Occupational health and safety issues and the boardroom: criminal penalties for directors for company's lack of safety

Harpur, Paul (2008) Occupational health and safety issues and the boardroom: criminal penalties for directors for company's lack of safety. Corporate Governance eJournal, .

Author Harpur, Paul
Title Occupational health and safety issues and the boardroom: criminal penalties for directors for company's lack of safety
Journal name Corporate Governance eJournal
ISSN 1836-1110
Publication date 2008-01-24
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status
Total pages 6
Place of publication Gold Coast, Australia
Publisher Bond University, Faculty of Law
Language eng
Abstract The board of directors provides overall strategic direction for the company. Generally directors are not required to become involved in the day-to-day management of corporations. With the recent amendments to occupational health and safety (“OHS”) laws, directors’ duties have been expanded. Directors now have statutory duties to ensure their companies do not breach OHS standards. If their companies fail to discharge their OHS duties, then directors can face fines. If a person is killed because of their company’s safety breach, then directors can face jail sentences up to 20 years. The imposition of these substantial penalties upon directors is aimed at increasing corporate compliance with OHS standards. This article outlines the extent of directors’ liabilities. Whether the policy of holding directors liable for OHS duties results in safer workplaces remains to be seen.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: TC Beirne School of Law Publications
 
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