Without discipline h&s due diligence falls apart

By Cheryl Edwards
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

Imagine a situation in which your company has carefully cultivated a detailed and ongoing health and safety program, but supervisors do not enforce the program with discipline.

A favourite tactic of prosecution lawyers in cases alleging violation of health and safety regulatory standards, is to ask supervisors if unsafe practices usually resulted in progressive discipline, or any discipline at all. Too frequently, the response from management sounds something like, “Yes we told them, we kept reminding them, we told them until we were blue in the face. What more could we do?”