The days of the passive company director are now well gone! From 4
April new Health and Safety rules will take effect. These rules will expose
all directors to a potential personal liability for a health and safety
breach even if they are not aware of issues.
The new rules include increased penalties and make directors liable for
failure to take responsibility for health and safety and any director not
actively involved in the business of a company is simply increasing their
exposure and risk.
We recommend some frank conversations with clients. Take the quarry
company where the directors are “Mum and Dad” but “Mum” never goes
near the quarry. Should she still be a director? What about “Dad” who
is a director of Mum’s catering business? Should either take the risk of
exposure to penalty for rock falls and burns? We think not!

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