Part of the challenge with health and safety is getting
everyone on board with its implementation and the development of good health
and safety practices. To do this requires good leadership at various different
levels of the organisation. Here we will give you a brief introduction to
safety leadership and how developing it can move your business towards a safer
and more profitable future.
Who is the safety leader
within your organisation?
Defining the safety leader within your organisation can be
a worthwhile or futile endeavour. In pure health and safety terms, it will be
the individual designated as the key responsible person in the health and
safety policy of the business. However, putting sole responsibility for the safety
leadership on one person can have negative consequences both for the person and
the organisation. Under the principles outlined by OSHA, anyone within an
organisation can be a safety leader, it is not dependent on them being in a
What is the key principle of
Safety leadership is defined as the process and practices that leaders use
within an organisation to work towards particular health and safety goals. Many
when discussing safety leadership mistakenly use the terms leader and manager interchangeably.
Safety management focuses on someone in the structural hierarchy of an
organisation who can influence employees through their job role. Safety
leadership is a voluntary activity that, as previously stated, can be
undertaken by anyone within a business.
How do I improve the safety
leadership in my organisation?
Developing good health and safety leadership is no easy
task, it takes time and the development of good behaviours and practices within
the leaders of your organisation. Some key points to keep in mind include the
everyone has a basic level of health and safety training
and monitor particular goals for health and safety objectives
all necessary employees in the planning and decision stage of projects
the development of safe work practices beyond a procedure that must be followed
so employees act on their own accord
Connecting and discussing relevant topics with other health
and safety leaders is one of the key ways organisations’ are trying to improve
health and safety management. Doing so will help you
stay up to date with the latest information in the field of HSE and improve the
safety of your workplace.