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Management and Health & Safety

The management of an organisation plays a critical part in the creation and adoption of a suitable health and safety culture within the company. The importance that managers at all levels have in health and safety is shown by the amount of attention given to it in health and safety courses including the NEBOSH General Certificate and, unsurprisingly as the names suggest, the IOSH Managing Safely and construction site management SMSTS courses.

Workers will expect to be told what to do by managers, or at the very least be given a broad outline of what is expected of them. If health and safety is not part of this instruction, then many workers will simply not give it much thought. Obviously they will be aware of things like using fire extinguishers to tackle small fires and to evacuate the building if they are in danger, but are highly unlikely to take it upon themselves to organise things such as fire sweeps or procedures for the safe disposal of hazardous waste. This is where managers earn their money, by actually taking responsibility and managing issues, including the organisation of and instructing employees in health and safety actions and provisions.

Not only do the managers of an organisation need to devise, organise and communicate health and safety procedures to employees, but it is important that they are actively seen to be committed to the implication of a health and safety culture within their business. They can do this in a variety of ways including allocating sufficient resources (time, money etc) to health and safety issues, appearing at shop floor health and safety meetings where the concerns of workers are discussed, doing things themselves that they would expect of others such as wearing protective headgear and high-visibility clothing in areas where this is required, taking part in fire drills rather than staying put in their office because they know it is just a drill, quickly acting on information regarding safety deficiencies by taking speedy remedial action, and many more.




NEBOSH Courses

Please see below for some NEBOSH 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 Diploma in Environmental Management

The NEBOSH Environmental Diploma is intended for safety professionals and managers who are taking on environmental responsibilities. It is designed for individuals with responsibilities for the management of environmental risk in relation to the damage caused by work activities.

Holders of the NEBOSH Environmental Diploma will be able to advise their organisation on the environmental impacts of their activities, on their legal obligations and the means of continuously improving their environmental performance as part of an integrated management approach.

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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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NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management

The NEBOSH Fire Certificate is aimed primarily at managers and supervisors who are responsible for fire safety within their organisation and compliance with applicable fire safety legislation.

The course aims to give delegates the knowledge to conduct and review fire risk assessments, along with fire prevention and protective measures within most workplaces.

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NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

The NEBOSH Construction Certificate, or NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health & Safety to give it its full title, is one of the most recognised health and safety qualificatons in the construction industry.

It is aimed primarily at managers, supervisers, CDM co-ordinators and anyone else who is responsible for making sure that construction activities under their control are undertaken safely.

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NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, or NEBOSH National Certificate in Environmental Management to give it its full title, is an environmental health and safety course which is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who are responsible for managing environmental issues at their workplace.

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate qualification focuses on UK law, so is really only suitable for those who are based and operate within the UK.

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