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Guidelines for company directors on their health and safety responsibilities

18 March 2016

The purpose of the document is to provide a framework for how directors can lead, plan, review and improve health and safety. It is an essential resource for directors, providing information on director responsibilities, the role of directors in health and safety, diagnostic questions and actions for directors as well as case studies and a checklist. These will assist directors to identify whether their health and safety systems are effective at minimising risk.

The guide has been updated to cover some of the key concepts in the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 that are particularly relevant to directors – officers due diligence duty, officers liability and worker engagement and participation requirements. The guidance was reviewed in 2016 by WorkSafe and Institute of Directors.

Good Governance Practices Guideline for Managing Health and Safety Risks [749 KB PDF]

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