Directors take Leadership on Health and Safety Guidance
Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 @ 17:01:34 GMT
Topic: Health and Safety Executive (HSE) News

Directors have taken the initiative in drawing up their own practical, common sense health and safety guidelines. These will remind Directors across organisations of all sizes it is their responsibility to lead on health and safety and establish polices and practices that make it an integral part of their culture and values. The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) and the Institute of Directors (IoD) will today publish 'Leading health and safety at work' written by directors, for directors.

Supporting the new guidance Health and Safety Minister Lord McKenzie of Luton said, "The health and safety of employees is a moral and ethical obligation for each and every employer and this must be driven home from Board level. Only this way will we ensure that health and safety is taken seriously. This guidance clearly sets out the agenda for effective leadership of health and safety."

New Chair of HSC, Judith Hackitt agreed: "It is visible leadership from the top of an organisation which truly makes for an effective health and safety culture which in turn delivers good health and safety performance and much more. I am still confounded by the number of people who see 'health and safety' as a barrier to doing things, as experience and evidence shows that the reverse is true.

"The challenge before us is changing behaviour. This guidance makes it clear what directors need to do but it is their action and delivery which will really count".

Director General of the IoD, Miles Templeman, added: "The Institute of Directors (IoD) believes that it's vital that board members lead the approach of their organisation to health and safety, whatever the environment they operate in.

"Too often health and safety are words used as excuses by organisations that have not developed their thinking in this area. The IoD hopes that the new guidance can help organisations integrate health and safety into business decisions in an appropriate way, not one that stifles appropriate activity."

The guidance is written "by directors for directors" and offers them straightforward practical advice on how to: Plan, Deliver, Monitor and Review, health and safety in the workplace.

Welsh: s/welsh/indg417w.pdf

This article comes from Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (SOHSA)

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