Are your line managers health and safety trained?

The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) revealed a record low number of workplace deaths in 2019/20, acknowledging that the pandemic contributed to the decrease with large numbers of employees not being at work.

The return of the majority of employees to their working environments at the end of this month and the need for COVID-19 precautions will increase the need for health and safety training in the workplace.

Achieving health and safety excellence is critical for every organisation, but never more so than currently. Many businesses are investing in the popular ISO certification for quality; ISO 9001. So why not the health and safety certification too?

We have found that many businesses underestimate the role of line managers in maintaining health and safety in the workplace. Worryingly, line managers are the first line of defence when it comes to health and safety, and their decisions and responses can have consequences for employee’s welfare.

Using health and safety to keep your workforce safe

It is every employer’s responsibility to make the workplace as safe and healthy as possible to protect staff, reduce risk and minimise the likelihood of injury, illness or death.

But how can you guarantee employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions?

The answer is simple – Implement the international standard for occupational health & safety management, ISO 45001.

Released in March 2018, the standard replaces OHSAS 18001 and allows management system integration with other ISO standards, which provides a more streamlined approach to multiple system management.

This internationally recognised certification is the best way to ensure best practice safety processes that demonstrate to your staff, clients and suppliers that you take health and safety seriously.

Compliant delivers UKAS ISO 45001:2018 to a range of businesses across the UK. Could you be our next client?

Developing a culture of worker consultation and participation within the organisation

Does your organisation already have ISO 45001 in place?

The most important thing to consider is how to get people to cooperate and engage with a health and safety management system. An organisation should encourage active and ongoing participation of, and consultation with, workers.

This includes the development and review of health and safety practices and, where appropriate, the development of the health and safety management system.

To find out more on how to engage employees and how we can help check out our employee engagement tips here!

Getting started with ISO 45001

To find out more about the advantages of ISO 45001, get in touch with our team today on 0333 456 5000. Visit our certification page to view our full range of UKAS accredited ISO certifications.