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What's more important... Your title as Health and Safety Officer, or your responsibilities?

by , 09 September 2013
Safety officer, here's five tips to educate your colleagues and managers on what you do in a health and safety capacity so they'll understand how vital it is to your business.

Dear Reader

What's more important… Your title as Health and Safety Officer, or your responsibilities?

This is a question that's been plaguing one of our Health and Safety Club members. I've compiled five tips to educate your colleagues and managers on what you do in a health and safety capacity so they'll understand how vital it is to your business… Maybe then they'll realise how important your role as health and safety officer is to the business.

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If you think health and safety isn't important in your company, think again.

Most companies only realise there's problem when an accident happens. They get a visit from the Department of Labour, the employer gets laid with criminal charges and the business is shut down – which can cost some companies millions!

Only then do they ask why procedures weren't in place or followed correctly. Only then do they start to see how important health and safety is. By then, it's too late.

But it doesn't have to be…

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Five tips on how to get recognition for health and safety
  1. Compile monthly reports on the status of your health and safety in your workplace. Want some advice for which reports. See my previous bulletin on what reports you can show!
  2. Encourage two-way communication with your colleagues. Ask them what their health and safety complaints are in your workplace. Draw up an action list to overcome these. If they can see the changes you make, it'll surely impress them.
  3. Do your risk assessments and then set up meetings with the relevant department heads to share your findings and start fixing the issues.

Keep reading for your three more tips to make sure you get the recognition you deserve.

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Two more winning tips…
  1. Show initiative and start your own health and safety committee. This is a forum where you can discuss all the health and safety issues at work.
  2. Create your own health and safety booklets for your staff. Educate them on different health and safety issues at work. For example, How to maintain personal hygiene at work and not spread germs. Wash your hands after each toilet break, keep your desk clean etc.

These are just a few of the things that I can think of to help you get the recognition for health and safety that you deserve. Remember that it's just a title, and as long as you are doing the job of a Health and Safety Officer you are adding massive value to your company.


Until next time,

Louise Harty
Senior Product Manager: Health & Safety

PS – Do you remember all of those Health and Safety representative duties checklists gave you in our Health and Safety Advisor? Have a look at H01/011 to refresh your memory on a few tasks that you should be doing.

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