This week we compiled your top 3 health and safety questions of the week – to get involved #JoinTheConversation on Twitter!
Get in touch via Twitter if you want to be featured!
Dont forget to join the conversation with the hashtag #FantasticForumFriday
Q: What is your advice for coping with a reduced training budget?
Training doesn’t have to cost the earth, and although we’re biased here at EazySAFE – blended learning can reduce costs SIGNIFICANTLY while not losing any substance.
Toeing the budget line means thinking outside the box – not doing without. Look at your current practices and see how you can reduce your spend. Do you use a lot of printed materials? Could you produce an email reminder instead rather than producing booklets and pamphlets? This way is also greener, and anything more environmentally-friendly we are in favour of!
What about training days? Are you maximising the time you have allocated with your staff? Is there room to tighten up? E.g. if you know Friday’s are hectic around your ‘hood and people will most likely be called away throughout the day, do NOT pick Friday! Simple.
There are plenty of ways to make sure that you are getting the most out of your budget. Get your employees involved and make it a team building exercise. A little bit of creativity here can go a long way!
Q: How often should we provide refresher training?
A: This one depends entirely on the job role, the workplace and the course. For some courses you will have a statutory obligation, e.g. Manual Handling is every 3 years, whereas with induction courses this can be at the discretion of the employer, i.e. when they deem it necessary.
General rule of thumb: If your site, equipment, Emergency Response Plan, or company policy changes – your induction should too.
Q: Is culture important in health and safety?
In one word – yes.
I’d like to include the HSA’s guide to promoting a health and safety culture in the workplace here as I think it covers it excellently…
The Benefits of Creating a Positive Safety Culture
Directors and officers of undertakings who authorise and direct work activities are responsible for ensuring good safety and health as part of their corporate governance role. Directors should consider the following key elements when doing so:
- How you lead the business in establishing the correct safety and health direction
- The standards and objectives you set for management on safety and health
- To what extent you give managers responsibility, accountability and support for safety and health management
- How you hold your managers accountable for the safety and health responsibilities given to them
- How you oversee internal control for safety and health
A proactive approach
In setting the strategic aims for the business, directors must have an understanding of the role safety and health performance plays in the overall performance of the business. In accepting corporate responsibility for safety and health, Directors need to be proactive in developing a positive safety and health culture for the workplace or workplaces that they control. Directors do this by:
- Ensuring that is an integral part of the management process
- Setting clear safety and health values and standards
- Thinking strategically about corporate safety and health responsibilities
- Being open and constructive about safety and health regulation
- Rewarding good safety and health behaviour
- Creating a culture of integrity about and responsibility for safety and health matters
Directors who authorise and direct work activities can exert considerable influence over the businesses they run, shaping the way things are done, how managers interpret safety and health policies and promote a safety and health culture among the workforce.
Employees’ commitment to safety and health is influenced by how they perceive “your commitment to safety and health”. Visible and active support, strong leadership and commitment from all Directors and senior managers are essential for successful safety and health management.
Check it out in full here.
Next week’s topic will be focusing on e-learning and the learner – don’t miss it!
Until next week!