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Document ID (ISN)108631
CIS number 08-1034
Year 2007
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report 535
Author(s) Bergman D., Davis C., Rigby B.
Health and Safety Executive
Title International comparison of health and safety responsibilities of company directors
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2007. viii, 121p.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract This report looks at whether there is a legal obligation in nine countries imposing safety and health duties on enterprise board directors (and other senior managers), and if so, what these duties comprise and whether they assist in the prosecution of directors. The main finding is that seven out of nine countries contain safety legislation that imposes positive safety obligations upon either directors or senior managers of companies. These are: Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Japan, Canada and Australia. Two countries, the United Sates and the Netherlands, do not impose any obligations.
Descriptors (primary) responsibilities of employers; corporate social responsibility; role of management; legal aspects; United Kingdom
Descriptors (secondary) Sweden; Australia; Netherlands; Canada; USA; Japan; comparative study; Germany; France; Italy; comment on law; criminal liability; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Administration, legislation
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Criminal liability in OSH