beneficial when it comes to keeping records.

    Of course, our offerings do not end there. We also provide superb incident reporting software and contractor management provisions that enable you to remain on the right side of the law without breaking the bank.

  • 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?

  • Reporting Incidents the Easy Way

    posted on: February 9th, 2012

    These days, it is an important legal requirement for organisations to report any accidents and incidents that occur within the workplace. This is part of the drive by many governments around the world to enhance employee safety.

    If your firm does not comply with such responsibilities, you may suffer costly and damaging legal action and this can lead to financial problems and can dent your reputation.

    Using traditional methods to note down incidents can be inefficient and difficult to coordinate and keep a record of. Indeed, over the years this may have caused you a great deal of concern.

    But the good news is, it is now possible to access superb technology that makes this endeavour far simpler and ultimately cheaper. Here at Rapid Induct we understand the significance of this issue and that is why we go out of our way to provide superb incident reporting software.

    Our systems make it easy for anyone within your firm to note incidents and subsequently to distribute this information to those who need to know. Investigators can then be assigned to find out more about the incidents, determine their causes and then assign corrective actions. This structured approach to incident reporting can make dealing with this issue straightforward.

    Meanwhile, our software has been developed to be capable of managing high volumes of data over multi-divisional corporate business environments and over a number of sites.

    And our assistance does not stop there. We can also offer fantastic online health and safety training provisions and contractor management solutions.

  • Contractor Health and Safety is Easier with Rapid Induct

    posted on: February 6th, 2012

    Managing contractors is not always easy. These days, it is not as simple as finding the right people, getting them to turn up and then allowing them to commence their activities. Instead, it is necessary to ensure that all the relevant health and safety procedures have been complied with.

    For example, before getting on with the tasks at hand, contractors have to complete the relevant safety training. Also, evidence of this has to be supplied and maintained.

    Particularly when you are dealing with a large number of such people, potentially over many different sites, this can be a nightmare to administrate. And if you get this wrong or attempt to cut corners, you could face damaging legal proceedings.

    However, if you are shrewd in your approach, there are ways in which you can make your life much easier. For example, by coming here to Rapid Induct, you can take advantage of our superb health and safety e-learning provisions.

    We can offer you a single system that enables your contractors to complete their inductions before they arrive onsite. Also, this software means that evidence of all licenses, insurances, work method statements and other such documents can be uploaded for automatic tracking and management.

    Investing in assistance of this kind can ultimately cut your spending on induction training considerably and can make your life much more straightforward.

    To find out more about our e-learning offerings, as well as our incident reporting software and so on, just take a look around the rest of our website.

  • Assessing contractor fitness the easy way

    posted on: February 3rd, 2012

    Sourcing contractors may be something your firm does on a regular or indeed a continual basis and you might find elements of the process frustrating, slow and inefficient. And if you are operating on a tight budget, such issues can be particularly worrisome. After all, overspending on any aspect of your business could ultimately render you unable to compete and thus to continue in operation.

    However, there are ways in which you can make the assessing of proposed contracting companies simpler, thus less costly. For example, here at Rapid Induct we are acutely aware of the mountain of paperwork you may have to sift through when you are deciding whether or not to use a particular contractor and that is one of the reasons why we developed our contractor management software.

    You can utilise such provisions when deciding on a contracting firm's fitness to perform work for you from a compliance perspective. This enables enterprises to register and to load compliance or other policy documents, including answers to assessment questions, insurance details, safety management places, method statement processes, sub-contractor standards and so on.

    And because our system is bespoke, you can create any assessment questions or processes you like to ensure you get the relevant details.

    This can make collecting and storing contractor information extremely straightforward and help your firm to operate efficiently.

    Meanwhile, when it comes to managing contractors, you might also benefit from our online induction training provisions. By making the most of such offerings, you can streamline your dealings with contractors considerably, helping to make your organisations more competitive and making your life easier too.

