How Does the NEBOSH General Certificate Help Managers Comply with Legislation?
The NEBOSH General Certificate will allow managers and directors of companies to comply with their responsibilities as detailed in applicable legislation such as the Health and Safety at Work Act. It is up to management to introduce suitable control measures and systems of working to prevent people becoming ill, injured or killed in the workplace or as a result of their workplace activities as far as is reasonably practical. Particularly since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act and changes in the attitude of society, there is now much more of a focus on prevention rather than dealing with the aftermath of an accident or incident.
These control measures should be communicated to employees so they are aware of their existence, as well as providing them with suitable training not only in specifics such as how to operate a piece of equipment properly, but also general health and safety training to enable them to work safely and avoid potential hazards and dangers to their safety and that of others.
The health and safety culture of a business needs to start at the top, with senior managers or directors needing to oversee policy and making sure that they successfully delegate responsibilities and the importance of health and safety to line managers, to ensure that the necessity for health and safety procedures to be followed filters through to every employee. Managers must impress upon workers that health and safety is to be given just as much weight if not more so than other considerations, e.g. don't sacrifice safety to make a higher profit margin or increase productivity.
All health and safety training courses for managers such as the NEBOSH General Certificate, IOSH Managing Safely, Site Management SMSTS and Site Supervisors SSSTS courses will impress upon the manager how important they are in the adoption of good heath and safety practices by their workers.