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Management and Supervisors Health and Safety Training


There can be a misconception amongst some managers and supervisors within an organisation that because they are not on the 'front line' so to speak in terms of being down on the shop floor and facing dangers from hazards such as coshh substances or large machinery, that they do not need to be trained. In actual reality it is just as necessary for them to receive health and safety training and be aware of their responsibilities as it is for workers.

Managers and supervisors are the ones who establish the procedures and way of working within their company. Employees will often follow their example when it comes to how seriously they take health and safety in the workplace. If managers are not concerned with complying either with legislation or their own rules then the workforce is unlikely to either. Sometimes it can be even worse than this simple disregard for compliance; managers can actively encourage the circumvention of health and safety regulations in order to save time or increase profit margins.

For managers and supervisors who are serious about complying with regulations and creating a positive health and safety culture within their organisations, they will require the training to keep up to date with the latest legislation, as well as being taught how to recognise potential hazards and perform certain tasks such as risk assessments and produce emergency evacuation plans. They will also need to know how to effectively communicate health and safety information to staff.

Different Types of Health and Safety Training for Managers and Supervisors

There are numerous health and safety courses and qualifications available to managers and supervisors. For those who require a general overview then IOSH Managing Safely courses or the NEBOSH General Certificate will be an excellent option to consider.

There are also courses available that are intended for managers and supervisors which concentrate on a specific topic or industry. For example, there are CITB-accredited courses for those in the construction industry with a separate course aimed specifically at a site manager and for a site supervisor. The Site Management Safety Training Scheme or SMSTS for short is a 5-day course intended for site managers, whilst the Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme or SSSTS for short is a 2-day course aimed, as the name suggests, at construction site supervisors.

Along with all of the above accredited qualifications we also offer bespoke health and safety training courses for managers and supervisors. These can cover a variety of specialist topics to provide managers with the knowledge to implement safety procedures and monitoring to cover this particular issue, with our most popular being our COSHH for Managers and Supervisors course which helps to inform managers and supervisors of their responsibilities when it comes to hazardous substances within the place of work.

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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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