Health and safety manager
This page is for those with responsibility for health and safety management.
Health and safety professionals can play a key role in the prevention of work related ill-health through their expertise in organisational health and safety management systems, the principles and practice of risk assessment and the legal framework.
- Recognise work related stress as a legitimate health and safety topic. In terms of prevention, work related stress can be dealt with like any other health and safety risk.
- Many health and safety managers have successfully championed the Management Standards process within their organisation.
- You will be familiar with the basis of the risk assessment process it uses and can probably adapt or utilise some of your existing procedures and techniques.
- Work related stress will impact on other health and safety outcomes.
- Experience suggests that the process runs smoother when there is co-operation between health and safety, human resources and occupational health specialists.
Find out how work related stress affected Molly and how her employer helped her;
Your role in the Management Standards
- Act as a champion for the process.
- You have an important role in data collection and analysis.
- Document the process as evidence for when you are contacted by an inspector.
- Work closely with human resource and occupational health advisers.
- Engage and communicate with employees and particularly employee or trade union representatives.
- Providing a focus for expertise on undertaking risk assessments.
- Contributing towards training for managers.
The HSE has developed a number of useful aids to help you with these tasks, including a tool that line managers can use to assess their management competencies. Access these tools.
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Your role with individuals
- Carrying out individual risk assessments and suggesting appropriate control measures.
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