Leadership skills course

27 July 2017

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation has launched a course to aid health, safety and environment practitioners communicate more effectively at board level within companies and help them engage the whole of businesses in health and safety issues.

The launch of the course comes at a time when the impact of new sentencing guidelines for health & safety offences are beginning to rapidly escalate. In 2016 19 companies received fines in excess of £1million (the largest being £5m). This compares to three in 2015 and none in 2014.

As well as helping match high levels of health & safety competence, the two-day course will provide practitioners with leadership and management skills. The aim is to give them the ability to effectively create, influence and clearly communicate health and safety strategy in a pragmatic and commercial way for maximum business impact.  

The course includes expertise on:

  • What are the characteristics of a commercially aware person and how does this relate to the role of a health, safety & environment practitioner?
  • Understanding the wider internal and external environment within which businesses operate including customers, market-dynamics, competitors, suppliers, financial drivers
  • Developing your business case for health, safety & environment investment and demonstrating the return on profits, growth, productivity
  • Identifying the impact health, safety & environment advice and recommendations may have on the bottom line

Commenting, Steve Jackson, health, safety & sustainability director at EEF, said: “As the impact of new sentencing guidelines begin to have a real impact, the price for failing to adhere to health, safety & environmental regulation is becoming an ever great business risk, not to mention ever more cost with senior individuals being held more to account.

“In today’s challenging business environment being an expert on health, safety & environment is not enough. If those professionals are going to engage at board level and with the wider workforce, then a much more rounded package of business skills and competencies is required.”