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Director's Role for Health and Safety (DRHS)

This one-day interactive course has been designed for company directors and senior managers active in a health and safety strategic role in the built environment with the aim of recognising directors’ duties of care and the implications of non-compliance with health and safety legislation.


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

The course aims to help directors to:

  • recognise the moral, economic and legal costs/implications of decisions made in the boardroom that may make their business liable
  • understand the significance of strategic management of risks
  • appreciate the range of consequences from failing to manage health and safety effectively
  • understand the importance of competent duty holders, and the significance of their cooperation, communication and coordination of health and safety on projects
  • recognise the need to appoint competent health and safety assistance, and the limitations of such an appointment, and
  • identify the basic tools to introduce a proactive health and safety culture into an organisation, and the benefits of this approach.

Entry requirements

This course has been developed for directors and senior managers active in a health and safety strategic role 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 to this course.

Examples of relevant roles (not exhaustive) are:

  • Financial/Operations director
  • Senior quantity surveyor (QS)
  • Private QS
  • Principal designer
  • Senior/principal engineer
  • Company secretary
  • Contracts manager
  • Senior project manager
  • Non-executive director


Delegates must be able to demonstrate the following:

1) Either previously completed a CITB Director’s Role for Health and Safety course


working knowledge of the following health and safety legislation with the anticipation that course content and the end of course assessment will require delegates to consider these legislations in context with a director’s role and responsibility:

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

2) And Completion of the pre-course eLearning. Successful completion of this component generates a digital certificate, a copy of which must be sent to the Approved Training Organisation (ATO) at least 24 hours before the commencement of the main course and may be subject to audit. The ATO must ensure copies of certificates are retained for audit purposes and that the course results form is updated accordingly.


Certification for this course is valid for 5 years. To remain certified in this area, you will need to retake the course before the expiry date.

Find out more about becoming approved to deliver this course.

Further information about this course is available in the Scheme Rules.

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