  • Effective Compliance Reduces the Risk of Costly Legal Action

    posted on: February 1st, 2012

    No matter what industry your firm operates in, it is of paramount importance that you adhere to the rules governing health and safety compliance. If you do not, you stand to face potentially serious legal action.

    These days, the authorities do not take kindly to companies that flout the law when it comes to protecting the wellbeing of their workers. Indeed, they can impose a range of damaging punishments as a result of such failings.

    However, if you deal with contractors on a regular basis, you might so far have found it hard to maintain all the records you need in order to meet the regulations. This may have caused you considerable anxiety and it could also impact on the efficiency of your operations.

    And, if it is discovered that you do not have all the health and safety documents you require and an accident occurs, you might face lengthy and costly legal proceedings. In some such cases, companies are not able to carry on operating as a result of such action.

    But by making use of our contractor management software, you should find you are able to achieve compliance much more easily. Our contractor compliance offerings provide you with a central repository to help you manage your data.

    Using it, you can allow your contractors to register, complete prequalification assessments, provide compliance documents, receive compliance policies, issue or receive training and so on.

    Not only can such contractor management solutions help your firm to operate more successfully, they can also provide you with greater peace of mind.

  • Easy Incident Reporting

    posted on: January 30th, 2012

    Incident reporting is one of the most important parts of the health and safety compliance puzzle. It's not just about following correct procedure after a serious incident either, although that is clearly very important. Proper reporting of small incidents and near misses is absolutely crucial too. There is nothing so damning as evidence that a minor incident was not properly reported and dealt with, and was instead allowed to turn into a major problem that resulted in substantial harm to a member of a company's workforce or one of their contractors.

    All small incidents and near misses should be treated as if they could develop into something more serious until it has been definitively established that they won't, and that any underlying issues have been identified and solved. Prevention is far better than cure in a workplace as well as in a single human body. Incident reporting software can make the process quick and easy, and also provides a legal paper trail that shows that the company in question has the correct procedures in place and is willing to act swiftly and appropriately if problems do ever crop up.

    A capacity to note and track health and safety incidents should work side by side with contractor management software, particularly when workers are off-site or working alone frequently. Off-site issues may be less conscientiously reported unless the process is both easy and readily accessible to those involved. It's important to record accidents and near-misses wherever and whenever your employees or contractors are working.

  • Managing Contractors the Simple Way

    posted on: January 28th, 2012

    The use of contractors is sometimes a very good way to improve business practices and profitability (not to mention flexibility). In some industries it's more or less essential. It does, however, introduce complications above and beyond any those which companies that only engage a standard full-time workforce have to deal with. Managing contractors can be complex and in some circumstances it can also be time consuming.

    For each contractor (and every one may be very different indeed, with different rates of pay, expected hours, and duties) there is a suite of information that needs to be constantly updated. While it is sometimes possible to do this manually, it's a lot easier with the right tools for the job. Contractor management software can dramatically cut down on the admin time a contractor workforce requires and improve overall office workflow.

    It can also ensure that the health and safety and other regulations relating to contractors are followed to the letter at all times. Wherever there are a lot of complex requirements relating to range of different contractors and a range of different situations, there is scope for error and confusion. Sometimes that can affect employment law compliance but good software can make sure all your contractor arrangements are in order.

    Contractor performance management can be automated too. With our tailored solutions it's easy to measure contractor effectiveness, and that's always the first step towards making concrete improvements to working practices. Information is power, especially if that information is well organised and easy to access!

  • Better Training Means Better Efficiency

    posted on: January 25th, 2012

    Unfortunately, we live in difficult times, at least where the economy is concerned. Almost all sectors are feeling the pinch and while many companies are confident that they can ride out the storm and emerge stronger on the other side, there are very few businesses that aren't giving some thought to improving efficiency and cutting costs. It's only sensible.

    There are all too many businesses that are being forced to close their doors. Thousands more are putting a freeze in recruitment, cutting down pay packets, and laying off staff, but those are just a few of the ways in which businesses can save money and often they are not the best ones. Lose staff and you lose the capacity to get work done and make profit. Cut wages and staff morale drops, and you may lose the ability to attract and retain valuable talent.

