If your company turns a blind eye to hazards and deals with accidents as they happen, that's not a safe situation for you or your business to be in.
Quickly get control of a high-risk environment with the right training. IOSH Managing Safely is a three-day course that proves you're qualified to keep everyone at work safe and control hazards.
You’re not involved with all areas of the business, so there are hazards you can't see in rooms you never go in.
That's a dangerous position for a health and safety manager to be in - you need to have a very precise knowledge of your workplace, so you can describe it and clearly discuss hazards and apply controls in a risk assessment.
With IOSH's Managing Safely training, you'll routinely notice the function and size of the space, and how many people use it. You'll schedule timely, formal inspections and you're alert for hazards throughout the day.
You don’t need to watch all your staff’s movements to keep them safe from harm and prevent costly accidents. If you’re alert to dangers in the environment, you can anticipate how risky a hazard is for certain groups of employees and take action to keep them safe, even when you're not there to supervise.
During Managing Safely, you’ll learn that even in a high-risk workplace, not every employee will run into every hazard.
You need an awareness of which job roles are exposed to various risks, if visitors access the space near the hazard and if anyone accesses the area at different times of day, for instance, shift workers, cleaners and maintenance staff.
“If hazards aren’t identified or reported by employees it is near impossible to keep a busy workplace safe. This puts significant pressure on those responsible for Health and Safety, and presents some serious risks for the organisation and its people” explains our commercial director, Matthew Channell.
Showing employees how to tackle a hazard when they find it will get the whole organisation working together to improve workplace safety and not overstretch health and safety managers.
When accidents happen, it’s anyone’s guess who’s going to sort out the hazard. Or, if they know how to do it properly. You might find that:
- Dangerous hazards which need urgent attention, aren’t dealt with quickly enough
- Superfluous or extreme controls are applied to trivial hazards
“Team Leaders, supervisors and managers not understanding their legal duties and responsibility for health and safety creates dangerous situations and risk of litigation,” Channell explains.
“If there’s a lack of collective responsibility, health and safety managers often feel like they are in a party of one, and that’s a lonely, frustrating place to be.“
Managing Safely shows you how to assign a score to a hazard so you can accurately describe how likely an accident is and how severe the consequences would be if you did nothing.
Then you can apply controls re-score and recommend how to appropriately control the hazard and the date when it needs to be resolved.
You’ll also assign the task of controlling the hazard to a specific person, so you’re reducing the chance of it causing trouble again.
“In my experience, health and safety professionals would like a few more allies in their fight to develop safety first cultures,” Matt says.
“IOSH courses can improve buy-in through a better understanding of importance and roles. Once every person understands that they have a responsibility for health and safety, regardless of role, we will be in a better place”
You need to know the circumstances of every injury, no matter how small. Managing Safely allows you to assess the severity of the hazard. If you didn’t control a hazard, would it hurt your staff, so much so they’d need ongoing treatment? Could it end their life?
A tiny scratch could lead to blood poisoning and sepsis, for instance, but it’s up to you decide how likely that is.
With IOSH’s training, you’ll help your business to reduce staff sick days by reducing the risk of injury-related absence too.
Health and safety isn’t a commercial role but it can improve the bottom line.
By reducing the risk of liability by investing in health and safety controls that make the workplace safer, long-term, you’re preventing needless spending.
Managing Safely shows you how to identify, record and report hazards across your entire business and measure how successful the controls are. When you return to work, you’ll be able to prove that your approach to health and safety is saving the business money.
Or, are they just not recorded? Turning a blind eye to accidents and hazards is irresponsible. You could face legal action, compensation claims, and place your staff and business in serious jeopardy.
In the months after your Managing Safely course, your senior managers might be alarmed by a sudden spike in the number of accidents in the workplace – this is just your training in practice.
The spike is a true reflection of how many accidents are taking place and how much work you’ve got to do to control them.
Training is a soft risk control that raises health and safety awareness throughout the business.
If everyone is keeping an eye open for hazards - and knows how to report them correctly - the health and safety culture should improve.
Managing Safely is a course for anyone, not just managers and supervisors, who work in a high-risk environment. It’s inexpensive and complete in just three days.
Health and safety often comes at a cost, but it’s a necessary one. If you attend Managing Safely, your financial officers will have a better understanding of the value that health and safety brings.
IOSH is unusual in that its qualifications don't expire, but there are refreshers designed to get you up to speed on new legislation and health and safety changes - it's important to get your top-up training factored into the budget.
Once you’re qualified, you must keep your skills sharp to prove you’re fulfilling your role with appropriate care. Read more about the IOSH Managing Safely Refresher course and training options to keep your skills up to date.
“Health and safety, unfortunately, has a boring reputation,” says Channell.
It’s difficult to get your people invested and caring about something they find tedious and unchanging. But if they feel like they're making a positive difference, that encourages a caring safety culture and makes the environment safer for everyone.
The IOSH Managing Safely has been developed to be more engaging and accessible for everyone. Find out more about the business reasons for investing in IOSH Managing Safely training.