Health and Safety

Join us at our Derby centre to learn about your legal responsibilities under the Confined Space & Working at Height Regulations

07 June 2024     News

As an employer, are you fully aware of your legal responsibilities under the Confined Space Regulations 1997 and Working at Height Regulations 2005? If you’re uncertain, our upcoming open morning in Derby is the perfect opportunity for you to gain clarity and insight.

What You Can Expect

Expert Talks: Hear directly from our Trainers as they discuss the intricacies and importance of these regulations.

Latest Compliance Training: Gain valuable insights into the latest training available to ensure compliance.

State-of-the-Art Facilities: Tour our training facilities and see first-hand the resources available to you.

Live Q&A Panel: Participate in a panel discussion featuring representatives from Develop and the Environment Agency.

Safety Demonstrations: Watch live safety demonstrations by the Ambulance Hazardous Response Team (HART).

Networking Opportunities: Connect with industry professionals and peers. Engage with experienced Trainers and get your questions answered.

As an added incentive, you can also enjoy breakfast on us!

The details

Date: Friday, 16th August

Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Location: Develop Training, Ascot Drive, Derby, DE24 8GW

Note: Spaces for this event are limited. Ensure you secure your spot by signing up promptly.


Register Now:

Don’t miss this opportunity to stay informed and compliant with critical safety regulations. Join us in Derby and take a proactive step towards enhancing your workplace safety.

UKATA Asbestos Awareness training dates announced

   09 February 2024     News

Develop Training, the UK’s leading accredited provider of compliance, technical, and safety training, is pleased to announce new training dates for its UKATA Asbestos Awareness course. In response to overwhelming demand we are offering two half-day virtual classroom training sessions on the 8th of April 2024 and the 18th of July 2024.

What to Expect:

1. Half-Day Virtual Classroom Delivery:
Attend the training from the comfort of your own environment. The course will be delivered via Microsoft Teams/Zoom by Ridgeway Environmental Ltd who are UKATA approved Professional Member Number 337.

2. Building Awareness and Knowledge:
The course aims to provide participants with a deep understanding of the hazards and risks associated with asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). By the end of the training, you will be equipped with the knowledge needed to identify, assess, and mitigate risks related to asbestos in various work environments.

What You’ll Learn About Asbestos:

Nature and Properties of Asbestos:
– Gain increased awareness of the nature and properties of asbestos.
– Understand the health effects, including the heightened risk of lung cancer for those who smoke and work with asbestos.

Types, Uses, and Occurrences of Asbestos:
– Become familiar with the various types and uses of asbestos in buildings and relevant plant items.
– Identify likely occurrences of asbestos and learn to navigate potential risks.

Risk Avoidance and Mitigation:
– Know where to access information on asbestos in premises before commencing work.
– Learn what steps to take if suspicious materials are discovered.
– Understand the importance of workplace precautions, including the risk assessment process.

Safe Work Practices:
– Undertake work activities safely, minimising risks to yourself and others.
– Comprehend key aspects of asbestos regulations within the broader context of health and safety legislation.

Emergency Preparedness:
– Understand procedures for unintentional contact with ACMs.
– Familiarise yourself with appropriate emergency arrangements.

Why do employees need asbestos awareness training?

Asbestos awareness is crucial for the well-being of employees and others affected by work activities. This course not only meets regulatory requirements but goes beyond, empowering individuals to contribute to a safer working environment.

Secure your spot on an online Asbestos Awareness training course

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your knowledge and contribute to a safer workplace. Secure your spot for the upcoming training dates on the 8th of April 2024 and the 18th of July 2024. Limited spaces are available, so act fast!

For further information and to book your space, please visit:


This UKATA course, that we are offering for sale, is sold under license from Ridgeway Environmental Ltd who are UKATA approved Professional Member Number 337 and Develop Training are not a UKATA Professional Member for this classification of training, Asbestos Awareness.

Falling Short: Addressing the Alarming Rise in Construction Fatalities

   24 January 2024     News

A recent report highlighting a 22% increase in fatal incidents within the UK construction industry during the 2022/23 period demands urgent attention and collective action. The data underscores the critical need for comprehensive safety measures to mitigate risks, with falls from heights being the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal incidents in the construction sector.

As providers of essential training for those in the building services engineering sector, it is imperative to address this issue head-on and work towards fostering a culture of safety. In this response, we explore some simple strategies that companies can adopt to prevent accidents on construction sites.

