HSE investigates directors’ health and safety duties

The Health and Safety Executive has commissioned research into the health and safety responsibilities of company directors in nine countries. The aim of the research was to help the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) advise the UK government on changes to the law to impose responsibilities on directors.

Seven of the nine countries investigated placed positive safety obligations on either directors or managers of senior companies. Canada and Australia were identified as the two jurisdictions of most interest to the HSC, as they already have legislation in place similar to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

 




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