SMSTS - A Manager Should Lead by Example
In pretty much every industry, workers will look up to management and expect them to show leadership and provide guidance for them. And just as a child will copy the actions of their parents, so too will workers copy the actions of their manager.
On a construction site, as it is in other industries, it is up to the manager to set an example and to enforce rules. When it comes to health and safety on a construction site, it is the responsibility of the site manager to do this, which is why the syllabus on qualifications such as SMSTS courses place so much emphasis on the responsibility of site managers to implement and enforce safety rules whilst on site.
It is also important for the site manager to prove their commitment to health and safety by doing rather than just saying. If they talk about the need for safe working practices on site but then do not stick to them themselves and take risks, not only will what they say lose all credibility, but their workers will also begin to copy them and their dangerous actions.
As well as setting a good example, a good site manager should step in and put a stop to any activity where a worker is not following procedures or is working in an unsafe manner. Turning a blind eye not only condones the practice, but means that everyone is at risk as the incident that could result may affect everyone around e.g. if it were to cause an explosion or a fire.
Need an Accredited Course?
Along with designing bespoke health and safety training programmes, we also run the accredited NEBOSH, IOSH and ConstructionSkills (CSkills) health and safety courses as open courses at selected venues across the UK, as well as in-house for those companies who have a number of employees requiring the training, as it will be much more cost effective than sending them all onto a scheduled open course.
For more information please call 0115 984 9940 to discuss the options or send us an online contact form. Alternatively, use the "Courses" menu at the top of the page to view the courses and qualifications for the various awarding bodies.
These courses form the basis for our in-house training programmes. They can either be run as they are if the outline is exactly what you want, or can be be modified to suit the individual requirements of your organisation. Two or more can also be combined to tailor a bespoke training session for you.
Please click on a course title to find out more about what each one entails: