‘One in five managers lacks H&S training’
That’s the finding of a new report, ‘How to manage your people safely’, published by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
It includes the results of a YouGov survey of nearly 700 company decision-makers from a range of sectors about how health and safety is managed.
Of the respondents, 96 per cent agreed that line managers are important in ensuring the people who report to them are safe and healthy in the workplace.
A fifth of respondents said investigations into accidents had shown a management failure was a contributing factor. And 19 per cent said their organisations don’t train line managers in health and safety, a cause for concern for IOSH.
Most of these organisations are small or medium sized, with 250 employees or less.
Nearly half of respondents who said they invest in externally-provided courses for managers had used IOSH’s Managing Safely. It is designed to provide managers with the ability to apply the knowledge they gain in the workplace.