THE HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGER RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
Managing safety and health of workers in an organisation is a challenging and responsible position, which can be carried out by people with highest degree of knowledge and experience. The heads of health and safety department is generally handled by senior personnel who either report directly to CEO or closely associated with senior management team in developing and implementing suitable safety and health strategy, integrating it into all business operations and promote positive health and safety culture with the help of a competent customer-centric team.
The position – head of health and safety – is highly significant as it provides assurance that risk can be well managed through strategic means of operations following all safe, reliable and consistent methods.
Health and Safety Manager Responsibilities
Health and safety manager roles – workers in any work environment requires certain degree of operational excellence as these officials are expected to shoulder huge responsibilities to safeguard workforce. Some of the responsibilities are:
Assuring and advising the senior management on all issues related to health and safety.
Ensuring implementation of health and safety strategy formulated by him in accordance with the type of business.
Creating awareness among workforce and management on health and safety policy, legislation and standards.
Showing exemplary leadership quality in promoting health and safety with a vision to promote business with regulators and external stakeholders and improve business standing.
Carrying out audit and inspection functions
Forming a proactive health and safety manager duties which should have the ability to meet the needs of the business for achieving operational excellence
Keeping an eye on all incidents to document and investigate properly.
Ensuring and monitoring proper audit across all businesses in accordance with the appropriate legislation and process.
Required Skills and Qualifications
There are certain skills and qualifications employers look into before appointing one to manage health and safety of workers. Some of the most significant ones are listed here:
Experience as safety and health expert with proven track record of assured deliverables
Highly accepted health and safety certification for safety managers such as NEBOSH National Diploma (or equivalent)
As a chartered member of IOSH (CMIOSH)
Experience in managing and leading safety and health teams
An astute decision maker under any circumstances
Having strong leadership quality
Strong influencing and negotiation skills
Continued professional development within health and safety domain.
Dependable leader with industry-specific exposure such as CDM or environmental experience.