    The best way we know to lift efficiency (and hence improve a profit margin) is to improve workplace training. We provide much more than run-of-the-mill health and safety courses that use the same old techniques and the same old, tired training materials. Instead, we've taken a good hard look at the way training is delivered and found serious room for improvement.

    Take online induction for example. We can help you fulfil all your first-day employment law obligations as quickly and simply as possible, without wasting anyone's time or requiring expensive face-to-face tuition.

    Induction is just one of many points we can cover. If you're curious about what our employee training software could do for your business, we can arrange a free quote or a free demonstration.

  • Keeping the Right Records for Full Legal Protection

    posted on: January 22nd, 2012

    Maintaining high health and safety standards isn't quite enough to ensure complete compliance with legal requirements. Businesses are also required to keep certain written records, so if they are every challenged on a health and safety matter (after an incident or otherwise) they should be able to demonstrate that they have stayed within the letter of the regulations at all times. Many companies also like to include health and safety information in their annual reports.

    Records relating to a particular employee should start at the health and safety induction process, as soon as they arrive on site for their first day at work or move to a new position with new responsibilities- the training requirements may differ from job to job, so even if a worker has been with you for years it's well worth making sure that their training is kept up to the right standard as their career progresses.

    Health and safety management software must include incident reporting capabilities. These should go beyond a mere list of accidents and near misses. It's important that all reports are followed up, and that the business can demonstrate that appropriate action was taken in a timely fashion. Depending on exactly what the problem was, the company may have a legal responsibility to address it. They'll almost always have a clearly defined responsibility to investigate it. Accident reporting software should more properly be thought of as a kind of problem tracking software, recording all progress from the time an issue was first noticed to the time it was fixed.

  • Don't waste time when it comes to health and safety induction

    posted on: January 19th, 2012

    Every employer is required by law to provide a safe and healthy working environment for all their staff, and they're also required to make sure that all staff understand health and safety procedures and go through a health and safety induction process as soon as they start work. Some things are best learned by experience and will only really be absorbed over a period of time, but when it comes to safety, you need to make absolutely sure that new employees have all the necessary information from their very first shift. Accidents can and do happen to new staff.

    While the induction process should happen before the person takes up their full duties, there is no need to waste time when it comes to occupational health and safety management. All too often employers find that such training is necessary but significantly slows down the process of getting new staff deployed and working to their full potential. It doesn't have to be that way. With the right assistance an induction program can be as efficient as you'd like your workforce to be.

    These days it is possible to provide health and safety training online or through an appropriately tailored software package, so at the very least you can get all new staff up to speed on workplace rules and regulations without needing to take more experienced staff members away from their tasks to perform inductions, or hiring a trainer. There's no need to waste time - if you'd like to hear more about our swift, effective induction processes, get in touch today.

  • Reasons to make health and safety audits

    posted on: January 16th, 2012

    From time to time, most companies like to check that their health and safety compliance is all in good order. And why not? It's far better to identify potential issues before they turn into concrete incidents, and with a regular internal audit program managers and directors can sleep soundly at night knowing that their responsibilities have been fulfilled. It's sometimes worth performing special audits at other times too, such as after a few months of operation at a new site or after changed regulations have been put in place.

    In the worst case, an audit will identify areas in need of improvement. They might be related to policy or to implementation, but either way, they need to be fixed. Procedures might have to be altered, new equipment bought, or additional online health and safety training provided to help make sure that every worker and manager understands their rights and responsibilities. While an audit that flags up negative points is never good news, it's far still better than a serious accident or a hefty fine for non-compliance. The sooner problems are identified, the more quickly and cheaply they can be solved.

    If physical checks and examinations of relevant documents and health and software indicates that compliance is good across the board, a health and safety audit shouldn't be considered a wasted exercise. Shareholders are always pleased to hear of high standards and it's also good for the workforce. Nobody wants to work in an unsafe environment and a thorough audit shows that the management care about safety.

