Health and Safety and Requirements
I have realised that health and safety management is not solely issued with health and safety it is also include financial, internal and external customers, publics, and knowledge management. It appears that health and safety management is a wide topic and it is also vital for an organisation to implement.
The financially if any accident occur company will be affected by its cost and also the investment about safety training is another financial costs to company. Internal customers are your stakeholder, shareholder, and external customers are your actual customer. Any health and safety problem that may be occurred during working at company it will affect directly employees as well as other stakeholders and shareholders too and even it may affect company reputation. Public also includes in that category which may be affected due to company’s health and safety issues. Especially construction companies are a good example to that such as scaffold building. Some buildings beside pedestrian way doing scaffold and still public are using that way and if any hazard is occured public will be affected directly. Therefore training and learning is essential in health and safety management regards to everyone around organisation.
The implementation of health and safety management in theory seems easy to conduct. However many companies as I have researched still having problems on implementation. Furthermore most of the senior managers do not have any health and safety certificate from any foundation. Certificate may not be proof of excellence knowledge but at least shows you have got well knowledge and well trained. In addition during risk assessment and identifying hazard the expertise may be required to analyse process well. This is the key point, during this process if risks and hazards could be identified well, it may cause fatal or non fatal injuries and this also affect organisation activities.
Therefore my point of view each department manager (I am talking about WaveRider’s structure – small-medium size companies) should have at least a health and safety certificate to carry out, monitor, audit and develop health and safety management.
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I would like to add an important point which I came across while I was studying on environmental management. Nowadays; some organisations actually combinig their Environmental management systems with Health & Safety management systems under one title. Therefore; calling it Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) protocols. This makes it easier to control every related legal requirements and managing departments induvidually. I have not yet grasped the total understanding of this mixed topic but I want to study further in the future.
06 Jun 2010, 06:59
emreIt seems quite interesting comment that I have done quick research about Environmental Health and Safety and realised that most of university are basicly implementing and teaching this program from (Harvard University to University of Toronto). As you have said it may worth to research about what is the gains with Environmental Health and Safety compared to Health and Safety. In Harvard University web page there are some information about Environmental Health and Safety program and implementation.
On the othere hand Xerox defines Environment health and safety as; sustainability across our value chain worldwide to protect our environment and communities. It seems with this definition companies may be trying to show how they are environmental and want to protect environment not only due to company benefit but also due to world’s benefit. It sounds cool:D
06 Jun 2010, 18:13
Always beneficial for future generations and our responsibility to give them a better protected world. However, it is not an easy task to do.
07 Jun 2010, 03:29
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