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Health & safety managers have a lot on their plates
23 January 2013
Health & safety managers have to juggle over 30 different priorities during the course of their work, according to research by Aviva Risk Management Solutions (ARMS). ARMS asked 200 health & safety managers about their workplace priorities and as many as 33 different issues were highlighted.
Head of ARMS, Brian Wallace, said: â€œOften with this kind of research people are given just a few options to choose from, but we decided to keep things open and simply asked 'what's your priority?' â€œOnce categorised, these responses covered more than 30 different issues, all from just 200 health & safety managers. The things they highlighted ranged from workplace stress and violence to display screen equipment.
â€œThe findings reveal that not only do health & safety managers have a lot to deal with, but that their priorities differ considerably from one workplace to the next.â€
Other issues mentioned included driver safety, risk assessments, fire safety, asbestos, work at height, environmental management and health and well-being. The number one priority for managers continues to be reducing accidents for those questioned. This was closely followed by training and improving management systems and policy.
Other priorities included tackling behavioural safety and improving heath and safety culture, and a desire by mangers for their organisation to achieve a recognised standard such as OHSAS 18001 or ISO 14001.
Health & safety managers were also asked to identify which issues they might seek help with from consultants. Most (41%) mentioned training and qualifications, followed by written guidance sheets (15%), fire safety (12%), online advice, information and support (9%) and driver safety (9%).