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IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors Course Syllabus

IOSH logo websiteIOSH Safety for Executives and Directors helps learners plan their company's strategic objectives for health and safety risk management. 

The course provides an understanding of the moral, legal and business case for proactive risk management and its integration into integrated business management systems.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the legal, moral and financial role of operational directors, owners of small businesses and senior executives.
  • Integrate top-level safety management into wider business objectives to help minimise risk, reduce losses and make better use of time and resources.
  • Develop and implement a health and safety policy
  • Recognise the benefits of good safety and health management systems.
  • Appreciate the positive impact and improvement that a company leader can have on its performance through their attitude and support for improving its safety culture.
  • Monitor and review performance for continued improvement in health and safety.

Course Syllabus

Module 1 – The moral, legal and financial case

  • The moral, financial and reputational drivers of health and safety
  • Legal requirements including the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 and the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007
  • The costs of failure to the business and its reputation

Module 2 – Plan

  • Legal requirements of a health and safey policy
  • Key elements of an effective health and safety policy and when it should be updated
  • Directors reponsibilities and resourcing

Module 3 – Do 

  • Identifying and managing organisational risks
  • Emergency planning and the consequence of any emergencies that has been assessed
  • Consultation and worker engagement
  • The effect of communication by top management
  • The importance of providing high-quality training, and benefits of accessing and following professional advice
  • Developing standards for procuring goods and services to minimise risks
  • Managing contractors

Module 4 – Check 

  • Methods of auditing and monitoring
  • Proactive and reactive data
  • Where to obtain information on external changes that may have an impact on the organisation

Module 5 – Act

  • Reviewing the effectiveness of a policy, identifying any shortcomings and addressing weaknesses
  • How to implement strong and visible leadership, and active commitment from top management
  • Organisational commitment to good corporate social responsibility
  • The requirements for good corporate governance and annual reporting
  • The importance of continuous improvement in line with organisational priorities

Course assessment

Learners must complete a personal commitment (action plan) which states 3 actions they commit to taking. Each action must be relevent to the content studied during the course, and should be designed to enhance their individual performance and the performance of their organisation. 

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