WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY IN YOUR ORGANIZATION.
Hello there, this is Goke Akingbade (your Safety Guide) bringing to you another juicy topic on health and safety. Most organizations, companies or firms appoint a personnel who oversees the health and safety responsibilities , while some employ the services of a health and safety consultant who is not a direct staff of the organization.
I want you to ponder over the question”who is responsible for Health and Safety in your organization?” , is it just the health and safety manager or a Supervisor, or the consultant. Even though your company may have a person that co-ordinates and oversees the health and safety roles, everyone in your organization including you, is responsible for health and safety.
For management to be able to accomplish its goals and objectives regarding the development of a positive health and safety culture, it needs the co-operation and buy-in of the workforce. Without people ( top level management, middle level, new entrants) buying into the idea that everyone has a significant role to play in the execution or implementation of the health and safety management system, Health and Safety might just be seen as an expense or cost , a necessary evil.
When companies incorporate health and safety objectives as part of their vision and mission, and follow through by developing programs, establishing health and safety policies which are implemented. Establishing safe work procedures, placing value on their workforce and consulting them from time to time so as to find out what they think about health and safety. From the questions asked, one would be able to determine the defects of the health and safety management system. Indirectly management is showing to the employees that they value their opinion and also take reasonable care about their health and safety.
Giving the employees feedback about the question and concerns discussed with management is also very crucial. These elements show the significance of management sending the message all the way through the organization that a safe and healthful workplace is the responsibility of everyone in the company.
This is where we will stop for today, so till I come your way again, this is Goke Akinagbade ( your Safety Guide) wishing you a safe day.
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