RoSPA Approved Managing Health & Safety Online Training Course
The Managing Health and Safety eLearning course has been created for managers, and for supervisors where they have management responsibilities.
The online course outlines the legal requirements defined in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and other legislation. The information is structured around the plan, do, check, act process defined in ISO 45001, the international standard for occupational health and safety management systems.
It is not necessary to be certified to ISO 45001, nor to be seeking certification, to benefit from the structured approach of ISO 45001 to managing safety and health.
- Outlines the plan, do check, act framework for managing health and safety in the workplace
- Emphasises the need for worker participation and engagement in developing a positive safety culture
- Highlights a manager’s responsibilities in managing the health and safety of employees under their supervision
The course explains the importance of health and safety and the role of managers in encouraging worker engagement to promote health and safety in the workplace. The legal and enforcement context is explained, but health and safety is more than a set of rules.
This course guides managers through the steps needed to make sure that the experience of those who carry out activities in the workplace is incorporated into the policies that impact them, and the procedures they follow.
Managers are encouraged to look at the policies and processes in their own organisation, to understand the way that work has been planned. The risk assessment process is explained, although the separate risk assessment course provides more detail on this topic. In this course, risk assessment is put into context: risk assessments are there to make sure people can do things safely, and without harm to health.
A routine of active and proactive checks is key to a successful health and safety management system, and to improved risk assessments. The course explains the differences between active and proactive checks and provides examples of each. Within this, the importance of reporting incidents (including accidents, near-misses and dangerous occurrences) is explained. The learner is encouraged to compare what they are learning in the course with how things are done in their own workplace so that they can apply their learning directly.
Learners will be approaching this course from many different perspectives. Some will be responsible for writing policies and procedures and will be able to improve and change these in response to active and proactive checks. Other managers will be in a position where they must work with the processes in place. All managers are encouraged to consider what they can do to improve the management of health and safety in their workplaces.