General Statement of Intent
This policy statement details the responsibilities of the company board of directors. It is recognised that the board of directors needs to take responsibility for health and safety within the organisation.
The board of directors is committed to health and safety, will provide leadership and will ensure that health and safety is taken into account when business decisions are taken.
Directors will be responsible for safety measures at directorate level for matters for which they have control. Directors will assume the employer’s responsibility for compliance with the organisation’s health and safety policy, relevant legislation and Approved Codes of Practice and guidance. The board will:
- accept its collective role in providing health and safety leadership within the organisation formally and in public
- ensure that individual members of the board accept their role in providing health and safety leadership
- ensure that health and safety intentions are reflected in board decisions
- ensure the active participation of employees in improving health and safety
- ensure that it is informed of and alerted to health and safety risk management issues
- promote an interest in and enthusiasm for health and safety matters throughout the organisation
- set a high personal example of health and safety standards.
Health and Safety Policy
The company chairman and the board of directors will:
- administer and interpret the effective implementation of the organisation’s health and safety policy
- ensure that health and safety policy statements reflect current board priorities
- cause the organisation’s health and safety policy to be translated into effective action at all levels
- make available adequate resources and financial provision for putting the health and safety policy into effect
- ensure that the health and safety policy is signed by the chairman and board of directors.
Health and Safety Arrangements
The company chairman and board of directors, to ensure the effective application of health and safety within the organisation, will:
- ensure that they have an understanding of the application of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 and other legislation relevant to the organisation’s business
- review the organisation’s health and safety performance regularly
- ensure that management systems provide effective monitoring and reporting procedures
- be kept informed about significant health and safety failures and of the outcome of the investigations into their causes
- ensure that implications in respect of health and safety are addressed in all business decisions
- ensure that risk management systems for health and safety are in place and effective
- discipline any member of staff failing to comply with the requirements of the organisation’s health and safety policy
- liaise with the person(s) appointed for health and safety over the full range of their individual responsibilities
- arrange for a senior director to chair the committee on safety
- ensure that staff are fully involved in health and safety
- ensure that managers and staff are given adequate training in health and safety matters to competently discharge their responsibilities.
Director last revied: 26/01/2020 Next review date: 25 January 2021