Get Out Of Jail Free

February 2010 was certainly a significant month in the world of health and safety after Cotswold Geotechnical were fined £385,000 for corporate manslaughter – despite the fact that the MD only had four employees and is suffering from cancer – for more information on this case, click on my link –

The enormity of the fine sends clear message to businesses – manage your safety at a senior level or else! There are already two other cases in the firing line for corporate manslaughter

 Can you demonstrate that health and safety is top of your agenda? This list is designed to check your status as a leader on health and safety.

  • How do you demonstrate the board’s commitment to health and safety?
  • What do you do to ensure appropriate board level review of health and safety?
  • What have you done to ensure your organisation, at all levels including the board, receives competent health and safety advice?
  • How are you ensuring all staff – including the board – are sufficiently trained and competent in their health and safety responsibilities?
  • 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?
  • What systems are in place to ensure your organisation’s risks are assessed, and that sensible control measures are established and maintained?
  • 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, e.g. performance data and reports on injuries and work related ill health?
  • What targets have you set to improve health and safety and do you benchmark your performance against 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?

If any of these statements concern you, then your organisation might be vulnerable to corporate manslaughter. Redress this now!!!!! We have a one day Directing Safely course to be held in Doncaster on Thursday, 24 March. It’s a hard-hitting course designed to make you rethink your attitude toward health and safety; but it will go a long way to demonstrate your commitment to your health and safety performance.

The cost is only £175 plus VAT – Don’t delay – book today!!

Course Outline

The IOSH Directing Safely is a course intended for people with strategic responsibility for determining and implementing effective health and safety management within an organisation. The course aims to ensure that people at the most senior levels appreciate health and safety and the course reflects the principles embodied in:

  • The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 is a landmark in law; for the first time, organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care. The Act, clarifies the criminal liabilities of companies where serious failures in the management of health and safety result in a fatality.
  • The Health and Safety Executive’s guidance. ‘Successful Health and Safety Management’ (HSG65),
  • The Turnbull report (‘Internal controls: Guidance for Directors on the Combined Code’)
  • Institute of Directors and HSC ‘Leadership Actions for Directors and Board Members’ (INDG417)

An IOSH Directing Safely Certificate is awarded to all those who attend the course and successfully complete the written and practical assessments. Understanding of the course material is evaluated by means of a 15-minute written assessment paper consisting of 10 multi-choice questions and a project designed to test the delegate’s knowledge of acceptable records/documentary evidence required to support an organisation’s defence in litigation

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