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Director’s responsibilities

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Health & Safety

Successful Health and Safety Management is only possible where there is genuine commitment from senior management.  Directors and managers should demonstrate positive safety behaviours in order to instil the same in their employees.

It is not only corporate bodies who can be found guilty of offences of health and safety law.   A recent prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive resulted in the Director of a company being handed a 12-week custodial sentence, suspended for a year, a 12-week curfew and costs of £3,560.  Several employees were diagnosed with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and the investigation found that when employees had reported symptoms to the company, the company had failed to take any action to address the problem.

Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 relates to the role of senior management in the management of health and safety, and where a Director or Manager is proven to have knowingly neglected or breached health and safety legislation, they can, as individuals, be held accountable.

Law at Work provides IOSH Managing Safely training and spaces are still available on our upcoming courses.   This is an internationally recognised and respected qualification, aimed at managers and supervisors, and will support those with responsibility for managing health and safety to fulfil their duties.   Click the links below for details and to book your space.

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