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Safety does it

The prospect of corporate manslaughter charges has increased the need for people higher up the management scale to have greater knowledge of health and safety legislation and their responsibilities.

In the past, health and safety courses have tended to focus on site staff, but the implication of legal responsibility has attracted a wider audience and a broader range of courses.

Symonds course administrator Tricia Swinhoe says: 'Demand for health and safety training is growing and we will be running more courses this year than ever before, including a number of new courses and events at new venues.

'Last year we introduced 'Safety for executives' to brief managers and directors on their legal responsibilities under health and safety legislation, but uptake has been disappointing. It appears that many senior people are still not addressing the issue.'

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