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Health and safety

As a manager, you have a duty of care to your team to ensure that policies and procedures are followed.

All you need to know in 30 seconds

Health and safety is all about minimising illness or injury in the workplace. It is the responsibility of all staff to safeguard the health and safety of the workplace and the team.

Health and safety covers many aspects such as policies, accident reporting, hazards, manual handling, infection control and many more. You should make yourself aware of your local health and safety policy, and know where you need to go to gain further support (Health & Safety home page).


All you need to know in detail

Health and safety is all about minimising illness or injury in the workplace. It covers many related aspects such as policies, accident reporting, potential hazards and risk assessments, manual handling, violence towards employees from patients, infection control, needle stick injuries and many more. It is the responsibility of all employees to safeguard the health and safety of the workplace and the team.

As a manager, you have a duty of care to your team to ensure that policies and procedures are followed. You should make yourself aware of your local health and safety policy, as different business areas will have different guidance in place to safeguard health and safety - for example, there will be separate advice for employees working in freight and logistics to those working in an office-based environment. You should be aware of where you need to go to gain further support, such as Occupational Health (OH), Health and Safety (H&S) or Human Resources (HR) departments.

As part of the role of manager, you will need to carry out workplace risk assessments for your work areas and setup preventative measures for any hazards identified.

Make links with the health and safety team and find out what you need to do as a manager to keep your team, colleagues and patients safe. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) also has a number of tools on their website (such as the line manager competency indicator tool) to help you assess your own skill levels as a manager in dealing with health and safety issues. These are very useful in identifying where you may need further training, support and information.

Furthermore, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde also have helpful pages regarding Health, Safety and Welfare Policy, Stress in the Workplace, and Guidance for Managing Musculoskeletal Disorders. Access all Health & Safety Policies.

Last Updated: 07 May 2019