Skillful management and leadership are needed to continually improve and sustain the effective and reliable control needed to minimise harm and prevent losses. What varies with job roles is what job holders are required to focus on, from day to day operational health and safety, to year by year health and safety strategy.

What is essential for effective health and safety management and leadership in any job role is a simple shared framework and language. A crucial foundation is a clear understanding of an organisation’s serious health and safety hazards, what must be done to reduce the risks they create and how health and safety is working in practice.

Who is the course aimed at?

This suite of courses is for everyone with accountability for serious health and safety risks at any level of an organisation. It is for everyone who leads a team and manages health and safety risks in their area of responsibility and must be a health and safety leader for their team and organisation.

What does the course aim to achieve?

These courses aim to support

  • Compliance with health and safety legal requirements
  • Ensuring all health and safety hazards are understood and that hierarchy control principles are used to ensure reliable control all health and safety risks
  • Using an understanding of human factors and behavioural science to ensure risk control, health and safety management and leadership, are reliable and effective
  • Planning for success in personal health and safety responsibilities
  • Paying knowledgeable attention to health and safety throughout your organisation
  • Developing a forward thinking organisational culture of learning and action for continual improvement in health and safety performance
  • Building commitment to achieving great health and safety performance

The skills and principles covered can be transferred to any other area of business performance management.

What will you learn about?

Drawing on Hastam’s practical, academic and expert witness experience, the course covers:

  • Risk perception and why health and safety requires active management and leadership
  • The importance of understanding your significant risks, the potential for harm and costs if hazards are not controlled, and using hierarchy of risk control principles to ensure that all health and safety risks are effectively controlled
  • What must be managed to ensure equipment and human (procedures and behaviours) risk control measures are implemented effectively and remain reliable i.e. technical integrity, competence and motivation
  • Key success factors for important health and safety management procedures and personal responsibilities, linked to your organisations key roles and responsibilities
  • Integration of human factors into health and safety management and leadership i.e. what organisations must do to reduce unintended errors and ensure compliance with procedures
  • How team leaders influence their team and organisation’s health and safety culture and behavioural science based key success factors for creating a forward thinking learning culture, including how team leaders pay attention to their team’s health and safety performance and how they respond to failures.

All course attendees are encouraged to create a personal action plan to be followed up by their team leader. The course content is readily tailored by making use of your own health and safety documentation, selecting case studies appropriate to your organisation, and focusing on the content applicable to your specific training needs.

Course length?

Options are

  • Short day introduction to health and safety for directors and executive managers
  • One, two or three day foundation course for persons who are new to their health and safety management and leadership responsibilities. Duration is dependent on training needs and how much ‘how to’ content you require for each health and safety management and leadership topic
  • One day refresher course for persons who have previously done training such as IOSH Managing Safely. This version of the course will challenge attendees to renew their commitment to health and safety and identify what improvements are needed in their area of responsibility

How many people on a course?

These courses are most effective when run for groups of 8 to 12 persons.

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Thorough, detailed, explicit and relevant. Cited examples where relevant to that could impact our organisation. Tools and techniques suggested and discussed are helpful. There was nothing that I didn’t take something away from.

Operations Manager port operator

Very useful, particularly in presenting ‘process’ safety principles to areas of our business not thought of as processes.

Engineering Directorport operator

Useful and thought provoking. Made me consider how to continue to improve – rethink the approach. I would like my management team to attend the course.

Associate Director Donor and Transport ServicesNHS services

Really made me reflect on my role and some actions to improve. Makes you think and course [manual] provides useful reference material. I really enjoyed the course.

Associate Director of ManufacturingNHS services

The course was useful as a refresher, bringing together techniques learnt previously reinforcing my role. Steve gave a well prepared course.

Capital Design Automation Engineering Managerwater industry

Excellent in depth course on safety culture and process safety.

Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Managerwater industry

Very beneficial, I have not attended any sessions similar to this [before]. In particularly the primary [culture] embedding mechanisms and effective / ineffective supervision [were useful].

Civil and Structural Engineering Managerwater industry