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3 Crucial Questions for Health and Safety Management


Introduction

As a director, manager or supervisor it's up to you to ensure that the message of a "safety-first" business is going to be the expected way forward from here. Changing the culture of a business can be hard work, but if you can change the perceptions of staff members and get them on-board with what you are trying to do then it will become a whole lot easier to actually achieve.

If you aren't sure what you should be looking for in the business in order to make it safer, you need to consider the following three questions to every member of staff. Each will help you truly understand how to take things forward and how to understand the world around you from a health and safety perspective, as well as quiz your members of staff about their own opinions with regards to managing safety in the workplace.



What Are Our Biggest Risks?

Even companies with near limitless budgets will still have health and safety concerns. There's no real way to make any place completely safe regardless of where you work, so you need to know what your staff are thinking about the situation and how they would go about improving the situation themselves. To do this, ask each staff member to give you an idea of what makes up the main risks to the company.



What's The Biggest Safety Objective?

Again, getting your staff to think on their feet and to give you an answer back is a brilliant way to keep them engaged, learning and active. To do this you simply need to get your staff effectively managing themselves and learning about the business. This makes a massive difference overall, and will make developing staff mentalities easier. If you get them to question these themselves, they are more likely to provide assistance later.



Is The Working Environment Safe?

Another key part of the process to teaching your staff and helping them gain confidence is to see what they make of the current working environment. Going through this together takes a lot of work and effort, but will eventually ensure staff members fully understand their working environment. It shows they are engaged and shows that they recognise the difference between theoretical health and safety protocol and it actually being enforced.



Conclusion

Engaging in a two-way discussion with employees is a fantastic way to get them involved and "buy-in" to the creation of a safe working culture. Make sure that you give them the opportunity to speak, praising and encouraging contributions, rather than doing all of the talking yourself. Employees who feel listened to and that their concerns and suggestions are actually being listened to will be much more likely to positively adhere to safety measures and procedures.




Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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