Board (non-executive directors)
Effective health and safety performance comes from the top; members of the board have both collective and individual responsibility for health and safety.
The purpose of Non-Executive Directors with regards to Health & Safety is to ensure good corporate governance. Both executive and non-executive directors owe the same duties to the company, even though the non-executive directors are far less involved in the running of company’s operations.
Non-executive directors will not have the day-to-day knowledge of the company’s business and will not see all the information available to management, which is why they must have the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience to know how to effectively challenge the executive directors and offer independent judgment.
Eyton Solutions have advised, coached, and developed many Non-Executive Directors in a variety of industries both in the UK and abroad, on how to ensure good corporate governance and how to get the right assurances.
To often NED’s rely on the information offered by the Exec and Management teams, or on non-expert external audits which are not suitable or sufficient leading to false assurances around the H&S performance of the organisation. In our experience the majority of these false assurances come to light when it is too late.
We can help NED’s in many ways whether it be through their own personal development by offering coaching and utilising IOSH Corporate Governance training sessions. Or we can assist the board through expert critical friend audits to help measure both performance and culture. We can run policy sessions, undertake risk audit profiling, give temperature checks, develop H&S board reporting requirements, and also act as coaches to build strong transformational leaders and ensure good corporate governance.
Monitoring and reporting are vital
parts of a health and safety culture.
Introduce management systems and
practices that ensure risks are dealt with.
A formal boardroom review of
health and safety performance.
The board should set the direction for
effective health and safety management.