The role company directors (or trustees) play in health and safety is often unknown by those in these roles. With the traditional focus being on making sure the business has policies, procedures and a health and safety manual in place, many directors are puzzled when asked what their understanding of the ‘Officers’ requirements are with regard to health and safety. With recent changes in NZ, legislation there is a set of six key criteria which are designed to ensure those sitting around the board table know what they need to know, and what they need to do.
All directors or trustees (including the CEO or MD) must develop and maintain knowledge of the health and safety matters in the organisation they are a director of on an ongoing basis.
“Director Knowledge” (as Safe365 refer to this area as) is important because every director has due diligence requirements under the legislation which outlines they must each take reasonable steps to:
Directors who are deemed by authorities to have breached these requirements face personal liability including fines and prison.
So you know what you need to do…but how can you do it with the limited time and resources directors have? Our advice… keep it simple and pragmatic!
A few of the simple solutions to build director knowledge relative to the legislative requirements include:
Safe365 has a specific ‘director knowledge’ module that provides specific support to directors and trustees so that all requirements can be met and the business enhances its health and safety capability over time quickly and efficiently.