WorkSafe pursuing ‘upstream’ influencers

Health and Safety, Employment Law / 22 March 2023
WorkSafe pursuing ‘upstream’ influencers

WorkSafe has announced it intends to pursue ‘upstream’ influencers of health and safety practices. “Influencers” includes Chief Executive Officers, Directors, health and safety consultants and organisations in the wider supply chain.

WorkSafe has emphasised that this pursuit of ‘upstream influencers’ should not be taken lightly, as highlighted by recent action against consultancy firm, Safe Business Solutions Limited, which has recently pleaded not guilty to charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

This is in addition to its new focus on ‘how work is done’ which you can read about here.

With WorkSafe continually widening its scope, it is vital that those at risk of prosecution, understand their legal responsibilities, obligations and have procedures and policies in place to eliminate or minimise the risk.

WorkSafe’s widening focus highlights the importance of ensuring all Officers, senior staff and management are aware of their own and the organisation’s health and safety obligations.

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