1. Prioritise Working at Height Training

Half of all deaths on site are due to a fall from height. This statistic underscores the alarming prevalence of falls from heights, making it essential for companies to prioritise comprehensive working at height safety training. Training programmes should encompass the identification of potential hazards, the correct use of safety equipment, and the importance of risk assessments. Training will also ensure that employers and their employees understand the requirements of the relevant Legislation, specifically the Working at Height Regulations.

Ensuring that workers are well-versed in safe work practices at elevated positions is fundamental to reducing the incidence of fatal falls.

Need working at height training? Develop offer two WAH courses:

2. Equipment Selection & Regular Equipment Inspections

Using the correct equipment is essential in preventing falls and other accidents. Regularly inspecting and maintaining safety equipment, such as harnesses and scaffolding, is crucial. Companies must establish a robust system for equipment checks to identify and rectify any potential issues promptly. This proactive approach can significantly contribute to preventing accidents and ensuring the safety of workers at all times.

3. Mitigate Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips, trips, and falls account for a quarter of all injuries in the construction industry. To address this, companies should prioritise and manage good housekeeping by keeping work environments clean, dry, well-lit, and free of obstacles. Immediate cleanup of spillages and thorough deep cleaning after working hours can minimise the risk of accidents. By implementing these simple yet effective measures, companies can create safer working conditions and reduce the number of injuries.

4. Machinery Safety Measures

Installing safety guards on machinery and providing workers with suitable and sufficient PPE, such as safety goggles, are critical steps in preventing accidents caused by equipment. Ensuring that all machinery adheres to safety standards and providing adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential. By fostering a culture of machinery safety, companies can significantly reduce the likelihood of accidents related to equipment operation.

5. Proper Storage and Handling

Storing heavy objects close to the ground, implementing debris nets, use of tool tethers, and discouraging the unsafe practice of throwing tools are essential steps in preventing accidents on construction sites. Establishing clear guidelines for the storage and handling of materials in line with COSHH regulations can contribute to a safer working environment and reduce the risk of injuries caused by falling objects.

The rise in fatal incidents within the UK construction industry demands immediate and concerted efforts to enhance safety practices. Training, proper pre-planning and management, equipment maintenance, and a commitment to creating hazard-free environments are pivotal in preventing accidents on construction sites. As training providers, it is incumbent upon us to reinforce the importance of safety education and empower workers with the knowledge and skills needed to protect themselves and their colleagues. By embracing a proactive approach, the industry can strive towards a significant reduction in the number of incidents, creating a safer and more secure working environment for all.

Need health & safety training?

At Develop Training we’ve health & safety courses to meet the training needs of every employee in the building services engineering and construction sectors. We deliver the majority of our training at centres across the UK including: Derby, Swindon, York, Essex, Manchester, Norwich, Birmingham & Linlithgow in Scotland, however, we can also deliver onsite training if required.

Click here to view our full range of health and safety training courses or here for our full range of training for those in the building services engineering industry.

Alternatively, you can speak to our Customer Service team on 0800 876 6708 or email

Innovative Mobile Unit Enables On-Site Confined Spaces Training for Compass Group

   28 June 2023         News

Last week, delegates from Compass Group UK & Ireland took advantage of our new mobile confined spaces unit and had their Level 2 Medium Risk Confined Spaces training delivered at their own premises.

Below, three delegates are pictured on top of the mobile unit ready to lower themselves down 3m into 35m of internal tunnels and horizontal shafts.

Congratulations to all those who attended the training and successfully gained their CABWI Level 2 Award in Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces.

Interested in finding out more about our mobile unit? Find out more here

Develop Training launches innovative e-learning courses to meet diverse training needs

   05 June 2023         News

Develop Training is excited to announce the launch of its new series of digital e-learning training programmes, accessed via a cutting-edge Learning Management System (LMS) called LEDA. The LMS has been specifically designed to work in tandem with Develops highly regarded BookIT CRM system.

This online content enhances Develops existing range of courses and provides an easy to use, convenient and flexible learning experience, catering to the diverse needs of Develop’s customers.

The initial set of 64 e-learning courses focuses on team development, leadership & management, IOSH, and a range of general health & safety courses from manual handling to fire safety awareness. More categories are set to be added in the coming months through collaboration and feedback from Develops valued customers.

A long history of innovation

When it comes to innovative training courses for the utilities, engineering, and facilities management industries, Develop has a history of setting the standard. In 2021, the company launched the utilities industries first ever City & Guild’s accredited blended learning training course for workers who handle high voltage electrical systems. This was swiftly followed by a range of other blended and virtual classroom programmes. Further to this, Develop has recently added a new state of the art mobile confined space training facility to its delivery portfolio and has just completed the development of a fully to-scale artificial street scene at its York centre. Develop is also seeking to address the national shortage of teaching and learning roles within the sectors by significantly investing in trainer recruitment via a project known as Evolve – further details will be available soon.

The way we learn is changing

Matthew Gray, Head of Operations & Training commented “The industries we work with are changing. In today’s market, our customers have seen interruption to business from the effects of COVID19 as well as disruption to supply chain and increased costs. Because of this there has been a shift towards businesses needing to train their employees in a variety of ways.”

“Develop has historically provided on-site practical training – and that will continue to be our main focus. However, following the successful launch of our virtual and blended training programmes, we have worked with industry professionals to develop a range of e-learning courses, many of which are professionally accredited by external awarding organisations. This will allow our customers to choose the delivery methods best suited to their employees’ needs.”

He continued, “These e-learning courses are designed to compliment our existing training offering and will allow our customers to reinforce their employees’ knowledge by providing additional learning opportunities without them leaving the office, home or on-site location. It will also help us all to meet our environmental requirements by delivering high-quality training in a more sustainable, efficient, and environmentally friendly way”.

A unique advantage for Develop

John Kerr, Managing Director added “One of the key advantages of Develops e-learning is the ability for employers to incorporate their own bespoke content, tailoring the learning experience to their specific business requirements. This flexibility allows businesses to address their unique training needs efficiently and effectively.”

Develop has been running training programmes since 2007 but has a history of training and assessment stretching back nearly 50 years. As the UK’s leading accredited provider of Compliance, Technical, and Safety training, Develop has successfully trained thousands of people at their state-of-the-art training facilities in Derby, York, Swindon, Linlithgow, Brentwood, Birmingham, Norwich and Manchester.

The launch of Develops e-learning courses, alongside a range of other high level investment projects, marks a significant milestone for the business, as it continues to solidify its position as a leading provider of training solutions. The company remains committed to delivering high-quality training, now combining traditional classroom and practical settings with the convenience and flexibility of digital learning.

Contact us

To start your e-learning journey with Develop, simply visit www.developtraining/digital-elearning and browse the online training portfolio via our brochure or contact our friendly Customer Service team on 0800 876 6708 /

Action Mesothelioma Day 2021

   30 June 2021         News

Although Asbestos has been banned since 1999, this deadly material is still present in an estimated 500,000 buildings constructed before then, posing a huge risk to anyone who comes into contact with it.

In fact, IOSH report that in Britain, more than 2,500 people die from mesothelioma every year because of past exposure to asbestos.

Action Mesothelioma Day 2021

On Action Mesothelioma Day (Action Meso Day) Friday 2nd July, support groups, charities and other organisations and individuals will come together to call for more awareness of the dangers of asbestos.

Develop Training are calling on people to take the dangers of asbestos seriously and help to support Action Meso Day by sharing posts on social media using the hashtag #ActionMeso.

Understanding the risks of asbestos & implementing control measures

If you want to understand the risks posed by asbestos containing materials (ACMs) and learn how to put safeguarding measures in place then Develop currently offer two training courses that can be delivered on-site, in centre or virtually to suit your needs:

UKATA Asbestos Awareness

A training course to provide an awareness and develop the knowledge amongst employees as regards the hazards and risks posed by asbestos containing materials (ACMs). The course further gives an overview of the legislative measures in place to permit employees to safeguard themselves and others affected by work activities.

UKATA Asbestos Awareness in Soil and Made Ground

A training course to provide an awareness of and develop knowledge amongst employees regarding the hazards and risks posed by soils and surrounding ground on sites that may contain ACMs. This course is for supervisors and trades personnel, including trainees, such as but not limited to: site managers/supervisors/agents, site remediation employees, construction workers, ground workers, plant and machinery operators, utility installers/maintainers and other such professionals.

An introduction to working with asbestos

Download our free eBook to help you manage asbestos here. Containing a range of useful information for both employers and those working directly with asbestos, it will help you put in place the correct measures to protect your staff and visitors from the dangers that surround exposure to asbestos.

For further information on asbestos-related training, or to no obligation consultation, then contact us on 0800 876 6708 or

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