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This website is for all directors, governors, trustees, officers and their equivalents in the private, public and third sectors. It applies to organisations of all sizes.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has further advice on leadership for small businesses and major hazard industries, see resources.

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This guidance is issued jointly by the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) The work was overseen by an IoD-led steering group comprising nominees from the:

Advice about the status of this guidance

This guidance, issued jointly by the Institute of Directors and the Health and Safety Executive, is addressed to directors (and their equivalents) of corporate bodies and of organisations in the public and third sectors. Such organisations are required to comply with health and safety law. Although reference is made to existing legal obligations, following the guidance is not in itself obligatory. However, if you do follow it you will normally be doing enough to help your organisation meet its legal obligations.

In considering the liability of an organisation under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, a jury must consider any breaches of health and safety legislation and may have regard to any health and safety guidance. In addition to other health and safety guidance, this guidance could be a relevant consideration for a jury depending on the circumstances of the particular case.

Updated 2016-09-06