Being a manager or supervisor isn’t just about being ‘important’ or ‘in charge’, it is also about taking responsibility for those around you. Responsibility is a trait that all successful managers must have and something employees look for in their leaders.
That same responsibility goes much further than simply ensuring everyone turns up on time and does the work required, it extends to ensuring staff are safe, happy and in a fit physical and mental state to do their job.
What Health & Safety Responsibilities Do Managers Have?
Whether you realise it or not, all managers have a responsibility to ensure that the health and safety of their workers is prioritised. This may include, but isn’t limited to:
- Measuring the performance of the workforce regarding health and safety to see if improvements can be made to improve productivity and maintain high levels of safety.
- Identifying, assessing and managing potential health and safety risks.
- Maintaining up to date paperwork on any accidents that have taken place.
- Ensuring all members of the workforce have a clear understanding on their roles and responsibilities for health and safety.
Each of these tasks allow a manager to minimise the potential risks for individual workers and identify ways of maximising productivity by minimising disruption caused by sickness and injury.
What Health & Safety Training Is Available For Managers?
As a business, not correctly managing health and safety can cost a significant amount of money in reduced production. To put that into perspective, that latest UK stats demonstrate that between 2014/15 and 2016/17 and average of 614,000 workers were injured and a further 521,000 suffered ill health due to workplace health and safety issues (1). You can only imagine how much that must have cost UK businesses in productivity down time.
This is just one of the reasons why investing in health and safety training, and particularly for managing and supervisory staff is crucial. Not only will training allow these staff to take on the responsibilities required of them, it will also ensure your most responsible staff can help contribute towards keeping costs down and maintaining productivity.
But what health and safety training courses are available for management staff?
IOSH Managing Safely
IOSH Managing Safely provides managers and supervisory staff with an in depth understanding of the practical solutions required for a safe working environment and encourages the promotion of a health and safety culture within teams. As a well-recognised and held qualification that focuses on the management of health and safety, it is by far the most suitable course when it comes to training management and supervisory staff.
The accredited certificate allows delegates to learn the methodology behind a safe and healthy workplace, allowing this new knowledge to be applied to a practical environment in the end of course assessment.
There are a number of ways you can take the qualification including online, classroom learning or even taking an in-company course meaning all of your managers can be trained to a consistent level, whether they are led by a tutor in class at your site or remotely online at a time and place to suit.
When it comes to online training, many health and safety training providers can help create a training solution to ensure all of your staff pass the qualification in a set timeline to avoid wasted licences and to ensure all staff are trained to a consistent standard.
Take a look here for more information on how your staff can take the IOSH Managing Safely qualification.
NEBOSH National General Certificate
The NEBOSH National General Certificate is focused less towards management staff and more towards providing delegates in any role with a foundation of knowledge on managing health and safety in the workplace.
Again, the course focuses on teaching delegates the basic methodology behind maintaining health and safety in the workplace and allows them to apply this knowledge in a practical assignment at the end of the course.
While the NEBOSH Certificate isn’t directed towards management staff specifically, it will equip them with the knowledge and understanding to ensure the health and safety responsibilities of the business are met.
The NEBOSH General Certificate is available to take online, in one of 17 classroom locations in England, Scotland and Wales and can also be taken in-company online or class so all management staff can get qualified within a preferred time-frame. For more information on methods of learning for the NEBOSH Certificate take a look here.
A Health and Safety Solution For Your Business
If you would like more information on health and safety training for your management staff, be it online, classroom learning or in-company training, get in touch with Astutis today.
With extensive experience in health and safety training (we train over 10,000 people worldwide every year) we will find a solution for your business and management staff no matter what your requirements are.