How Businesses Can Use e-Learning to Retrain Their Teams Post-Brexit

January 31, 2022

It’s been just over five and a half years since the UK voted to leave the European Union. After significant political struggles, a transitional period lasting throughout 2020, and fraught last-minute negotiations to agree on a Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) for future relations, the UK is no longer subject to the EU’s rules. However, after 47 years of EU membership, many UK businesses are still getting to grips with the new complexities faced. New health and safety regulations mean many operational activities must be evaluated and adapted to comply. These changes then need to be rolled out to teams, many of whom will be based worldwide.

In this blog, we review three key areas of industry that have been affected by post-Brexit regulations and explore how e-learning can support global teams in retraining.

Chemicals industry

Although we are no longer under EU regulation, safe and effective chemical management remains critical. The UK has therefore put in place robust regulations and guidance, which affects the following:

  • Authorisation of biocidal substances and products
  • Classification, labelling and packaging chemicals and substance
  • Use of plant protection products and pesticides
  • Registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals
  • Prior Informed Consent (PIC)

Manufacture and supply of new work equipment

To ensure that new work equipment is safe to use, new legal requirements are in force regarding their design, manufacture and supply. The following areas now require consideration whether placing products on the UK market or exporting to the EU:

  • Safety in design and build
  • Product conformity
  • Demonstration of product compliance
  • Provision of relevant user information

Civil explosives market

From 1st January 2021, the UK updated regulations to state that economic operators must not place, or make available, civil explosives on the market unless they meet specific essential safety regulations, attest conformity against relevant tests and correctly use the UK Conformity Assessment (UKCA). Further advice on these updates and details on UK Approved Bodies for conformity assessment can be found on the government’s Health and Safety Executive website.

Why localised e-learning for retraining is valuable

For many businesses that have teams distributed across the world, communicating these new regulations to ensure compliance is challenging. Much of the information is highly complex and relying on training in English risks misunderstandings that could result in errors in activity. Therefore, using culturally specific or localised training via e-learning provides the perfect solution.

How does localised e-learning work?

Your training may include a variety of formats, including written handbooks or guidance, audio-visual presentations or live workshops. By adapting your content to create localised versions of this training, where information is translated and culturally appropriate for your audience, you can ensure your team has a complete understanding of your business changes.

What support does Mission Translate offer?

With native linguists specialising in your industry sector and highly experienced technical teams, we leverage leading software to create high-quality, brand-consistent versions of your training material.

Our dedicated project management team delivers an end-to-end, tailored service, ensuring that every one of your specific requirements is fulfilled and you receive a ready-to-use product to roll out to your global teams.

Our services include:

All we need to get started is your set of project files and briefing guidelines.

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