Leading Health and Safety at Work Guidance

Institute Of Directors and Health And Safety Executive - Leading Health and Safety At Work Guide

This guidance sets out an agenda for the effective leadership of health and safety.

It is designed for use by all directors, governors, trustees, officers and their equivalents in the private, public and third sectors. It applies to organisations of all sizes.

Protecting the health and safety of employees or members of the public who may be affected by your activities is an essential part of risk management and must be led by the board.

Failure to include health and safety as a key business risk in board decisions can have catastrophic results. Many high-profile safety cases over the years have been rooted in failures of leadership.

Health and safety law places duties on organisations and employers, and directors can be personally liable when these duties are breached: members of the board have both collective and individual responsibility for health and safety.

By following this guidance, you will help your organisation find the best ways to lead and promote health and safety, and therefore meet its legal obligations.

The starting points are the following essential principles. These principles are intended to underpin the actions in this guidance and so lead to good health and safety performance. Centred arround the fundamental leadership actions for directors and board members, the guidance has the following essential principles using Plan, Deliver, Monitor and Review processes:

  • Strong and active leadership from the top:
    • visible, active commitment from the board;
    • establishing effective ‘downward’ communication systems and management structures;
    • integration of good health and safety management with business decisions.
  • Worker involvement:
    • engaging the workforce in the promotion and achievement of safe and healthy conditions;
    • effective ‘upward’ communication;
    • providing high quality training.
  • Assessment and review:
    • identifying and managing health and safety risks;
    • accessing (and following) competent advice;
    • monitoring, reporting and reviewing performance.

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