Employer responsibilities include informing the health and safety representative or joint health and safety committee of any work-related accidents involving injury, death or occupational illness, and providing the health and safety representative or joint health and safety committee with the results of any reports relating to health and safety in the workplace.
It is the role of the director to run the business, to interact with the business community and in essence, to seek to make a profit, which is then either reinvested into the business. The law imposes a number of different duties on directors. These are contained in a mixture of common law duties that have evolved over many years of case law e.g. not to prefer the directors own interests over those of the company and shareholders as well as now a number of statutory duties that have been codified in the Companies Act 2006.
Directors of all types of organisations in both the private and public sectors, have responsibilities for ensuring that health and safety risks arising from their organisations activities are properly managed.
Effective directors input of health and safety risks will help: * maximise the well-being and productivity of all people working for an organisation * stop people getting injured, ill or killed through work activities * Improve the organisation’s reputation in the eyes of customers, competitors, suppliers, other stakeholders and the wider community.
As an employer you must comply with certain legal responsibilities.
Strong and active health and safety leadership is important for three main reasons: * protecting the health and safety of employees or members of the public who may be affected by your business' activities * identifying health and safety as a key business risk * complying with health and safety legislation duties
Under the law employers are responsible for health and safety management. It is an employer's duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their business. Employers must do whatever is reasonably practicable to achieve this. Employers must consult employees on health and safety issues. Consultation must be either direct or through a safety representative that is either elected by the workforce or appointed by a trade union. Employers have duties