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Second evaluation of guidance for directors and board members

In October 2007, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Institute of Directors (IoD) jointly published guidance for directors encouraging them to lead on health and safety in their organisations; the publication was entitled ‘Leading Health and Safety at Work: leadership actions for directors and board members’ (INDG417)1.

A baseline study was conducted in 2008 to assess awareness and impact of the guidance among directors/ board members. The principal aims of the baseline study were to determine:

The HSE subsequently commissioned Databuild to repeat the evaluation with a different sample of directors in 2009 to enable comparisons to be drawn with the baseline study. Additional questions were included to explore directors’ leadership behaviour and their understanding of health and safety legislation.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2010-06-25