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Managing Safely Instils a Safety Culture from the Top Down

 

In any organisation it is generally accepted that the leaders have the greatest influence on the organisation’s culture and general ethos.  Through years of development of industry management we have been encouraged to look to leaders to drive an organisation in a particular direction – for better or worse!

Nowhere is this more important than in the field of health and safety.  No matter what the eventual purpose of the organisation, or its output, a culture of awareness when it comes to the health and safety of the company’s employees and, perhaps less obviously, its physical assets and property will benefit every member of the organisation.

Many employees may not even realise they have personal obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act, and it is the duty of any manager to ensure that these obligations are understood and constantly adhered to as an absolute minimum, through both company policy and individual coaching.

When managers are safety-aware, it is far more likely that those who report into them will continue this practice, to the greater good of the whole organisation.  Health and safety failures can be costly both in terms of human and economic costs.

Book your place on the IOSH Managing Safely course, and set your organisation on the course for a safety-aware culture.