Published 27-02-2020
| Article appears in February 2020 Issue

WORKPLACE MANSLAUGHTER: LEARNING FROM THE UK EXPERIENCE

25-02-2020

New workplace manslaughter laws coming into effect in Victoria on the 1st July 2020 will impact decisions made by organisational leaders now and into the future. What kinds of risks is your organisation now open to with this change in legislation, and how will you mitigate those risks?

Company directors, partnerships, and trustees may all be impacted by these incoming laws, which may result in jail terms of up to 20 years for individuals found responsible of negligent conduct that results in a workplace death. This can include situations where a person doesn’t take reasonable action to fix a dangerous situation, and the failure of that action creates a high risk of serious injury, illness, or death.

We can learn from the United Kingdom, where similar legislation was introduced 12 years ago in the form of the Corporate Manslaughter Act (2007). Join us on 27th and 28th May at the Workplace Health & Safety Show for a seminar presented by the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) focusing on the outcomes of the UK implementation and the key legal precedents that may guide the Australian experience.

The Workplace Health & Safety Show is the official trade show of the #Safetyscape convention. The show features a free programme of seminars, interactive forums, and roundtable discussions allowing you to meet health and safety delegates and suppliers from across the country. 2020 is the year to make sure your organisation has the technology, equipment, and policies in place to make sure everyone gets to leave work safe and healthy.

“Lessons we can learn from the British Corporate Manslaughter experience” will be presented by Ian Wallis, Senior Work Health and Safety Consultant with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) at the Workplace Health & Safety Show on 27th and 28th May 2020. Entry is free.

Marie Kinsella is CEO of International Exhibition and Conference Group.

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