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Why Do Managers Need to Be Health and Safety Trained?

July 2024


Taking a top-down approach to health and safety is vital to keeping workplaces safe for employees. If you’re looking to be a part of line management of any kind, you need to understand your health and safety responsibilities, and the role you play in them.

It is easy to overlook the importance of health and safety when you’re dealing with the heavy workloads that are common in high-ranking positions. However, health and safety should be adopted by every member of the workplace irrespective of their role and position in an organisation.

For employees to see the importance of health and safety, management must also demonstrate an effort to adopt safe practices. Show, don’t tell, and lead by example.


The Legal, Moral and Financial Reasons for Manager Health and Safety Training


The legal reasoning for health and safety training for managers is crystal clear. Managers and supervisors have a responsibility to ensure their staff are working safely and are not at risk of accident or injury.

The Health and Safety at Work Act is the main law governing health and safety at work in the UK. This legislation places general duties on employers (risk assessments etc.) to do what is reasonably practical to ensure the health and safety of their workforce and others who may be affected by their work.


Aside from their legal duties, employers have a moral duty to keep their employees safe. Health and safety is not just about protecting your organisation from legal harm. Outside of the individual person, it is important to remember that every person has a family and loved ones who hope they come home safe and sound every day.

The emotional toll of an accident is indescribable, and a serious workplace accident can irreparably damage a person’s life emotionally, physically and financially.


The financial reasoning for taking health and safety training comes down to several factors. The financial consequences of workplace accidents and neglecting proper training can be devastating. On the flip side, proper investment in training managers in health and safety yields incredible cost savings.

When all is said and done, accidents cost money. Insurance increases, legal expenses, staff replacement, lost time, fines, and property damage are just a few of the potential monetary impacts an organisation and individuals will face.

According to the HSE, an estimated 35.2 million working days were lost in 2022/23 due to self-reported work-related ill health or injury. Additionally, In 2021/22, the estimated annual costs of workplace injury and new cases of work-related ill health reached £20.7 billion, representing a £1.9 billion increase compared with 2019/20.

The business could also see decreased patronage from customers and businesses via reputational damage in the industry.


What Should Managers Know About Health and Safety?

The law says that all workers must be properly trained to carry out their job roles safely. With this in mind, managers must look to understand the following:

  • The importance of managing health and safety and the consequences of failing to do so.
  • How accidents and incidents occur and how to prevent them.
  • The identification, evaluation and control of workplace risks.
  • Legal requirements for managing health and safety under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
  • Key elements of a health and safety management system and how to implement them.
  • Measuring and improving health and safety performance.

By enrolling managers in the Astutis Safety for Managers course, organisations can protect themselves from legal and financial consequences whilst also ensuring their employees come home safely.



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