One of the most important aspects of being successful in a health and safety manager role is experience in health and safety. However, experience does not count for everything, so we’ve taken a look at the other common key skills and competencies required to be a great health and safety manager.
An excellent communicatorPersuasive
As it will be your responsibility to make sure that the health and safety policies and procedures in place will be followed, you will need to be able to persuade others to follow your guidance. It is your responsibility to make sure that everyone is compliant, not just you.
It is likely that you will be working in fast paced environments with lots going on at the same time. Different projects will have different demands and it will be up to you to ensure that they are prioritised in a way that keeps the projects moving safely.
A natural leader
You will need to lead by example and be confident putting policies, procedures and best practise into place, then following it yourself. You will also be responsible for making sure that other workers, either permanent or contractors, are competent and trained to a high enough standard to carry out the work that they are doing safely. In some cases, you will need to train others and be the ‘go to’ person to answer any questions and provide health and safety advice.
A problem solver
In a health and safety manager role there is absolutely no burying your head in the sand. You have to recognise problems, risks and issues as they arise and then deal with them quickly and effectively. For you to be successful at this, you’ll need to have a positive attitude that works to fix problems rather than just point them out.
Possesses great attention to detail
When something goes wrong in health and safety projects, it’s often because a detail has been missed or a process not followed with as much discipline as it should be. Most, if not all, of the responsibility for this will be on your shoulders, so you can’t afford to be the person who doesn’t spot when something isn’t being carried out correctly. You will also be required to carry out regular inspections, so you will need to be adept at noticing risks and potential issues.
One of the most common qualifications for a health and safety manager to possess is the NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) General Certificate. This covers three main areas of training: managing health and safety, controlling workplace hazards and a practical assessment. If you’re the kind of person who likes practical training methods, use a course provider such as RISK which includes real-life practical training, with case studies that help you to see where each issue will apply to you in your role, as health and safety manager.
RISK was established in 1998 and provides health and safety training and consultancy solutions to businesses of all sizes, across the UK. With a proven track record for delivery of NEBOSH courses in a highly engaging way, RISK is one of the UK’s leading health and safety training providers in the UK today.