04 March 2008
IOSH comments on implications of impending corporate manslaughter laws
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has spoken out about the implications of the new corporate manslaughter legislation, which is due to come into effect next month.
It stated that the possible sanctions for firms include substantial fines, court-ordered publicity, far-reaching improvement orders and, in the worst case scenarios, suspension of all or part of the board of directors.
In instances such as this, alternate governance arrangements will be needed "to ensure the safe operation of the organisation", IOSH said.
President of the IOSH Ray Hurst commented: "Poor practices and behaviour patterns may have developed over several years and long-term commitment is required to bring about a reversal in this."
Recently, Norwich Union Risk Services warned that, in light of the imminent changes to the law, senior managers and company directors who have a responsibility for health and safety should ensure they are suitably qualified.