The major change in corporate and directorial responsibility in recent years has been on the issue of health and safety legislation.
Fundamentally, these codes require that all types of organizations accept and ensure that all health and safety risks are properly managed and are in line with current legislation. This is a responsibility of all directors and key managers and affects not only staff, but also anyone else who may be onsite or involved in your company's activities (such as customers). Key areas to consider are maximizing the well-being of your staff and taking steps to make sure people don't suffer accidents or fatalities. This ultimately leads to a better place to work, increased productivity, and lessens prosecution and penalties as a result of on-the-job accidents.
It is impossible to take health and safety too seriously. Directors must always take a proactive approach. In some countries, corporate manslaughter is now a recognized offense.
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