Role And Responsibilities Of Safety Manager

A safety manager is a professional responsible for ensuring employees’ health and safety in the workplace. They develop and implement health and safety policies and provide training to employees on how to perform their job duties safely. In addition, they investigate accidents and injuries and work with management to create a safe working environment. In this blog post, we will discuss the role and responsibilities of a safety manager in more detail.

As the name suggests, a safety manager is responsible for ensuring the safety of employees in the workplace. They do this by developing and implementing health and safety policies and providing training to employees on how to safely perform their job duties. In addition, safety managers investigate accidents and injuries and work with management to create a safe working environment.

So, what exactly are the duties of a safety manager? Let’s take a closer look:

Duties And Responsibilities Of Safety Manager

The role of the Safety Manager is key in ensuring that a company complies with its statutory obligations in the areas of safety, health, and welfare. The Safety Manager advises the Directors and Managers on all relevant matters and provides guidance on implementing and maintaining effective systems and procedures. The Safety Manager also liaises with external agencies, such as the Health and Safety Executive. In addition, the Safety Manager carries out regular audits and inspections to identify any potential hazards or risks. By fulfilling these important responsibilities, the Safety Manager plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of employees and visitors to the workplace.

The Safety Manager is designated responsible by the Health and Safety Director to control and update this Safety Manual and ensure that all Departments operate according to the procedures and instructions.

In particular, the Safety Manager will:

Understand The Application Of Legislations

Health and safety is of paramount importance in any workplace. The Safety Manager ensures that the company complies with all relevant health and safety legislation. This includes the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974, which sets out the general duties of employers to their employees. The Safety Manager must also be familiar with other relevant legislation, such as the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992. By understanding the requirements of these statutes, the Safety Manager can help to create a safe and healthy working environment for all employees.

Keep Up To Date With Changes In Current Legislation

As the health and safety manager, it is important to keep up to date with changes in legislation. This way, you can ensure that the company complies with the latest regulations. It is also your responsibility to bring any relevant new legislation to the attention of the director responsible for health and safety. This ensures that the company is aware of any impending changes and can take steps to ensure compliance. In addition, keeping abreast of legislative changes helps ensure that the company’s health and safety procedures are as up-to-date and effective. as possible.

Attend Courses/Seminars Run By External Sources

The Safety Manager is responsible for attending courses/seminars run by external sources to enable the organization’s accurate interpretation of legislation to enable implementation. The interpretation of legislation is a complex process that requires expert knowledge and understanding. It is essential that the Safety Manager has up-to-date knowledge of legislative changes and how they will impact the organization. The Safety Manager must communicate this information effectively to senior management and key stakeholders. To ensure that the organization complies with all relevant legislation, the Safety Manager must thoroughly understand the legal requirements. Seminars and courses provide an excellent opportunity for the Safety Manager to keep abreast of legislative changes and to gain an in-depth understanding of the implications for the organization.

Ensure That All “Assessments” As Required By Legislation

The Safety Manager is responsible for ensuring that all “assessments” as required by legislation are conducted and reviewed at appropriate intervals and maintaining records of the same. This includes conducting risk assessments, identifying hazards and controls, implementing safety systems and procedures, investigating accidents and incidents, and auditing the safety management system. The Safety Manager must have a good working knowledge of relevant legislation, standards, and codes of practice.

Recommend Control Measures And Advise On The Standard Of PPE

The Safety Manager is responsible for the safety of all employees within the company. They work closely with the management team to ensure that all health and safety regulations are followed. They also carry out regular risk assessments to identify potential hazards and recommend control measures to mitigate these risks. One of the most important aspects of their job is advising on the standard of personal protective equipment (PPE) that employees should be issued. This includes ensuring that the correct type of PPE is used for each task and that it fits its purpose. The Safety Manager also provides training to employees on how to use PPE correctly. By carrying out these duties, the Safety Manager helps to create a safe working environment for all employees.

Conduct Health And Safety Inspections

The Safety Manager is responsible for conducting health and safety inspections and preparing reports of all the Company’s operations. The Safety Manager will ensure that the workplace is free of hazards and that all employees follow safe work practices. The Safety Manager will also investigate any accidents or incidents that occur in the workplace. The Safety Manager will prepare reports on the findings of these investigations and make recommendations to prevent future accidents. The Safety Manager will also work with the Human Resources department to develop and implement employee safety training programs.

Immediate Rectification Or The Stopping Of Any Operation

The Safety Manager is responsible for the health and safety of all employees. If any situations are found that require immediate rectification or the stopping of any operation, the Safety Manager will immediately contact the Director responsible for health and safety. The Director will then decide whether to rectify or stop the operation. Suppose the Director decides to rectify the situation. In that case, the Safety Manager will ensure that all employees are informed of the decision and that the rectification is carried out. If the Director decides to stop the operation, the Safety Manager will be responsible for informing all employees of the decision and ensuring that the operation is stopped.

