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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.

Key messages

  • 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

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

Health and Safety Rep Exercises

Updated 2011-01-04