P & I’s directors continue to put health and safety at the forefront of the business

Last month, our directors took part in a short course about Safety for Executives and Directors with training provider, PETA.

Many people aim to work their way up the career ladder to director level but it’s not a role that should be taken on lightly and comes with its risks. As a company director, there are many pieces of legislation that they must abide by, for example, the Companies Act 2006, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, to name but a few.

This duty is something that P & I’s leadership team do not take lightly and are always actively ensuring that they are up to date with all legislation and any legal updates. So last month, our leadership team undertook a short course for senior level management who have the responsibility for setting strategy and leading safety in business and we are pleased to say, everyone passed!

This particular course is approved and validated by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and gave our directors an in-depth look into their roles as directors. The course also covered financial implications of accidents and ill-health, UK legislation, legal cases and their outcomes, including prosecutions and punishments and finally, health and safety systems that can be implemented into the business to reduce risk.

Speaking of the course, operations director, Alan Blair, said:

“This course provided a real insight into what more we need to achieve as a business. Following our completion of the course, 12 line managers and senior engineers will undergo PETA’s IOSH Managing Safely four-day course in the New Year. We will then roll out PETA’s IOSH Working Safely across the rest of the workforce.”

Leonie Bishop, finance director, added:

“Courses like these are invaluable. It gives the leadership team the opportunity to step away from the office and the general day to day distractions, to focus on really important topics like this. As directors, we have a huge responsibility for many stakeholders so it is crucial that we keep ourselves up to date on the latest information and tools to assist us in our strategy making.”

As part of the leadership team’s continued commitment to health and safety in the workplace, we have recently set up a Health & Safety Committee. The committee is facilitated by operations director, Alan Blair and has three dedicated staff representatives who are committed to improving health and safety throughout the business. Staff members are encouraged to approach representatives with concerns, improvements and ideas that can be taken to committee meetings and discussed. To added to this, Alan is also about to start his journey towards his NEBOSH accreditation.

Ashley Benfield, managing director of P & I, commented:

“P & I believe in a positive culture where health and safety is at the forefront of every business decision. As a business, we are always striving to do the very best for the company, our staff and members of the public, and we can only do this by making sure we are keeping abreast of our duties as directors. The course provided valuable knowledge and gave us the tools for setting a better strategy.”