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Health, safety and environment update - Corporate silence?

Who should attend

This course is for those with safety management responsibilities, including H&S and HR professionals, in-house lawyers, and directors.

Synopsis

A long chain of companies and decision makers were responsible for the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower, raising questions about oversight, supervision and responsibility. This may explain why some companies have declined to comment to the Inquiry. Legal privilege is a poorly understood tool which can help ensure that lessons are learned from accidents. It gives space for rational analysis but, when emotion supersedes reason, employers may become the target of media and public criticism.

GDPR has led many organisations to destroy records which constitute ‘corporate memory’. How will organisations illustrate proper management and corrective actions five or ten years later perhaps after senior post holders have left? We also cover sentencing trends and ‘very large organisations’,as well as ‘bad character’ and the use of enforcement notices by regulators.

Programme

09.00 registration and coffee, 09.30 start

Safety in the news headlines

  • multiple compliant products: tragic outcome?
  • technical changes to fire safety
  • dual regulated organisations
  • reviewing communications strategies
  • reviewing fire evacuation drills

Legal privilege in the safety context

  • advice privilege v litigation privilege
  • a way to protect…. or hide?three new cases with varying outcomes
  • three new cases with varying outcomes

Enhancing defensibility

  • managing safety with the Regulator in mind
  • responding to enforcement notices: including Environment Agency’s revisions
  • when and how to challenge the Regulator
  • wellbeing strategies: beyond the gimmicks

Safety experiences and corporate memory

  • continuity following personnel changes
  • or reorganisation
  • safety records after GDPR
  • selective collection and purposeful retention
  • ‘bad character’: rehabilitation?

Key case law decisions

  • the Whirlpool case: an unexpectedly modest fine?
  • many million pound fines but no mega fine yet?
  • the Tata Steel case: who pays in a group structure?

13.00 close, followed by lunch

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