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Are Directors, Partners, Business Managers or Line Managers
Directors, Partners, Business Managers and Line-Managers may find themselves responsible for accidents and injuries, even if they do not own the business. This is in part because every employee has a legal responsibility to work safely and not to endanger the health and safety of other employees or those likely to be affected by the work.
It is therefor the responsibility of each individual to participate fully in health and safety issues and to bring any health and safety concerns to their employers' attention. If they do not, they run the risk of being personally responsible if things go wrong.
Enforcing authorities should identify and prosecute or recommend prosecution of individuals if they consider that a prosecution is warranted. In particular, they should consider the management chain and the role played by individual directors and managers, and should take action against them where the inspection or investigation reveals that the offence was committed with their consent or connivance or to have been attributable to neglect on their part and where it would be appropriate to do so in accordance with this policy. Where appropriate, enforcing authorities should seek disqualification of directors under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.”
If you are a manager, you therefore need to work with the owners of the business to ensure that the business has the proper health and safety culture and is actively creating and maintaining a safe, healthy working environment.
It is also possible that managers will be held to be “responsible persons” under the new Fire Safety Order 2005 currently in force and under the Reporting of Accident Regulations (RIDDOR)
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Managers and line-managers
Managers and line managers
Employees have duties
Employees must take
The HSE will prosecute
The HSE publish the names
The courts will impose