  • Review Reports the Easy Way with Employee Reporting Software

    posted on: January 13th, 2012

    Being able to review reports is a key part of ensuring health and safety compliance, and it's essential you've got access to quality systems that can keep things quick and simple. It isn't always easy to stay up to date with reports and compliance documents which is why opting for specialist solutions will be ideal, and if you choose our employee reporting software you'll be able to review reports the easy way to keep track of things without the usual hassle.

    Rapid Induct is able to give you instant access to all the information you need, and with everything being held in one central point you can be confident in its complete ease of use. You'll be able to keep track of individual employees and their level of training to ensure compliance, and with our system being fully automated you can be confident that everything is under control – the system will automatically send out email alerts to employees that are due to complete further training and with additional interactivity you'll have a system that can precisely meet your needs, offering filtered results and easy viewing to ensure you stay on top of all necessary training provision.

    Our system will let you review reports the easy way to keep things quick and simple, helping to ensure full compliance without having to worry about losing documents or falling behind with the necessary courses. With our health and safety e-learning and reporting solutions you can be confident that your workplace remains fully compliant at every step of the way, giving you the peace of mind you need in this kind of environment.

  • Adaptable Record Keeping With Rapid Induct

    posted on: January 10th, 2012

    Many employers can take some convincing that online health and safety training is as capable as a face-to-face teacher, but when time and effort has been invested in a platform specifically designed to do just that, then the potential benefits become clear. Accessibility is one of the biggest draws to our software since it means that not only can you create your own bespoke h&s training courses, but you can send it to your contractors before they arrive on site. This means that you are not paying them to learn about your organisation and safety standards and leaves more time for productivity. Our software is also adaptable to the many differing needs of a large organisation, regardless of whether it is general induction, fire safety, forklift safety, handling safety and so on. This means that you can create quick, intuitive and engaging induction courses that can cover everything you need in order to ensure the safety of contractors and employees when on site.

    One of the best reasons to invest in our solution however, is the fact that everything a contractor does is on record. This ensures that there is a strong audit trail if something does go wrong. It is a great way to cover your back and decrease the amount of risk that is inherent when training with a face-to-face tutor. Occupational health and safety management software like this enables you to quickly find all of the necessary data which can then be presented in a number of different ways.

  • Bespoke Training in the Workplace

    posted on: January 7th, 2012

    There is no one-size-fits-all training program that will cover all workers in all workplaces, and if there was it would be a terribly inefficient and wasteful one. The environment in which a computer programmer spends their time is completely different to the environment in which the workers on an oil rig spend their time. There are health and safety challenges in both places but their nature and seriousness vary dramatically.

    Someone working on an oil rig probably doesn't need to understand how to set up a computer workstation for maximum working comfort and the prevention of long-term neck problems and it's a very rare computer programmer that needs to understand the safe working regulations that relate to highly flammable materials. Their employee training record will read very differently.

    We like to think of a health and safety training matrix where businesses can select the modules that are right for their workforce. That way nobody spends time and effort learning things they won't need in their current role, but everyone gets all the training they need to do their job effectively and maintain appropriate safety standards. Of course, there are always legal requirements to consider as well. For every job there are a very specific set of health and safety education requirements that must be fulfilled.

    Our bespoke training programs are highly flexible, and can be adapted to meet the needs of a wide variety of industries. From mining to property fund management, we've created tailored training solutions that deliver the right information- nothing more and certainly nothing less.

  • Using Great Training as a Selling Point

    posted on: January 4th, 2012

    Everyone knows that the competition for a big contract can be fierce. There are often several possible candidates with a similar capacity to fill the brief within approximately the same budget. Often there might be very little to choose between them, and even if you run a tight ship it can be very hard to make your company stand out from the crowd.

    There are a number of ways a business can distinguish itself and improve its chances of picking up contracts. These days a lot of people look for a strong ethical and environmental policy, for example, so going green can really pay off. Then of course there is training- businesses that go above and beyond the letter of the law when it comes to employee education and health and safety training demonstrate not only a strong commitment to their staff, but also a desire to improve working practices and move the company forward.

