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How Can Managers Promote a Health and Safety Culture?

The first step required before managers can promote a health and safety culture within their organisation is to create a comprehensive policy and undertake tasks such as the performance of suitable risk assessments and identifying the standards required by everyone working in the company. Once this has been established, managers can then go about the task of promoting these values and health and safety expectations.

The promotion of a health and safety culture can be done in a number of ways. The best type of promotion comes from the managers themselves being seen to actively participate in the implementation and compliance with procedures such as wearing protective equipment when walking in a zone where this is required. Workers look to managers to provide instructions and an example for them, and are likely to follow their actions as they believe that what managers are doing is the acceptable way of behaving within the organisation.

A health and safety culture can also be promoted through training, particularly bespoke in-house health and safety training courses, as these can teach employees not only about the risks that they face in the particular workplace, but will also inform them about the company's specific policies and unique procedures such as where to assemble in the event of an emergency evacuation.

Managers also need to monitor how their instructions are not only interpreted but also how much of a demand they place upon employees. For example if management demands certain output targets to be met, workers may feel that the only way they can achieve them is to ignore certain safety rules and regulations. It is therefore up to management to ensure that workers are not putting themselves or others in danger by trying to fulfil these targets, and it may be the case that extra resources will need to be allocated by management.




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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