The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has launched a public consultation this week on its draft code on the health and safety (H&S) responsibilities of public sector directors and board members.
The need to develop a code for directors was first broached as part of the government's Revitalising Health and Safety strategy in June 2000.
The consultation period on the draft code will finish on March 9.
The draft code includes points such as:
HSC chair Bill Callaghan said boards and directors should see their H&S responsibilities as a core business requirement, not an inconvenient add-on.
“Individual directors and managers can be prosecuted if their actions, or lack of them, lead to work-related deaths, illness or injury,” he said. “The code seeks to ensure that everyone at board level recognises and acts on this responsibility.”