Employers have a legal duty under the Health and Safety at Work (NI) Order 1978 to take reasonable care of the health, safety and welfare at work of all of their employees. Managers have a legal duty, on behalf of their employer to help them meet their legal duties. Managers have responsibilities and are accountable for their actions or inaction. Where they can assign responsibility to others, they cannot give away accountability.
When the repercussions of not meeting their legal duty could be unlimited fines and or imprisonment, it important that managers are properly trained to be able to carry out their duties.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides us with a wealth of guidance and the Management Standards Guidance is no exception. As a benchmarking exercise let’s see how your organisation shapes up to the HSE’s six Management Standards.
The standard required: Employees indicate that they are able to cope with the demands of their jobs because:the standard required. Employees indicate that they are able to cope with the demands of their jobs because:
The standard required: Employees indicate that they are able to cope with the demands of their jobs by having input in how they carry out their work tasks because:
The standard is: Employees indicate that they receive adequate information and support from their colleagues and superiors because:
The standard is: Employees indicate that they are not subjected to unacceptable behaviours, e.g. bullying at work because:
The standard is: Employees indicate that they understand their role and responsibilities. Because the organisation:
The standard is – Employees indicate that the organisation engages them frequently when undergoing organisational change. Because the organisation:
If you have read the above and feel that you have fully met the requirements of the standard, then congratulations, keep up the good work. If you have fallen short and have a journey to go to meet those standards, the best place to start is to provide relevant training. If NPTNI can help you with this, please get in touch.
Remember: Health and Safety Management is driven by continual improvement.
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