Health & Safety for Directors

Who should attend?

This course is for people with strategic responsibility for determining effective Health & Safety management and putting it into practice in their organisation.

Course Aims & Objectives

The purpose of the course is for delegates to be able to recognise the importance of strategic Health & Safety management and its integration into other business management systems.

By the end of the course delegates will:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of directors
  • Be aware of the consequences of failing to manage Health & Safety effectively
  • Appreciate the value of an adequately resourced Health & Safety management system
  • Understand the importance of performance monitoring and review for continual improvement of Health & Safety management.

Course Outline

Importance of Health & Safety

  • Moral, legal, financial and reputational arguments for Health & Safety Management
  • Why Health & Safety leadership is important
  • The importance of strong leadership, worker involvement and assessment/review
  • Directors’ responsibilities – appointment of a Health & Safety director and the role of non-executive directors
  • Legal liabilities of individual board members for Health & Safety failures (with reference to the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, common law and the Directors Disqualification Act 1986)
  • The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

Planning Health & Safety

  • Integrating Health & Safety into the business agenda
  • Identifying significant risks to the organisation
  • Establishing and maintaining a Health & Safety policy
  • The importance of integrating the policy into the organisation’s culture, values and standards
  • Corporate governance
  • Communicating, promoting and championing Health & Safety throughout the organisation

Delivering Health & Safety

  • Effective Health & Safety management systems and practices (ensuring sensible, responsible and proportionate risk management)
  • Ensuring risk assessments are carried out
  • Addressing the Health & Safety implications of changes to processes, working practices and staffing
  • Visible leadership
  • Developing procurement standards to minimise the risks introduced by suppliers of goods and services
  • Training for all employees, including board members
  • Employee involvement in decisions that affect their Health & Safety
  • The role and function of Health & Safety committees

Monitoring Health & Safety

  • The role and importance of specific and routine reports on performance
  • Proactive and reactive performance measurement
  • Auditing the effectiveness of Health & Safety management and risk controls
  • Reporting the impact of change and major failures
  • Procedures for monitoring changes in the external environment (such as changes to legislation) and implementing change as appropriate
  • Setting targets for improvement

Reviewing Health & Safety

  • The role and purpose of top-level reviews of Health & Safety
  • Determining whether policy is in line with organisational priorities and plans
  • Determining whether the Health & Safety management system is reporting effectively
  • Identifying shortcomings and impact of board decisions
  • Deciding actions to address any weaknesses
  • Annual reporting
  • Continuous improvement


Certificates of attendance will be awarded to delegates upon completion of the course.


1 Day


We can offer courses on company premises for a maximum of 12 delegates or upcoming open courses in your local area.

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