Training needs for managers

Useful guidance on identifying and developing training needs for rail managers on health, including links to free resources on training and competence management.

We recognise that occupational health training needs for front line managers within and across rail businesses will vary significantly, particularly between infrastructure managers, contractors, and train operators.

However, there will be some core areas of knowledge and understanding that most front line managers will need in order to be properly equipped to recognise and effectively manage work related health risks among their staff.

We have set out good practice guidance on key health management topics which we believe most front line managers in the rail industry will need to understand.

General guidance is also available on developing staff competence and on wider health and safety training, which rail companies may also find useful.

Our guidance 'Developing and maintaining staff competence pdf icon PDF, 1,373 Kb' helps explain how manager training forms a key element in implementing and maintaining a wider competence management system.

HSE guidance 'Health and Safety Training – what you need to know' gives basic good practice advice on who may need training, what form the training may take, and how to organise it.

Managers will need to know:

  • what you expect from them in terms of managing work related ill health, and how you expect them to deliver;
  • they need to understand relevant legal requirements as well as your health and safety policies and procedures, where they fit in, and how you want health and safety managed; and
  • they may also need training in the specific hazards of your processes and how you expect the risks to be controlled.