Duration: 40 Minutes
This programme has been written for employers and managers who have a responsibility for the health and safety of all personnel within their organisation.
The course is a concise and easy-to-follow guide, which leads health and safety managers through the necessary steps to health and safety at work and provides information on the different laws and legislation which apply.
It is a core programme for people who are new to health and safety and want to know what they have to do, but also excellent as a check-list for all health and safety managers, no matter how experienced.
Health and Safety within an organisation is not only about compliance – effective health and safety has many benefits, including safer, happier and healthier employees; a better company reputation; and a lower accident rate. It also helps reduce absences from work and helps to avoid serious accidents at work, so it’s important to get it right.
Health and Safety for Managers Course Contents
1. The 10 Steps
This section outlines the 10 things that all businesses must do, including setting up a health and safety policy, assessing risks in the workplace, providing training and information and ensuring there is adequate first aid cover.
Here we go through the various relevant pieces of legislation, starting with the 3 general pieces of legislation:
The Health and Safety at Work Act
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations
The section then moves onto the specific safety areas – from fire safety law and first aid requirements to noise, vibration and electricity and many other in between, explaining the dangers that employees may face and what should be done.
This section also touches on very specific health and safety areas which are relevant to some organisations, but not others – such as Asbestos, Gas safety and Work at Height.
3. Health and Safety Myths
Health and safety legislation is often misinterpreted or used as an excuse for an unpopular decision and this causes GENUINE health and safety issues to get pushed out of the spotlight.
Many people believe the HSE and health and safety laws are responsible for banning all sorts of things, such as banning conkers in the playground, office workers banned from putting up office Christmas decorations and banning the wearing of flip-flops in offices. These are NOT laws, they are simply internal decisions which management WANT to happen and the easiest way to get a rule through without argument is to blame the HSE or health and safety regulations. In actual fact the HSE has banned very little, aside from a few high-risk things, such as asbestos, which kills 4000 people each year.
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