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5 Key Health and Safety Facts for Every Director

When working in a directorship role - which is a key position in any business - you need to be aware of what kinds of jobs you will be taking on, and indeed what kind of people you would expect to meet along the way. Understanding this will be vital to your success and growth within the business, but how can you effectively prepare for things like health and safety? As a director of a business, it's vital that you can set the agenda and the tone with regards to understanding the growth and development of the business.

Here are just five key facts that any director should know about health and safety, and its overall importance within the workplace:

1) It's simply a fact that you cannot force health and safety on someone - you need to work with people to get the best out of them in terms of concentration and safety protocol. Simply trying to frighten people with it isn't going to work any longer, so you need to be able to manage things in a better fashion. Whilst it is true that managers can insist on employees attending health and safety training courses as part of their conditions of employment; being open to absorbing the information and putting it into practice is something which they must choose to do of their own free will.

2) Health and safety is something that needs to be managed both legally, and morally. Making decisions for profit instead of safety is short-termism and therefore it's vital that your business can get the right mark and style to move forward with. Getting there will take some time, but it's vital to have a specific mandate to follow involving safety management. An organisation must be managed in a manner which priorities health and safety and long life, comfortable, effective living over short-term gains and profits at the cost of others

3) All management teams must be able to manage health and safety perfectly, and this requires you to understand the right controls and precautions for your industry. It's simply a fact that if you cannot explain, agree and adhere to the various health and safety rules and procedures then it will become equally challenging to get your staff to follow suit

4) Make sure you look at the law as the very minimum that you insist upon, not the maximum. Whilst modern-day health and safety legislation demands employers to guarantee vital safety standards, the best companies will go above and beyond to ensure the safety and wellbeing to people and the environment affected by their activities, and reap all of the subsequent benefits which this can provide.

5) Safe working and creating a culture of health and safety is vital to the long-term growth of any business, and should act as a long-term target for directors and senior executives.

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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