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CITB Directors Role for Health and Safety

Duration: 1 day


Construction site safety - The comprehensive guide, A: Legal and management (GE700As)

Maximum Delegates: 12

Minimum Delegates: 4


The Directors' Role for Health and Safety (DRHS) is a one-day interactive course that 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 thier responsibilties in an open forum.

The DRHS course is endorsed by Build UK as the standard training for all senior managers and company directors.


The course aims to help directors to:

  • recognise the moral, economic and legal costs and 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.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Leadership and worker engagement

  2. Health and safety law

  3. Plan, Do, Check, Act

  4. Plan, Do, Check, Act

  5. Plan, Do, Check, Act

  6. Plan, Do, Check, Act


Successful completion of the course requires delegates to:

  • Complete all three mandatory course exercises

  • Complete a personal review

  • Pass the trainer review and

  • Pass the two-part exam paper

Trainer review:

The trainer review provides a pass or fail based on the delegate's completed personal review and observations of the delegate's performance in the course exercises and engagement in the course overall.

Exam paper:

The paper is in two parts, selected by CITB, which cover all aspects of the course:

  • Part A: ten general questions based on the course

  • Part B: ten questions associated with a case study.

Questions in each part will be one of three formats:

  • Multiple choice questions worth 1 mark

  • Multiple response questions worth 2 marks

  • Short written answers worth 1 to 3 marks.

The examination pass mark is 80% (24 out of 30).

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