Some basic guidelines (adapted) towards becoming a responsible Health and
Safety leader are: (Source: HSE)
1.Recognise that the attitudes and decisions of senior managers are critical in setting
the priorities of the organisation.
2.A managerís role is not simply restricted to directing work and monitoring compliance
with rules and regulations.
3.We must, at senior management level, want to hear what is really happening, not what our
managers think we want to hear.
4.We want our staff to work safely and comply with the rules, but we also want them
to show initiative and be proactive in improving health and safety.
5.We make sure that health and safety is not viewed as a separate function, but as
an integral part of productivity, competitiveness and profitability and that our health
and safety risks are recognised as part of our business risks.
1.We understand that successful businesses increasingly encourage active participation
of the workforce in the management of Health and Safety.
2.We know that involving staff in the process of identifying and managing risks is a
key aspect of managing Health and Safety successfully.
3.We review our progress against agreed objectives at regular intervals and set performance measures.
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social-networking sites. You can never over-educate others (or yourself) about the potential dangers
of Safety & Health.
The value of a life cannot be measured in terms of money, production targets achieved,
good image of a company or in any other way. A life is not replaceable, especially not
for the deceasedís family. It is managementsí responsibility and accountability to ensure
a well implemented and maintained working environment as well as for Health and Safety to
become a way of life!
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