IOSH Safety for Senior Executives


With the constant changes in Health & Safety Legislation, it is ever more important that senior management fully understand the responsibilities, pitfalls and implications of carrying out their duties with regards their company's Health & Safety compliance.

The course is designed for senior executives who provide strategic leadership, direction and oversight, and set the policy on health and safety for their organisation, be this in the private, public or voluntary sector.

The course will educate and update them on all relevant areas of health and safety and the law, the corporate and personal liabilities which exist and most importantly how to minimise them. This one-day IOSH accredited course is a 'must have' for all senior managers.

Aims & Objectives:

The focus is on health & safety responsibilities and obligations and how they should be performed to mitigate risk. The course also covers personal legal obligations and the liabilities of both directors and their companies.

The programme follows the IOSH Safety for Senior Executives syllabus which includes:

  • Health and safety law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate manslaughter
  • Powers of enforcement authorities
  • Personal responsibilities and accountability at senior levels
  • Management Systems
  • The business implications and Corporate governance of health and safety
  • Understand the health & safety role & responsibilities of senior executives.
  • Recognise the importance of integrating health & safety objectives with other business objectives in order to minimise the overall risk.
  • Take account of health & safety aspects during strategic planning, decision making & effective supply chain management.
  • Know the consequences of failing to manage health & safety effectively.
  • Understand the principles of OSHMS, continual improvement & annual reporting.
  • Understand the implications of the new Corporate Manslaughter & Corporate Homicide Act 2007 & the IoD & HSE Guidance

Course Outline:

Module 1 – Aims and objectives

  • Overview and introduction to the programme

Module 2 – Senior executives’ health and safety responsibilities

  • The moral and legal case for effective health and safety management, and the role played by directors

Module 3 – Corporate governance and health and safety

  • The business case for effective management of health and safety risk, including the ‘hidden’ costs of failure and the requirements for annual reporting

Module 4 – Management systems

  • Understanding the requirements for effective health and safety management, its principles and its strategic implementation