Businesses of all sizes are facing increased scrutiny from investors, regulators, workers and customers over how they look after their people – and there is growing recognition that good safety and health is essential to building a successful and sustainable future.
Workplace injury and illness costs British businesses nearly £15 billion a year. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the global Chartered body for safety and health professionals, has developed a new Corporate Governance masterclass that provides business leaders with essential insights into how effective governance can improve OSH performance.
Developing key elements of exemplary governance in safety and health is particularly timely, as organisations embark on embedding the international standard on occupational safety and health management systems, ISO 45001, into their business.
Corporate Governance responds to this demand by exploring ways in which occupational safety and health can be effectively integrated into an organisation’s existing corporate governance arrangements.
The masterclass aims to equip board members and senior decision makers with the knowledge and skills to effectively examine safety and health within their organisation and understand how to evaluate strategic strengths and weaknesses in corporate OSH governance.
Jonathan Nobbs, Head of Product at IOSH, said: “With so many eyes on them, businesses must ensure that they prioritise the safety and health of their people. It isn’t just a matter of complying with regulation, either. Future-fit businesses go beyond legal compliance, and reap the rewards from higher productivity, profitability and customer and worker loyalty.
“Key to effective safety and health management is leadership from the top. Good governance of a business’s safety and health management system is an important dimension of business success.
“Our new masterclass is designed to demonstrate to senior decision-makers and business leaders their roles and responsibilities in relation to this, to equip them with the knowledge to embed safety and health right at the heart of their business.”
Corporate Governance is designed to:
- Equip board members and senior decision makers with the knowledge and skills to ask the right questions to effectively examine safety and health reports and papers;
- Understand how to evaluate strategic strengths and weaknesses in corporate OSH governance;
- Use principles of corporate governance to improve corporate OSH governance through an integrated approach
The new masterclass is the second addition to IOSH’s suite of training for senior leaders, adding to the existing Leading Safely course.
For more information visit the Corporate Governance web page.