Managers and Health and Safety
Being a manager of an organisation is a tough job. Not only do you have to think about actually running the business and steering it through difficult conditions like economic recessions, increased competition and the like, but as a manager you also have a duty of care towards your employees, and are legally required through legislation such as the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR). This means that your business needs to comply with relevant health and safety legislation to ensure that you provide a safe place of work as far as is reasonably practical. No workplaces are totally without risk, but it is up to you as a manager to ensure that through a combination of risk assessments, effective control measures such as a permit to work procedure (for information about our permit to work training click here), provision of suitable protective equipment, employees who are well-trained with regards to health and safety, a positive safety culture where employees are encouraged not to take undue risks (e.g. if a job can't be done safely then it shouldn't be done, no matter what the time constraints) etc.
With regards to health and safety training and courses, for the manager themselves, attending a course such as the IOSH Managing Safely will give them a very good overview of their legal requirements regarding health and safety in their company, along with theory and useful know-how on subjects such as accident investigation and performing risk assessments. For those directors or in a senior executive position, an IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors course may be more suitable.
We also provide bespoke health and safety courses for managers which can incorporate various elements and be tailored to the exact requirements of yourself and other managers within your organisation. For more information on this, please call us on 0844 800 3295 or contact us online by clicking on the "Contact" tab at the top of the page.
Also:- If you are a manager on a construction site, the CITB 5-day SMSTS course is a qualification aimed at giving site managers information required to ensure the operation of a safe construction site.