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A Health & Safety Manager’s and Fire Warden’s Responsibilities

What are a Health & Safety Manager's responsibilities?

Health and safety isn’t always easy, if it was then everyone would do it… And that’s the issue, not everyone does it. (Before you think that this is me having a nag about people not doing their training, it isn't, don’t worry)! 

Along with having conversations with people daily, I also make sure Health & Safety runs smoothly within the iHASCO headquarters or there would be anarchy - people swinging from the lights and sliding down the stairs (Only joking, of course)! But, with this responsibility, I often have conversations with clients about their responsibilities and plans for the upcoming year. 

What a Health & Safety Manager must consider

A year is plenty of time to do your training and get up to date. Hey, why not get it all done by March?! Your Account Manager at iHASCO would love that! But in all seriousness, as a Health and Safety Manager, it is our responsibility not to just view training as a tick-box exercise that helps you work towards compliance but more as an exercise that genuinely improves working life for every person. For most, 50% of total waking hours are spent at work. This means employers have a moral duty as well as legal duty to make sure their staff are safe. Now I understand this means more work, but is less work more valuable than someone’s life? 144 people in the UK lost their lives between 2017/18 due to work-related injuries and some of these, I am sure, with the right training could have been prevented.

As a Health and Safety Manager, it's not just your staff you affect, it is also their friends and family you are putting at risk by not training staff.

Every job is dangerous whether that be mentally or physically...

Mental ill health is now finally being recognised as a big problem in the UK, with 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health related illness throughout their lives. Here at iHASCO we now have a much better insight into this and have created multiple Mental Health Awareness Training courses to help benefit you further. Business has changed and not only do buyers look at the value and cost of things, but they'll also be looking deeper into the morales of a business and how they treat their staff - Mental Health & Wellbeing training shows you are willing to look after your staff and go above and beyond. 

A Health & Safety Manager's responsibilities include: 

  • Monitoring health and safety risks & hazards
  • Offering health and safety advice to employees
  • Working alongside employees to improve and monitor the health and safety standards in the workplace
  • Helping employees to avoid and minimise risks in the workplace
  • Helping to create and manage health and safety monitoring systems and policies
  • Making sure the business complies with health and safety legislation
  • Ensuring inspections are carried out when needed
  • Managing emergency procedures and ensuring that they are in place for when one occurs

What a Fire Warden must consider 

Fire wardens are one of the most important people in a building when it comes to safety. Why? Because these are the people who will be making sure you leave the building safely in the event of a fire and have the right training to do so. I'm not saying fire wardens will run into a burning building to save you, but they will do everything beforehand to ensure that no one has to!

Fire Awareness Training is sometimes described as repetitive, but then again, the causes of fire always seem to be repetitive or at least have similarities. Why? Because many people do not have the right training in place. The ones that do can deal with fires quickly and save collateral damage (a small price for fire training could save companies thousands of pounds, yet people still risk it... you must be mad!).

As a Fire Warden you should be thinking about what you need to do this year for training and when should people do it. It is all about organisation and timing. If you can get these two factors arranged, then training should run smoothly.

A Fire Warden's responsibilities include:

  • Aiding in the creation of fire emergency and evacuation plans
  • Checking all fire doors are in working order
  • Ensuring the company has good fire safety practices in the workplace
  • Remaining calm and taking appropriate action in case of a fire i.e. fighting or evacuating people from the building
  • Carrying out fire risk assessments
  • Carrying out fire drills and then assessing if any actions need to be taken as a result. Here at iHASCO we aim to do a fire drill once a month. 
  • Ensure that fire equipment has been correctly installed, is fully functioning and is readily available.
  • Monitoring general fire safety at all times.

Why January is a good month for renewal or purchasing credits?

A lot of people feel as if January is a bad time to do training because of all the chaos of 'getting back to work'. However, this is actually one of the best times! Training is such a key part of working order so once this is complete then it is done and out the way, most likely for a year. Plus with our courses, they can sit back with a cup of tea and watch the magic of iHASCO Training unfold. This will mean staff are more willing to do the training during work hours to help blow the Christmas cobwebs away.

I hope by reading this you don’t think that I'm telling you how to do your job! It is just some friendly advice from one Health & Safty Manager and Fire Warden to the others. At the end of the day, you know your business better than I do. But I hope this helps you realise you and iHASCO are a team; a team to make sure you and your staff are safe. That is what iHASCO Account Managers are there for - to be on your side.

As Mattie Stepanek once said “Unity is strength … when it comes to teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved”.

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