Printer Friendly

Employer's duty to ensure safety.

An act to amend the Criminal Code places the onus on business leaders to ensure employee health and safety, or face charges of criminal negligence.

Bill C-45 defines who is responsible for the safety of persons in the workplace and allows for prosecution under the charges of "criminal negligence" when those responsibilities are recklessly or willfully disregarded. The act received Royal Assent Nov 7, 2003.

The amendment notes that "everyone who undertakes, or has the authority, to direct how another person does work or performs a task is under a legal duty to take reasonable steps to prevent bodily harm to that person or any other person arising from that work or task."

The maximum sentence for a person convicted of criminal negligence causing death is life imprisonment.

According to Occupational Safety Group, these responsibilities must be taken seriously. A review of existing policies, procedures, training requirements and budgets, along with employee dedication to safe practices are needed, says the Occupational Safety Group.
COPYRIGHT 2004 Laurentian Business Publishing, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2004, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Business Law
Publication:Northern Ontario Business
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1CONT
Date:Jan 1, 2004
Previous Article:Client privacy issues at the forefront.
Next Article:Employment contracts vital.

Related Articles
Parental leave for men could be legislated.
What is your OSHA IQ?
The OSHA Ergonomics Standard: Status Report.
Intentional disregard: remedies for the toxic workplace.
Colorado says OSHA violations admissible in lawsuit.
Ouch! Don't let workers' comp costs squeeze your bottom line.
House passes four bills focusing on OSHA reform.
Use OSHA investigations to your advantage: if your client was injured in a construction accident, OSHA investigations can help you build your case -...

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters