Ongoing health and safety training is typically viewed as a legal requirement with no real benefit to the business. However, it can have a greater impact than simply meeting a legal requirement, and can go far beyond simply fulfilling legal requirements. Why does the training need to be in place for health and safety reasons? In almost all countries, the requirement to train staff in workplace health and safety is legally binding, and thus creates a basic obligation for all employers - these laws may vary by industry and the risks your staff faces, but typical examples include general workplace safety for all employees, manual handling training for those employed in lifting, carrying, and transportation, and specific equipment type training (fork lift trucks). Further to this, it is important to ensure that the workforce is adequately trained to perform their duties safely, effectively, and in accordance with the company's needs and wishes. It's important to remember that workplace safety training doesn't only include personal safety skills but can also include vocational training that applies to a specific job.