Due Diligence – A 3 Step Process for Officers

 

Introduction

Officers of a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must exercise due diligence to ensure that the organisation complies with their health and safety duties.

This casts a positive duty on officers to be proactive and continuously ensure that the organization complies with the relevant duties and obligations under the model workplace health and safety act.The scope of the officer’s duties is directly related to the influential nature of their position. A high standard requires persistent examination and care to ensure that the resources and systems of the organization are adequate to comply with the duty of care required. Where the officer relies on the expertise of a manager or other person that expertise must be verified and the reliance must be reasonable.Completing the following 6 items are required to be completed to ensure the minimum requirements of due diligence are being met

A 3 Step Process for Officers

A 3-step process may be applied by Officers of organisations to prove that they are meeting some of the 6 elements of due diligence mentioned above.

The 3 steps focuses on the activities that can aid Officers by verifying and providing evidence that they are meeting their obligation of ensuring that the PCBU is complying with their health and safety duties.

The 3 steps have been presented in the figure below to show how the steps link together into a continual improvement loop.

The 3 Step process and how it relates to Travel Risk Management

Below are some examples how the 3 step process can be related to travel risk management.

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Conclusion

The 3 step approach to due diligence can be used by Officers of an organisation to prove that they are meeting their due diligence obligations. However like all tools and models they have to be used to work.

Due Diligence – A 3 Step Process for Officers by Jason Parsons

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