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Staff Responsibilities Towards Health and Safety

As a member of staff, it's vital that you and all other team members are kept abreast of the importance of health and safety, particularly moving forward. There is no excuse anymore for a lack of health and safety in the workplace and therefore it's the responsibility of everyone to come together and make this problem something that is consigned to the past.

Whilst the management team will lay out the protocol for risk management and other vital health and safety features, it's the job of every staff member to adhere to this plan every day. As is taught on the syllabus of the NEBOSH General Certificate course both managers and employees have health and safety responsibilities and expectations for creating a safe and healthy place in which to work.

Health and safety in work is no laughing matter; it has to be respected and used as a barometer of the success of any business. Whilst staff should expect a certain level of health and safety from the company they also need to contribute to this record themselves. To get this right, though, the level of learning and change that has to take place can be quite a challenge. The reward, though, is that you can get through your work on a daily basis and help get things managed and prepared.

Along with the legal and moral expectations of managers, workers always have a duty to take care of their own health and their own safety when onsite and this will never change. All staff must co-operate with the employer and their rulings about health of safety otherwise people - staff, management, customers - can be compromised and put in danger.

To get through this stage, attending an accredited health and safety course and passing an examination or assessment will not only teach employees a great deal of knowledge but their completion of the assessment(s) will prove that they have retained that knowledge. This and additional training on specific topics such as permit to work training will help ensure that safety protocols are better understood and more easy (and more likely) to be followed properly.

If you are unsure about the specific requirements of your business it would be best to actually speak with the employer or a management team member to learn these problems. It will make your life so much easier, and help you get things moving forward.

If you want to play a prominent role within a business in the future you need to play by the rules with regards to health and safety. Work with the senior members of staff and learn the importance of health and safety first. Then, you can start to promote this activity to others in the workplace. When you are part of a workforce or a team you all need to be working together and in harmony; this includes ensuring everyone knows their roles when it comes to staying healthy, safe and happy at work.




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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