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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.

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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