By Dr Waddah S. Al Hashmi

Environment, health and safety (EHS) management has become increasingly important in the past 10 years, especially within high risk and high reliability organizations. EHS is driven from the top of an organization, and whilst there has been much research about EHS leadership, there is very little on EHS governance and the director’s role in leading or influencing change in organizational safety/EHS performance.

A significant aspect of risk governance is informed decision making by senior persons within an organization. What is challenging is balancing between the details of the risks which are posed in an environment of ever-increasing complexity. That is why truly you need to develop directors and executives to better understand risks and the relationship of those risks with one another.