Why Should Senior Executives Receive Health and Safety Training?

Put simply, by undertaking executive Health and Safety training, senior executives will:

  1. Be in a better position to fulfil their responsibilities
  1. Minimise the risk of personal liability under health and safety legislation.

What Do We Mean by That?

By law, senior executives can be personally liable for health and safety offences committed by their companies or organisations if these are due to their consent, connivance or neglect.

Health and safety legislation is ever-changing. There are many legal obligations and senior executives need to be up to date with their implications and know what action to take. It is particularly important that this knowledge can be applied to the actual issues within their company or organisation for which the executive is responsible. By far the most efficient way of doing this is through appropriately targeted Health and Safety training designed for senior executives.

What’s the Best Course of Action?

In the first instance, the Health and Safety course should be accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The aim of the course should be to educate delegates on all relevant areas of health and safety and the law, as well as updating delegates on any recent updates to the legislation.

The course should focus on health and safety responsibilities and obligations and how they should be discharged to mitigate risk. It should also cover the personal legal obligations and the liabilities of both directors and their companies.

The IOSH Safety for Senior Executives syllabus includes:

  • Health and safety law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate manslaughter
  • Powers of enforcement authorities
  • The role of Europe
  • Personal responsibilities and accountability at senior levels
  • Management practice
  • The business implications of health and safety.

The important factor of any course of this type is that it achieves two things.

  1. Imparts all the relevant information and
  1. Does this in a formal yet lively and engaging manner.

Delegates should also leave the day with an understanding not just of the legal and financial implications of health and safety but the moral implications as well.

In particular, directors and managers have legal roles and responsibilities in relation to health and safety at work, which they need to be fully informed of in order to avoid any liabilities arising. The course should also make clear how legal requirements are enforced, how to manage enforcement authorities, and the powers that health and safety inspectors have and the protocols that need to be in place.

Part of the course should discuss how best the health and safety obligations of a company should be managed. These include standards for health and safety management systems as well as regular health and safety training and regular monitoring and auditing of the management systems. The organisation should also fully understand the importance of not just abiding by health and safety legislation, but of creating a health and safety culture within the organization, which supports ongoing maintenance and improvements of standards.

For more information on our courses please contact us by calling 0118 929 9920 or click here to see forthcoming dates and locations.

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