Board Training – Leading Health & Safety (Scotland)

Course Overview

Our board training sessions have been designed with social landlords in mind. This session is specifically designed for board and management committee members in Scotland and provides an introduction to general health and safety and a more in-depth look at the requirements for tenant and resident safety.

The second part of the training focuses on the more specific ‘leading health and safety’ requirements that boards should be familiar with, including following the HSE’s guide and applying it to the social housing sector with the Plan Do Check Act approach.

We take consideration of Regulator requirements with regards to resident safety and provide some key pointers for boards to consider around governance and the ‘three lines of defence’ approach to assurance of compliance.

Delivered by an experienced board member and audit, finance & risk committee vice chair, you can be sure that our training in this subject hits the right note.

This training works well being delivered in 2 x sessions:

Session 1 – Health & safety requirements, including employee and resident safety, regulations relevant to our sector and the importance of managing contractors.

Session 2 – Governance and leading health and safety , the three lines of defence approach and gaining assurance of compliance and when leadership falls short (real examples).

What’s Covered?

Our training provides an overview to health and safety legislation, particularly relevant to the sector as well setting out the key responsibilities for boards and some key points relating to governance and gaining assurance.

The main topics include:

  • General introduction to health and safety, the law and responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974
  • Regulations relevant to our sector
  • The two key elements of health & safety in social housing:
    • Corporate health & safety
    • Resident health & safety
  • Resident safety – responsibilities held by the landlord to ensure the safety of tenants including the ‘big 6’ resident safety considerations
  • The importance of managing contractors
  • Governance & resident safety – what does the SHR expect?
  • Essential principles of leading health & safety at work
    • Plan, Do, Check, Act
  • Challenging to gain assurance and the 3 lines of defence model
  • When leadership falls short, and lessons learned.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be introduced to the health and safety basics and legal requirements for subjects relevant to the social housing sector; this includes health and safety for employees and in the wider context of resident safety, including the ‘big 6’ areas of:

  • Gas
  • Electrical
  • Asbestos
  • Fire
  • Legionella
  • Lifts.

In addition, attendees will understand the ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ approach in a social housing setting, supporting understanding of the ‘three lines of defence’ approach and challenging to gain assurance.


This course can be delivered in the following ways: