The board should set the direction for effective health and safety management. Board members need to establish a health and safety policy that is much more than a document – it should be an integral part of your organisation’s culture, of its values and performance standards.
All board members should take the lead in ensuring the communication of health and safety duties and benefits throughout the organisation. Executive directors must develop policies to avoid health and safety problems and must respond quickly where difficulties arise or new risks are introduced; non-executives must make sure that health and safety is properly addressed.
To agree a policy, boards will need to ensure they are aware of the significant risks faced by their organisation. The policy should set out the board’s own role and that of individual board members in leading the health and safety of its organisation. It should require the board to:
The health and safety policy is a ‘living’ document and it should evolve over time, for example, in the light of major organisational changes such as restructuring or a significant acquisition.