CITB Directors Role for Health and Safety


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This one-day interactive course has been recently updated to ensure that course materials include recent examples and to ensure the course work is relevant to current work environments.

This course is aimed at Company Directors and Senior Managers who undertake roles and responsibilities in their organisations that include strategic health and safety roles in the built environment, from any organisational size in construction, civil engineering, or allied trades and therefore this should be considered before enrolling delegates on this course.

CITB recommend that all learners complete the eLearning prior to attendance of this course, since the eLearning course provides the foundation of information that will be expanded on in the course. However, no evidence of completion is required by CITB prior to the course.

The interactive e-learning course takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete, but delegates don’t have to do it all at once. Delegates can close the eLearning at any time and, on their return, pick up where they left off. Progress will be saved automatically. We recommend that delegates sit the course in 30-minutes chunks. Delegates can access the eLearning course through this link:

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Course Information

Course Overview

The training day will provide a summary of how to promote a positive organisational culture for health and safety. Workshop exercises throughout the day will give delegates the opportunity to discuss their thoughts about health, safety, and wellbeing and their responsibilities in an open forum.

Later in the day delegates will be involved in preparing an action plan for use when they return to your workplace. This will include a checklist that they can use when you return to their organisation to either review their current systems and develop and ensure compliance going forwards.

The course will also take into account the human, financial, legislative and non-legislative aspects of these roles too, as the health, safety and wellbeing responsibilities will also encompass other skills and behaviours to be able to cover the range of issues and aspects included within this one- day course. A Director or Senior Manager will also need to embrace how they become better advocates, influencers and supporters with respect to their health safety and wellbeing systems.

They also need to address how this impacts, on other staff and people working on their sites, to ensure that a positive health and safety culture is both developed and maintained.

Senior staff also have a direct impact on the moral, economic and behaviours of day- to-day business working. Alongside this they also need to understand and appreciate the potential legal implications to the business including the consequences of failing to recognise these and the serious implications on both people and the business that this can have. 

By the end of the day, delegates should be able to:

  • Recognise the moral, economic, and legal costs and implications of decisions made in the boardroom that make their business liable.
  • Understand the importance of strategic management of risk(s)
  • Appreciate the consequences of failing to manage health, safety and wellbeing effectively
  • Understand the importance of competent duty holders cooperating, communicating and coordinating health and safety throughout the whole project.
  • Recognise the need to appoint competent health and safety assistance and the importance of supporting this role and to understand the limitations of such an appointment
  • Identify the basic tools for introducing and developing a pro-active health and safety culture throughout the organisation. Including the role and responsibilities associated, with respect to the delegate’s position within the organisation

Delegates will receive a CITB Certificate upon successful completion of the course.


Course Content

This course will cover the following topic areas:

  •  Aims and objectives – moral, economic and legal cost implications of making decisions
  • The Health and Safety Strategy Influences – Policies, Planning, Procedures and Systems and the Management of Risk(s)
  • Getting It Right – consequences of failed health and safety and more importantly how to plan for success, what does good look like?
  • Plan, Do, Check, Act – How to use this system efficiently and effectively for your organisation
  • Plan, Deliver, Monitor and Review CDM Duty Holders roles and responsibilities – the importance of competent duty holders, along with the associated co-operation, communication and co-ordination in all aspects of health and safety on projects.
  • People Working Safely – appointment of competent heath, safety and wellbeing support, guidance and assistance and your roles and responsibilities to support this role(s)
  • Safety Leadership Action Plan – basic tools to introduce a proactive health and safety culture into your organization

The e-learning course is to ensure that every delegate has an agreed level of health and safety understanding prior to the course, that includes: 

  • Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
  • Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969
  • Construction (Design Management Regulations) (CDM) 2015
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

All training is conducted at our John Ryder Training Centre in Chertsey. Centre opening hours are 8am to 5.30pm, but this course commences at 9am and will finish at approx 5pm, unless otherwise stated in the joining instructions you receive.

Refreshments are included on all courses, but NO LUNCH is currently provided, but there are lots of lunch options within walking distance of the centre.

Please ensure you have read the joining instructions before arriving at our training centre. 

If you are travelling by road, Chertsey is served by both the M3 and M25. No parking is permitted on the grounds of the Centre, but there is sufficient free parking in and around Chertsey, all within walking distance.

For those using public transport, Chertsey is served by a good service from Waterloo, changing at Staines, Weybridge or Virginia Water for the Chertsey line. The station is approximately ten minutes walk from the Centre. 

If you are attending a two day course and require overnight accommodation, a local hotel list is available upon request.

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18 July 2024, 12 November 2024