Everything You Need to Know about the Director's Role Health and Safety Course

July 22, 2022

Who is this course for?

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

Why do I need this?

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.

Where is this course held?

This course can be held in a classroom or remotely over Zoom. They are both in a live classroom. 

How long does the DRHS course take to complete?

The course is held in a day (7.5 hours)

Will I be issued with a certificate upon successful DRHS completion?

Yes. On successful completion, the learner will receive an accredited digital CITB certificate. A proof of pass can be immediately provided if required though.

How long is the DRHS certificate valid for?

The certificate is valid for 5 years. There is no refresher so you’re just required to retake the course.

Are there any entry requirements for DRHS?

There is a pre-requisite that the course requires to be done 24 hours before the course this can be found by following the link below and making an account through the CITB, this is a free pre-requisite for the course.

Pre-course e-learning

Is there CITB levy completion grant attached to this course?

Yes! There is a £30 grant attached to this course. As an ATO, we’d automatically claim this on your behalf.

Is there a progression for this course?

L7 Senior Management qualification (Black Senior Manager CSCS card)

What is the L7 NVQ

Comparable with a Postgraduate degree (PGDip) in Construction Management, the L7 NVQ provides the opportunity for senior professionals within the sector to boost their careers by becoming a Chartered Member (MCIOB) of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and also achieve the Black Senior Managers CSCS card.

Please watch this video on what it means to become MCIOB! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08tvkpJGz-c

How is this NVQ delivered?

The L7 NVQ is completed by demonstrating your performance by providing documentary evidence of you carrying out the role of a senior manager. You will be allocated an assessor who will help build your portfolio, giving you help and guidance throughout your assessment. 

Is there a CITB levy completion grant attached to this course?

Yes! There is a £600 grant attached to this NVQ. As an ATO, we’d automatically claim this on your behalf.

Why choose Workforce Skills Support 

We are proud of our successful achievement/pass rates for Directors Roles for Health and Safety (DRHS) and the NVQ Level 7 in Senior Construction Senior Management, in which you can gain Chartered Institute of Builder (CIOB) accreditation upon successful completion, our achievement rates are:

2021 – 2022 – NVQ Level 7 Construction Senior Management – 100% achievement

2021 – DRHS – 99% Pass Rate

2022 – DRHS – 96% Pass Rate

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