Workplace Health and Safety: For Senior Management

Certificate IV in Occupational Health and SafetyWhy should you train your senior managers in workplace health and safety (WHS)? Training ensures that the skills, knowledge and attitudes of people within the organisation are in line with the organisations overall goals. Therefore, by providing training to workers, supervisors, team leaders, management and senior management, it ensures that contributions as a team is heightened to meet the organisation’s end goals.

One of the main goals for any organisation is to minimise the risk of harm in which may lead to personal or property damage. To ensure that incidents within the organisation which can lead to damage are reduced, the organisation (including staff) must be committed to the WHS program which minimises or eliminates the risk of incidents. This includes senior management showing their commitment by providing the appropriate resources and support for developing and maintaining WHS program, including training programs. 

Training is imperative at any level of the organisation and all staff should be trained regularly to ensure that organisation’s policies are implemented and maintained. Regular training of WHS has been proven to improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of an organisation. This is as the organisation is working as a team to reach one common goal, and each person is aware of their responsibility within the team. And, this increases motivation to reach the common goal within the organisation and to maintain WHS policies. 

A safe working condition is good business. You should train your staff regularly in WHS, including senior management. Not only as it will decrease costs associated with damage and personal injury, but simply as it is good business.