    You may have to go beyond standard site safety induction processes but a demonstrable investment in training can make your company shine. It's a good selling point and another feather in your cap.

    Of course, extra training also works in your favour in other ways. It might just be possible to improve the standard of work your people can achieve, or make sure they are operating at full efficiency by introducing software packages to measure performance and improve productivity, for example. We can offer a wide variety of Induction training and software options to help your company shine in more ways than one.

  • 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.

  • Stay Compliant with Contractor Management Software

    posted on: December 31st, 2011

    Businesses of all kinds need to stay on top of all necessary health and safety legislation if they're going to stay within the law, and that applies whether they've got full time employees, contractors or a combination of the two. But, it can often be difficult to keep track of contractors' training requirements without the necessary measures being put in place, and that's why contractor management software should always be invested in.

    Software of this kind can help ensure you stay fully compliant by offering an up-to-date analysis of all the training courses each contractor has undertaken. It's easy to see where adjustments need to be made or if any further training needs to be provided before they can start work, and many software solutions will even let you carry out online induction training for a complete solution to your requirements. You're free to track their compliance documents and can ensure they conform to the necessary standards, all from one central point that makes the whole thing quick and convenient.

    So, if you want to ensure full health and safety compliance, make sure to get in touch to experience the benefits of this kind of system. Our unique software options can transform the way your business operates by giving you a quick and simple way to keep track of all necessary training data, and with our bespoke management system you can be confident that your business will continue to operate safely, legally and efficiently at every step of the way.

  • Why Choose Bespoke Training Solutions?

    posted on: December 28th, 2011

    In the quest to arrange all the necessary safety training courses, a lot of companies assume that generic solutions will be the quickest and easiest option. In fact, this will often be the worst possible choice – if you want to be confident that you're getting top-quality training from software that performs you should always consider Rapid Induct training solutions, and there are a number of reasons for doing so.

    The first reason for choosing this kind of software is the control that you can enjoy. You're free to organise your training provision according to your exact specifications, ensuring your employees and contractors are getting the necessary level of training to suit your precise needs. Then there's the fact that you'll be able to include real-life and workplace-specific scenarios which means retention and understanding will be enhanced, and you'll also have the added benefit of contractors knowing the specifics of your workplace before they even arrive which can in itself help increase performance and site safety.

    It needn't even be that difficult to arrange training of the necessary calibre, and if you come to us you'll soon find what you're looking for. Our health and safety training matrix includes a whole range of different courses for you to choose from, and with bespoke options always being available you can't fail to find what you're looking for. You'll find it quick and simple to tailor your employee training software for training courses that perform, so if you want to see the benefits of choosing bespoke solutions just get in touch and experience the difference for yourself.

  • Conduct Health and Safety Training Online to Save Time and Money

    posted on: December 24th, 2011

    In the business arena time is money, and you can't afford to waste either one of them if you want to be confident in having a productive and profitable workplace. Unfortunately there are some aspects of business management that can easily have an impact on this level of productivity and health and safety training is definitely one of them, but if you forego face-to-face training options and choose online versions instead you'll be able to save both time and money for the best of both worlds.

    When you conduct health and safety training online you'll be able to ensure full compliance without having to waste any of the working day, and this applies to both full-time employees as well as contractors. Employees will be able to undertake the necessary training without the need to waste time on day-long courses and contractors will be able to complete their inductions before they even get on-site, ensuring they're ready to start work without the usual delay.

    This also means you'll be able to save huge amounts of money – you won't have to pay employees for a day of training and the same goes for contractors, putting more cash in the business account to ensure profits remain where they should be. Investing in online health and safety training can be the perfect solution and can be the quickest and most convenient route to full compliance, so if you want to see the difference for yourself just get in touch for a time and cost-effective answer to your training needs.

  • 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.

