Why a Manager Needs to Organise Health and Safety
The health and safety culture in an organisation is dependent on senior management buying in to the process and implementing this way of thinking and working by effectively communicating it to employees. If managers do not take health and safety seriously, either by blatantly flouting regulations or through turning a blind eye to contraventions, then workers will also end up engaging in dangerous practices which could result in themselves or others suffering an accident or illness in the workplace. Workers will either copy what management do or follow the directions that are given to them.
Even in a company where managers do actively encourage and promote a health and safety culture they will still need to monitor what is happening to make sure that policies and rules are being followed. They may also need to step in and perform a mediation role between different departments if they are having a disagreement which has a subsequent impact of creating a hazard to health and safety. For example, the quality control department refuse to clear a batch of goods for shipment until more tests are completed, but the manufacturing department will not stop production because they have been given output targets to hit. As a result, goods begin to pile up once the designated storage area gets full, with the result being that these products block emergency exits, are a trip hazard and create a fire risk as the flammable material provides more fuel for a fire to burn.
Managers will also need to organise other health and safety considerations such as regular performance of risk assessments and keeping up to date with changes in applicable health and safety legislation. Courses such as the NEBOSH General Certificate and IOSH Managing Safely will provide managers will a detailed knowledge of their requirements with regard to issues such as implementing applicable laws and performing risk assessments.