Health and safety leadership checklist



  • What have you done to ensure your organisation, at all levels including the board, receives competent health and safety advice? See Deciding who will help you with your duties.
  • How are you ensuring all staff – including the board – are sufficiently trained and competent in their health and safety responsibilities? See Health and safety training: A brief guide.
  • How confident are you that your workforce, particularly safety representatives, are consulted properly on health and safety matters, and that their concerns are reaching the appropriate level including, as necessary, the board? See Consulting and involving your workers.
  • What systems are in place to ensure your organisation's risks are assessed, and that sensible control measures are established and maintained? See Controlling the risks.


  • How well do you know what is happening on the ground, and what audits or assessments are undertaken to inform you about what your organisation and contractors actually do?
  • What information does the board receive regularly about health and safety, eg performance data and reports on injuries and work-related ill health? See Auditing and reporting.
  • Do you compare your performance with others in your sector or beyond?
  • Where changes in working arrangements have significant implications for health and safety, how are these brought to the attention of the board?


Institute of Directors Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland

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Updated 2023-04-24