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Alert24 - Safeguard Update

Exemptions not popular

Exemptions not popular
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A survey published in the July/Aug edition of Safeguard reveals readers to be strongly against the notion of legislative exemptions based on industry sector or business size, while being more ambivalent on the prospect of introducing corporate manslaughter. The 110 respondents answered the three key questions as follows:

Q: Should the new primary health and safety legislation – the Health & Safety at Work Act – include exemptions for certain industry sectors? (Yes - 3%; No - 94%; Not sure - 3%).

Q: Should the new Act allow exemptions based on employer size? (Yes - 12%; No - 84%; Not sure - 4%).

Q: The new Act's penalty provisions include jail terms of up to 5 years and fines of up to $3 million. Should provision also be made for a charge of corporate manslaughter? (Yes - 57%; No - 22%; Not sure - 21%)

An edited selection of respondents' comments on these questions is available here.



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