  • The Importance of Having Accurate Employee Training Records

    posted on: December 19th, 2011

    We all know that providing quality health and safety training is a key part of business management, but what's even more important is keeping an accurate record of every course undertaken. Unfortunately far too many businesses overlook this most vital of aspects and fail to incorporate effective reporting systems, but this can be a big mistake – without an audit trail there's no way to be sure that every employee has completed the necessary training, and that in itself could put you in breach of health and safety regulations.

    It's all very well putting your employees on courses, but if you want to ensure compliance you'll have to prove that they've undergone this level of training. That's what makes accurate record-keeping so important and if you don't have a system in place to make sure of that you could easily come unstuck should the worst happen, because with an effective and up-to-date audit trail you'll be able to mitigate the risk to operations should the unforeseeable occur. Plus, having accurate records is also vital in the wider sense of site safety – if you work with contractors but don't keep records of their training you could easily let someone on site who shouldn't be there, and that could put the safety of the entire workforce at risk.

    So, never underestimate the importance of keeping accurate employee training records if you want to have a safe, secure and fully compliant workplace. Having the right employee and contractor management software can make all the difference and will ensure accurate records are kept at every step of the way, and if you're looking for a system that offers this level of accuracy make sure to get in touch and see what we can do.

  • Will an Online Induction be as Good as an On-Site Version?

    posted on: December 16th, 2011

    Site inductions are a vital part of health and safety provision, with both full-time employees as well as contractors needing to undertake this level of training before they'll even be able to start work. Traditionally these inductions were completed on-site but recently online versions have come into their own as a cost-effective and convenient alternative, but will they really be as good as face-to-face versions?

    In a nutshell – yes, and in fact they can often be much better. Online inductions can be a great way to save time and money because rather than wasting valuable work time your contractors can complete their induction before they even arrive on-site, meaning they can get to work straight away with no additional delays being necessary. And, with many courses being easily tailored to your precise needs your employees will have a thorough understanding of your individual workplace to ensure full understanding and increased retention, and ultimately they can ensure your site remains fully compliant with the minimum of hassle.

    Choosing this method of induction can be the perfect solution to your training requirements, making sure you meet all necessary legislation without having to waste time or money in the process. It can be just as good, if not better, than on-site versions and many companies are moving to this way of operating, and if you want to experience the benefits of online site safety inductions just get in touch to discuss your needs and you'll soon be able to see the difference for yourself.

  • 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.

  • The Benefits of Online Health and Safety Training

    posted on: December 4th, 2011

    Health and safety should be at the top of the agenda in any working environment, and making sure employees complete all necessary training courses will always be a key part of that. But, if you regularly use contractors this can be easier said than done – it can be difficult to keep track of their training requirements and having to give them an induction once they get on-site can be a huge time waster, and that's why it's often best to seek online health and safety training instead.

    Investing in this type of training has numerous benefits, not least the convenience of the whole thing. Your contractors will be able to undertake all necessary training before they get on-site which means that once they arrive they'll be ready to start work straight away, and you'll often find that you'll save a great deal of money in the process. Then you need to think about the bespoke nature of many of these training courses – if you come to us you'll be able to get tailor-made induction software that will suit the precise needs of your business, ensuring that employees are fully up to speed with your workplace before they even arrive.

    Of course, the biggest advantage of this type of training is that you'll be able to ensure full compliance, and ultimately that's what it's all about. You can be confident that you're meeting all necessary legislation whilst having a convenient and cost-effective solution to your induction training needs, so if you want to see the benefits for yourself just get in touch and see the difference that online training can make.

  • Choose Safety Passport Software and Stay In Control

    posted on: December 1st, 2011

    There's nothing worse than falling behind on health and safety provision. Not only could it mean you're breaching the law but it could also put the health of your workforce in jeopardy, so staying up to date with all necessary training courses should be at the top of the agenda. However, this can often be easier said than done – with so many employees it can be difficult to keep track of individual training levels – and that's why safety passport software can be the ideal investment.

    Health and safety passports allow you to easily stay on top of the training requirements of each employee, and if you choose our system you'll find everything automated for the height of convenience. Rapid Induct will automatically create a passport for each training course undertaken, and with auto version control you can be confident of getting up-to-date and accurate information regarding the precise level they've completed.

