Health and safety consultants in the UK should be nationally accredited, tighter controls should be imposed on “no win-no fee” lawyers seeking compensation on behalf of clients from employers and there should be a clampdown on “absurd” applications of health and safety legislation.
The NSW Government will not sign up to the model Work Health and Safety Act unless it allows unions to retain the right to prosecute employers for work safety breaches and that the onus of proof remains on employers to show they exercised due care, according to NSW Premier, Kristina Keneally.
While a number of Australian organisations are genuine about creating high standards of safety and preventing loss and harm, this is not always reflective in the overall company strategy and in employees’ behavior, according to OHS&E risk management specialist, Kevin Berry.
Safety professionals and CFOs need to speak the same language
Safety professionals need a broader depth of education and experience in order to affect positive workplace change and influence senior executives, according to a global insurance and risk advisory firm.
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