Safety code floats idea of board accountabilityOn 6 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Companyboard members are being urged to become more accountable for health and safety.Adraft code drawn up by the Health and Safety Commission is intended to helpdirectors ensure that workplace risks are properly managed and that staff andthe public are protected. PeterCarr, personnel services officer for Easington Council, in north-east England,welcomed the move. He said, “It will give health and safety issues ahigher profile. Our health and safety manager is part of the personneldepartment and reports directly to our chief executive.”HSCchair Bill Callaghan said, “Individual directors and managers can beprosecuted if their actions, or lack of them, lead to work-related deaths,illness or injury. The code seeks to ensure that everyone at board levelrecognises and acts on this responsibility.”Consultationends on 9 April.Directorsneed to…*Accept joint responsibility and leadership for their organisation’s health andsafety performance*Appoint one board member to champion health and safety issues.*Ensure that individual members of the board recognise their personalliabilities and responsibilities under health and safety law.