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Designed for those who have overall operational or strategic accountability for an organisation, responsible for determining and implementing effective safety and health management and monitoring its success.

Designed for those who have overall operational or strategic accountability for an organisation, responsible for determining and implementing effective safety and health management and monitoring its success. Employed in a director’s role; owners of small and medium-sized enterprises; or executive/non-executive directors of larger organisations with governance structures.


Senior Executives and Directors have significant responsibilities under present health and safety legislation. The introduction of EC directives further reinforce these responsibilities.

Individuals who neglect their responsibility for the health and safety of others may be open to criminal prosecution in the event of a serious accident or incident occurring in the workplace. All levels of management should be fully aware of how this can affect them.


This one day course provides Executives and Directors with a clear insight into the key aspects of health and safety in the workplace and a full appreciation of current health and safety legislation, presenting them with the means to promote a safer working environment in their organisation.

Who should attend?

Executives and Directors from any organisation, who wish to raise their awareness of health and safety legislation to enable them to promote a safer working environment in the workplace.


On successful completion of the programme delegates will be able to:

  • Describe the legal, moral and financial role of operational directors, owners of small businesses and senior executives, including their responsibilities, liabilities and accountabilities
  • Explain the importance of safety and health at top-management level and how integrating those objectives into other business management objectives can help to minimise risk, reduce losses and make better use of time and resources
  • Illustrate how to plan the direction for safety and health through developing and implementing a safety and health policy, and integrating it into business systems
  • Explain the value of an adequately resourced and efficient safety and health management system, the value and benefits of training at all levels, and when to access competent advice
  • Outline the benefits of good safety and health management systems, the consequences of failing to manage effectively, and how to ensure internal controls are working
  • Describe the importance of reviewing and continually improving management systems, especially following change or failure
  • Explain the positive impact and improvement that an organisation’s leaders can have on its performance through their attitude and support for improving its safety culture
  • Describe the importance of setting key performance indicators and targets, together with performance monitoring and review for continual improvement in safety and health management.

Course Content

Module 1: The Moral, Legal and Financial case
  • Moral, Financial and reputational argument
  • Responsibilities to ensure any impacts are reported
  • The legal requirements, example: the Directors Disqualification Act 1985
  • Directors guidelines, the HSE’s ‘Leading Health & Safety at Work’ (INDG417).
  • Fines and penalties
  • The cost of failure to the business and its reputation
Module 2: Plan
  • The H&S Policy
  • The priorities, plans and targets of the organisation
  • Identifying and managing organisational risks
  • Emergency planning
  • H&S resources
  • Consultation with employees or their safety representatives
Module 3: Do
  • Effective safety management systems (SMS).
  • An effective system of communication
  • Promoting a healthy and safe working environment
  • Training and development
  • Procuring goods and services and supply chain management
Module 4: Check
  • Organisational controls, auditing and monitoring
  • Proactive and reactive data collection
  • External changes that may have an impact
  • Identifying any shortcomings and addressing weaknesses
  • Performance monitoring, recording and target setting.
Module 5: Act
  • Strong and visible leadership
  • Corporate and social responsibilities
  • Celebrating good performance
  • Corporate governance
  • The effect board decisions have on the business
  • Continuous improvement

Method of Assessment, Moderation and Certification

The learning outcomes will be assessed by delegates undertaking a multiple choice test paper and a personal commitment (Action Plan) with 3 actions they commit to taking.

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