31 March 2008
HR professionals 'will have to think harder' with new corporate manslaughter laws
HR professionals in the UK will have to think more carefully about the systems they put in place in light of the imminent corporate manslaughter legislation due to come into force next month, an expert has advised.
Speaking to PersonnelToday.com, Ray Hurst, president of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), stated that, as a result of the new law, "there will be a much higher" chance of prosecution.
He commented: "The investigators will be looking in great depth for system failures that make the organisation liable for corporate manslaughter. There will be a lot of digging around."
Mr Hurst also said that the alteration in the law - which will mean that prosecutors no longer have to prove that an individual acted as a directing mind - will give the crown prosecution service a much greater chance of finding firms guilty.
Founded in 1945, the IOSH is a body for health and safety professionals and currently has more than 32,000 members across the world.