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Health and safety responsibilities of a Safety Manager

The primary role of the safety manager is to advise the directors and managers on all safety, health and welfare matters to ensure the company complies with its statutory obligations.

The safety manager is designated responsibility by the director responsible for health and safety to control and update this Safety Manual and to ensure that all departments operate to the procedures and instructions contained there:-

In particular the Safety Manager will:

  1. Understand the application of the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 and other legislation relevant to the Companies business.
  2. Keep up to date with changes in current legislation and to bring to the attention of the Director responsible for Health and Safety any relevant new legislation.
  3. Attend such courses/seminars run by external sources to enable accurate interpretation of legislation to enable implementation within the organisation.
  4. Ensure that all “assessments” as required by legislation are conducted and reviewed at relevant intervals and to maintain records of the same.
  5. To recommend control measures and advise on the standard of P.P.E. issued to employees.
  6. Conduct health and safety inspections and prepare reports of all the company’s operations.
  7. Immediately contact the director responsible for health and safety if situations are found, that in the opinion of the safety manager, require immediate rectification or the stopping of any operation.
  8. To notify the director responsible for health and safety if the corrective action agreed after any workplace inspection is not implemented by the arranged date.
  9. To carry out investigations into all accidents and near-miss incidents and to record the findings on the relevant forms.
  10. Advise the company secretary of all incidents reportable under R.I.D.D.O.R.
  11. To arrange health surveillance as instructed.
  12. To highlight areas where training/certification is required to meet the standards imposed by legislation, approved codes of practice, or H.S.E. guidance.
  13. To bring new techniques for improving health, safety and welfare to the attention of the director responsible for health and safety.
  14. To set a personal example by wearing appropriate personal protective clothing/equipment and observing all safety requirements/procedures. 


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Mike is Managing Director of RISK who provide Health & Safety consultations and are recognised as one of the UK’s leading health and safety training providers. Delivering CITB, NEBOSH and IOSH courses at their venues in Nottingham, Liverpool and London and in-company.

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