Wright Safety Solutions

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providing Health and Safety for Coventry and Warwickshire medium/small businesses

Management of Health and Safety

Who can manage my safety matters?

If you are a company director then safety on your premises is YOUR responsibility. You can manage safety matters yourself, or delegate duties to your team of supervisory staff, or to a dedicated safety officer. In any case safety remains your responsibility.

You can employ a safety consultant to help create a safety system at work but to manage your safety is down to you and your employees. And the first thing you do is write out a company safety policy (see that section).

The key issue then is how to organise all the safety duties within your team. The Director or owner of a small/medium business has ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the Company fulfils its legal responsibilities, but he should delegate to his team and make them accountable for the implementation of the company's safety policy. If the employer has managers then they will have their own work/departmental activities and need to ensure that at all times necessary consideration is given to health and safety.

Look at this example, in a small/medium sized company without a dedicated Safety Officer :

Having agreed on a company policy and accepted the requirements of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Reglations (1999) this team can easily be organised so that there is sharing of responsibilities and maintaining a clear chain of command covering ALL aspects of health and safety at work.

For example,

  • Director - ensure arrangements for health and safety are known and maintained
  • Secretary - company records etc are up to date.
  • Technical Manager - written safe methods of working, what training is necessary, risk assessments with team, documentation is on file, safety/protection equipment, discipline.
  • Maintenance Manager - written safe methods of working in his department, routine inspections of equipment etc., what training is necessary, risk assessments, safety/protection equipment, traffic safety, investigate accidents, control contractors, discipline.
  • Fitters and Warehouse personnel - carry out duties without risk to others,adhere to company safety policy and work methods, ensure equipment is kept in a safe condition.
  • etc etc etc There is a lot to organise in any organisation!

These are just examples of how safety can be organised. Obviously the detail will depend on each person's training and capabilities, but when recruiting new people an employer must always consider the safety respionsibilities that new staff can accept.

As safety discussions and training progress you might then recognise good candidates for a safety committee and for safety reps. Such a committee gives your commitment more visibility and can create a more systematic approach to problem solving and target-setting.

Contact Wright Safety Solutions for a more complete consultation with regard to Safety Management. Organising a good safety system even in a small/medium company can take time and a lot of dicussion - let Wright Safety Solutions do this for you. Remember, you need to delegate responsibilities and count on your team for full support in safety matters.

Wright Safety Solutions
John A. B. Wright
B.Sc. (Chem), TechIOSH
safety qualification: NEBOSH (Gen.Cert.)

Tel: (024) 76618235
Mobile: 0779 3880597

safety@jabw.demon.co.uk
http://www.wrightsafety.co.uk

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this page first published 12 January 2007
last updated 14 December 2015

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