Technical Note #12 Leading Safety Practices @ Work
This document outlines the requirements for effective leadership in health and safety, in both large and small organisations.
Protecting the health and safety of employees and/or members of the public from potential hazards is an essential component of risk management that must be led by the Board in every organisation. Failure to acknowledge these aspects as a key business risk can have catastrophic results, as has been seen in the many high profile safety cases over the years that have been rooted by the ignorance of leadership.
Legislation places the onus of health and safety on organisations and their employees. However, members of the Board are entrusted with both individual and collective responsibilities, and can be held liable should these duties be breached.
The enclosed guidelines will assist today’s business leader in identifying the most appropriate methods to promote health and safety in the workplace, thereby fulfilling essential legal obligations and the best interests of the organisation. These guidelines are intended to assist all decision-makers in senior management, i.e. directors, governors, trustees, officers and their equivalents in the private, public and third sectors with the successful implementation of a Health and Safety Management Programme within their respective organisations.