Directors Need to Appoint Competent Health and Safety Managers
The Need for Additional Managers within a Company
Companies which grow even a small amount will soon find that it is impossible for senior managers and directors to do everything. They will therefore need to appoint managers to look after certain aspects of running the company on their behalf. Obviously the skill and competency of these managers that are appointed will have a significant influence upon the future performance of the business, as success or failure will depend upon the choices they make. Whilst they will still be accountable to the board of directors, who will themselves determine a lot of the strategy and direction, the managers will still hold a great deal of influence and responsibility for the actual functioning of the organisation, and will typically make decisions about the strategy for the company based on very broad guidelines from the directors. For this reason, appointing good managers is a crucial consideration for company directors as it can end up making or breaking the organisation.
Health and Safety is one of the most Important Responsibilities
Appointing good managers applies to many facets of the business, but one such area which is actually one of the most crucial is that of health and safety. Putting in place health and safety managers who are knowledgeable and highly competent will be imperative for creating a safe place of work which minimises the likelihood of an accident occurring. These managers will be able to identify hazards before they cause harm to anyone, and put in place the necessary modifications or safety systems accordingly.
The Need for Health & Safety Training and Qualifications
Competent health and safety managers will also recognise the need for rigorous health and safety training for staff members and managers alike, as it is everyone's responsibility for creating and maintaining a safe place of work. Whether it is courses such as the IOSH Managing Safely or a qualification like the NEBOSH General Certificate, or even a tailored, in-house health and safety training course for staff members on a particular topic, the provision of safety training is critical for fashioning a group (i.e. all employees) who can function efficiently whilst at the same time keeping themselves and others safe from harm.
Sometimes this appointment comes from within the company by promoting an existing employee to the position of a health and safety manager. It is imperative that they are fully-trained and have the necessary knowledge before they take up the role as a serious accident or incident could take place whilst they are still getting up to speed with their new responsibilities. Other times the position will be filled by recruiting an external candidate. Even if they already hold all the necessary health and safety qualifications to make them suitable for the role, they will still need to become fully aware and knowledgeable regarding the company's systems and procedures in order to carry out the job successfully and to the required standard.
A Continually-Evolving Job Role
Anybody appointed to the role of a health and safety manager will also need to understand the necessity for continuous study and awareness of how the job evolves over time. They need to make themselves aware of changes to legislation which will affect the company, as well as taking into account the changing demands and concerns of existing and future members of staff as expectations change or working practices / equipment / processes / finished products change over time.
Appointing a manager to oversee any area of a business is a major decision which needs to be gotten right, but when it comes to health and safety the consequences of getting it wrong can be devastating and lead to life-changing injuries or death. The recruitment and selection process needs to be rigorous to ensure that only a person who is suitable for the role is given the responsibility.