To Carry Out Investigations

The Safety Manager is responsible for investigating all accidents and near-miss incidents within the company. They will record the relevant findings on the appropriate forms and work with the relevant departments to ensure corrective measures are implemented to prevent future incidents. The Safety Manager will also liaise with insurance companies and regulatory bodies. In addition to their investigative role, the Safety Manager will also provide training to employees on health and safety procedures and regulations. They will also conduct regular audits of workplace conditions to ensure they comply with all applicable laws and regulations. By ensuring that all accidents and near-misses are investigated, and corrective measures are put in place, the Safety Manager plays an important role in keeping the workplace safe for all employees.

Advice the Company Secretary

The Safety Manager is responsible for advising the Company Secretary of all incidents reportable under RIDDOR. RIDDOR is the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013. These regulations require employers, self-employed people, and those in control of work premises to report certain workplace accidents, diseases, and near-misses (dangerous occurrences). The purpose of RIDDOR is to help prevent further injuries and illnesses from occurring by providing information about what has happened in the past. This information can then identify trends and hazards and implement measures to mitigate risks. By ensuring that all reportable incidents are recorded and investigated, the Safety Manager plays a vital role in protecting the health and safety of employees.

Arrange Health Surveillance

Health surveillance is an important part of the Safety Manager’s job. By keeping a close eye on employees’ health, the Safety Manager can identify potential hazards and take steps to mitigate them. Health surveillance also helps to ensure that employees are aware of the risks associated with their job and are taking steps to protect themselves. In short, health surveillance is an essential part of maintaining a safe workplace.

Highlight Areas Where Training/Certification Must Meet The Standards

To ensure a safe working environment, the safety manager must meet training and certification requirements imposed by legislation, approved codes of practice, or HSE guidance. They are responsible for ensuring that all staff is properly trained and certified to work safely. The safety manager must also ensure that all equipment is properly maintained and that all safety procedures are followed. They must also investigate any accidents or incidents to find out what went wrong and how to prevent it from happening again. By meeting these standards, the safety manager can help to create a safe working environment for all employees.

Bring New Techniques For Improving Health & Safety

The Director of health and safety is responsible for ensuring that the workplace is safe for employees. However, the Director cannot be expected to be aware of all the latest advances in health and safety. That’s where the Safety Manager comes in. The Safety Manager’s job is to keep up with the latest health and safety developments and bring new techniques for improving health, safety, and welfare to the attention of the Director. In addition to keeping the Director up-to-date on new developments, the Safety Manager also works with employees to ensure that they follow safe work practices. By keeping the Director and employees informed about new advances in health and safety, the Safety Manager helps create a safer workplace.

Set A Personal Example By Wearing PPE

A key part of being a successful safety manager is setting a personal example. This means wearing appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment and observing all safety requirements and procedures. By doing so, a safety manager sends the message that safety is important and that everyone needs to play their part in keeping the workplace safe. In addition to setting a personal example, a safety manager must also be proactive in identifying and addressing potential hazards. A safety manager can help create a safe and productive workplace by taking these steps.

Managers/Heads of Department

Each Manager/Department Head is responsible for his or her personal safety and all personnel under his or her authority, including others who may be affected by the Company’s activities.

In particular, they will:

  • Understand and implement the company safety policy.
  • Appreciate the responsibilities of personnel under their authority and ensure that each employee knows his/her responsibility and is equipped to play their part.
  • Conduct Risk Assessments on activities within their department, ensuring that the methods and systems of work are safe. Also, the necessary procedures, rules, and regulations designed to achieve this are formulated, published, and applied.
  • Provide written instructions of work methods outlining potential hazards and precautions, and ensure they are complied with.
  • Ensure accident and near-miss reporting procedures are understood and complied with, and assist with accident investigations where appropriate.
  • Ensure all employees and sub-contractors are suitably trained/competent to carry out the prescribed task and that the necessary licenses/certificates of competence are in force and appropriate.
  • Ensure the Statutory Notices, the Safety Policy, Insurance Certificate, and Appointed First Aiders’ names are displayed and maintained in prominent locations.
  • Ensure that all new employees in the Company are provided with a copy of the policy statement, receive such induction training as may be laid down in procedures, and are issued with personal protective equipment as required. Their responsibilities as set out in this manual.
  • Reprimand any employee for failing to discharge their health and safety responsibilities.
  • Set a personal example about health and safety matters.
About Mohsin Wochoo

I'm Mohsin, a dedicated health and safety manager with over 7 years of experience in the industry. Currently, I work with AECOM USA and take pride in being a part of this globally renowned company that specializes in engineering, design, and infrastructure development. Throughout my career, I have been deeply committed to promoting and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for employees and stakeholders alike.

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