The scope of OHS is very broad for any employer and the trend is that community attitudes are becoming less tolerant to accidents causing death and injury in the workplace and so laws and regulations are continually becoming more stringent with more mandatory requirements.Globally, the right to be able to work in a safe and healthy manner is considered a fundamental human right.2
In the news this week is James Hardie Limited and the ongoing (fatal) legacy of asbestos which was used in their building and construction products until the early 1980’s. Yesterday the NSW Supreme court handed down verdicts on 10 former executives and board directors of the company finding them all in breach of the Australian Companies Act. James Hardie is an ongoing case study that highlights all the issues listed above. I recommend that you search and read some media articles (from any major newspapers)recommend that you search and read some media articles (from any major newspapers) about James Hardie, asbestos, and the legacy of people who have died and are dying due to exposure to asbestos in their products.3
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