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Management Responsibilities for Health and Safety

Introduction

The organisation of health and safety and the responsibilities of those in charge within a place of work such as directors and managers is covered in the syllabus of NEBOSH General Certificate courses and aims to teach course delegates how everybody at all levels of an organisation has a responsibility towards health and safety at work. However it is those at the management level who have the greatest obligation for the provision of health and safety controls and procedures in the workplace.



Health and Safety Starts at the Top with Managers

Just as managers are responsible for control measures and the direction of the company in other areas such as cost controls, health and safety needs to start at the top where those in a senior position are proactive in their tackling of issues to prevent injury and accidents to their employees. The culture of the organisation and the working practices of the employees are largely influenced by the actions of those at the top. So, for example, if those at the top of the management hierarchy cut corners and turn a blind eye to breaches of safety regulations then workers will perceive this as acceptable and take risks whilst performing their workplace duties. This greatly increases the chances of an accident occurring.



How can the NEBOSH General Certificate Qualification Help Managers?

The NEBOSH General Certificate conveys the importance and necessity of management's role in health and safety at their company. As well as being a legal requirement in many countries including the UK, it is also in the company's best interests to create and maintain a safe and healthy working environment in terms of the financial benefits they will gain. Not only will the company not be at risk of having to pay a fine for failing to comply with applicable safety legislation if they do things as they should, but they will also reduce the likelihood of having to deal with staff being absent from work through ill health, not to mention the risk of being sued by those made ill or suffering an injury.

For more information on the NEBOSH General Certificate and other NEBOSH courses, please click on NEBOSH Courses option from the Health & Safety drop-down at the top of the page.




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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