Secret Santa, mince pies and after work drinks – Christmas has arrived! And yet for some, getting involved in workplace festivities is as unwelcome as the monthly credit card bill. Generally speaking however, employee participation in communal activities can help form the bedrock of positive working relations and help a business thrive. So perhaps putting in the extra effort to attend the staff ‘Christmas Party’ might be worthwhile!
Unlike Christmas however, active participation in workplace safety isn’t a choice but a responsibility. For individuals in director or senior management roles especially, safety falls within their remit, and the law will therefore hold them accountable for any failings within their business.
This is where the Director Involvement course comes in – designed to help senior managers understand their roles and responsibilities when it comes to the implementation of health and safety strategies. To help shine some light on this, we’ve outlined what it’s all about and why this occupational safety course is good for business:
This one-day course is designed for directors, governors, trustees, officers and their equivalents in the private, public and voluntary sector who wish to gain a clear understanding of a director’s responsibilities for health and safety.
The course offers practical advice on driving forward health and safety strategy as well as enabling a director to deliver, monitor and review health and safety issues. This not only builds stakeholder confidence but employee confidence too, allowing for a greater assurance in the business’ health and safety practices.
If an organisation fails to meet its health and safety obligations however, the maximum penalty is an unlimited fine and the court can additionally make a publicity order, requiring the organisation to publish the details of the conviction and fine, causing a permanent dent in its reputation. So getting compliant will not only improve your business’ health and safety but help you avoid some costly mistakes.
It’s also important for organisations to protect their profits and reputation by ensuring they comply with current health and safety legislation. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 which came into force in spring 2008 clarifies the criminal liabilities of companies including large organisations where serious failures in the management of health and safety result in a fatality. Legal compliance is therefore an important component for any business not looking to end-up with a serious law-suit on their hands.
More and more organisations are now using an in-house approach to deliver training to their colleagues, allowing a course to fit around the demands of their business and are flexible in terms of where and when delegates choose to train. This ultimately increases efficiency and reduces time away from the office.
RoSPA can also deliver the Director’s Involvement course in-house, tailoring it to your business’ specific requirements and even carry out a training needs analysis to map out exactly what training staff need at all levels of the business.
So, if your festive spirit’s in full swing and you’re interested in learning more about our Director Involvement course, contact us on +44 (0)121 248 2233, email or view further information on our website.