Board Training – Leading Health & Safety

Course Overview

Our board training sessions have been designed with social landlords in mind (England, Scotland and Wales) and can be specifically tailored to meet the needs of individual organisations.

We cover a wide range of information including the health and safety basics which are relevant to the sector as well as the more specific ‘leading health and safety’ requirements that boards should be familiar with.

We take consideration of Regulator requirements with regards to resident safety and provide some key pointers for boards to consider around 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.

What’s Covered?

  • General introduction to health and safety, the law and general responsibilities.
  • The two key elements of health & safety in social housing:
    • Corporate health and safety
    • Resident / landlord health and safety
  • Essential principals of leading health & safety – Strong and active leadership from the top:
    • Visible, active commitment from the board;
    • Establishing effective ‘downward’ communication systems and management structures;
    • Integration of good health and safety management with business decision
  • Leading H&S – The ‘Plan Do Check Act’ approach
  • Three lines of defence approach
  • Challenging to gain assurance
  • Legal liability of individual board members for health and safety failures
  • When leadership falls short – real examples.


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: