19 March 2008
Firms 'should take action' before implementation of new corporate manslaughter laws
Companies should revisit their health and safety procedures to ensure there are no gaps prior to the implementation of the new Corporate Manslaughter Act next month, an expert has advised.
The new legislation will mean that companies face possible sanctions of fines, court-ordered publicity, far-reaching improvement orders and, in the worst case scenarios, suspension of all or part of the board of directors.
Businesses operating in all sectors will be covered by the act.
Mark France, a senior health and safety adviser at National Britannia, stated that organisations should be analysing their safety plans, PersonnelToday.com reports.
He said firms should ask themselves the following questions: "Are the right structures in place? Is everyone, especially senior managers, competent in this area and aware of their responsibilities? Are senior managers ensuring that line managers and their teams are equipped with the right resources and knowledge?"