Due Diligence

 

Definition:

Due diligence requires that the party charged be able to establish that they took all reasonable and practicable care to avoid the particular event giving rise to the prosecution.


This must be proven in the form of verbal evidence and backed up by written documentation.  If there is no documentation to back up the verbal evidence, then the possibility is greater the company will be found guilty as charged.


By implementing and documenting all elements of your Health and Safety Program demonstrates the Owner/Manager commitment to meet “Due Diligence” requirements.


These actions mean:  A means to an end; not an end in itself.  Taking reasonably practicable precautions, a standard to evaluate program effectiveness, deterring substandard performance, and motivating proactive actions as we worry about, “what is” reasonable care.