Occupational health and safety is a multi-faceted field. There are so many areas in which you can expand your knowledge.
One area that has intrigued us for years is due diligence. Everybody has an idea what it is. Unfortunately, their ideas are sometimes less accurate than might be hoped. In fact, accused organizations trying to use the due diligence defence fail almost 80 percent of the time!
To help, we researched over 100 OH&S cases in which due diligence was a factor at trial. From this research, we identified 7 "pillars" which an organization should address if they want to maximize they chances of success:
The book was written to help anyone reduce workplace injuries through the proper application of due diligence principles. Starting with a quick discussion of the origins and basics of due diligence, we then expand on what we have found to be the seven most important areas – the “pillars” – of due diligence:
We wrote this book not as a legal test but as a user-friendly resource. Its conversational tone and frequent use of examples and checklists reduces the intimidation sometimes associated with the legal process. This makes the learning experience more enjoyable and the application far easier.