    Passports of this kind can be used to ensure full compliance by providing an accurate audit trail and to ensure that no-one will be let on-site without the necessary training – ultimately, they can put you in control to ensure your workplace remains safe and fully compliant. They can be the perfect way to keep up to date with the necessary training and it couldn't be easier to organise, so just get in touch to discuss your bespoke training passport requirements and you can look forward to having a workplace that will run as safely and as smoothly as possible.

  • 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.

  • Software Platforms For Your Contractor Safety Induction Needs

    posted on: November 20th, 2011

    It is a requirement of every company these days to provide an adequate health and safety induction course to all of its employees. For many this will simply be a straight-forward formality, but for companies making use of more manual labour, it will prove to be vital. Ensuring the safety of your workforce is paramount, but it is also a requirement by law and therefore making sure that your employees are well versed could ultimately pay for itself if accidents and subsequent litigation proceedings are avoided altogether.

    This is why getting your employees the best health and safety induction will be paramount to your organisation. Our software is designed to allow you to make the most cost-effective use of your contractor's time cutting down on the amount of time you have to spend training them. Our Rapid Induct software provides a comprehensive platform that will give you all the features you need to ensure that your contractors are always up to speed with your regulations and ongoing developments. The adaptability of this platform will not only enable rapid updates but also an engaging and accessible interface that will facilitate quick and meaningful site induction learning. On top of this, we also offer our Rapid Contractor Management software which ensures that what could be a difficult task in keeping track of compliance documentation and contractor data is a simple job.

    Should you need, we can offer you expert advice on how to implement the best solutions that suit you as well as offering our own unique courses for specific organisations.

  • Cutting Down on Contractor Induction Costs

    posted on: November 15th, 2011

    Contractors can often work for many different companies and it is not always guaranteed that they are up to code and regulation with any of them. Many businesses have their own regulations and objectives that have to be complied with which means that contractor induction is a necessity. The problem with this is that contractor training is usually conducted face to face and your organisation is not only paying for that, but also the contractor's time. Decreasing the amount of time spent on induction, or cutting it out completely would obviously be the best option all round.

    Rapid Induct has a solution. Our software has been designed to be accessible online meaning that your contractors can access the contractor management software and complete the induction before they even arrive on site. This means that not only can you inspect whether the right people are up to code, but you can also ensure that the right people have studied the relevant subject areas. You can also perform an assessment to make sure that the contractor has learnt the relevant criteria for doing the job.

    This can provide a great guarantee that your contractor will not only follow the rules as required by the law, but they will also embody the aims of your organisation. For many in the infrastructure and construction industries having work carried out that comes across as a seamless part of the organisation can be vital for customer and public relations. Our courses can ensure that your brand is respected and represented well.

  • 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.

  • Bespoke Training with Rapid Induct

    posted on: November 5th, 2011

    Bringing together a team of employees that are all working on concert with each other can seem like a huge undertaking. If you are an organisation with many different departments, then providing bespoke training to all who need it, and those who require cross-disciplinary knowledge might be a bridge to far to handle internally. This is why employee induction training with Rapid Induct is a great choice, particularly for those companies who have a large workforce or those who make regular use of contractors.

    Our scheme has been set up to provide an easy, intuitive environment which can be used in conjunction with induction e-learning to give clients the most flexible options when studying. By using our online software your employees can make use of our study tools anywhere and at any time. Rapid Induct has also been developed with versatility and scalability in mind and can be deployed for any sector from infrastructure to manufacturing to education. This ability to adapt to your needs is what makes this platform a great investment. It enables you to bring together previously disparate areas of your organisation in a simplified, logical way and enables site or division administrators to ensure that the right training is delivered to the right people.

    This software has a feature set that can make training engaging and memorable, since it can make use of video, audio, text, images and flash. Couple this with an assessment developer and you can easily ensure that what you have taught has been absorbed.