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Corporate & Profession Wakeup Call (A Journal extract from Trevor Hall, TOX247)

Posted on 28 May 2024

Corporate & Profession Wakeup Call  (A Journal extract from Trevor Hall, TOX247)

A message from TOX247 and its CEO Trevor Hall, a UK registered expert witness in workplace
substance management, published author of 16 books on the subject of workplace substance
management, and the author of 6 accredited higher education courses levels 4-7 regarding
workplace Substance Management Practitioner roles.


Corporate Governance (CG) is the driver of any companies ownership, directors duties, and
day to day management, especially regarding compliance with criminal & civil legislations.
Formal decision making within CG is made with all facts and evidence produced to support
any challenge, internally or at litigation. Formal decision making regarding professional
standards requires provable competence be presented to support any formal decision in
defence of any business operation where specific knowledge is applied or required.


As a registered expert witness my first approach to mediation or litigation is, who made what
decision, on what evidence and in what way were they advised by an individual(s) with any
provable competence. H&S, HR, Occupational Health and many more professions have
membership organisations that set standards for their profession which after structured study
produces a certificate, NEBOSH, CIPD, IOSH. You would believe that at the basic level entry for
these qualifications there is a level of provable competence applied in the support of any
workplace. The workplace debate then extends to judging practical competence against
theoretical competence.


Within the complicated subject that is workplace substance management there are many
issues where people who believe they have a certificate in one subject makes them a
practitioner in another. The issue here is the arrogance of professions who believe they are
qualified to advise others on subjects they have no provable competence in, nor any
certificated proof.


It is time for those officers of companies who have a permanent culpability within any
company operation to be made aware that when challenged, for serious incidents, they
effectively have no defence, just mitigation. Thos who make occasional or occasional decisions
are also culpable, especially where they have provable competence. I can guarantee any
officer with permanent culpability for their business activities has not asked the following
question; “Who in my team is qualified to protect my permanent culpability regarding workplace
substance management, its criminal and civil legislative compliance and any mitigation that
can be used in my and the company’s defence”


The answer globally is noone has that provable competence. We can say this as until the
provision of TOX247s Higher Education courses there has not been any certification, diploma
or extended diploma for this subject in any workplace. Its time for the workplace to wake up
to its capabilities, the need to have maximum defence when challenged, but above all to add
a moral countermeasure that aligns with the criminal and civil countermeasures.


Section 2 of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 states; ‘It shall be the duty of every
employer to ensure, so far is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of
all his employees.’ If you believe that in a century where recorded substance related problems
in society and the workplace are at their highest historical levels, what is your defence when
you can only say; “ I have no defensible countermeasures in place to what is an epidemic
problem globally. I have appointed a person or department with no provable competence to
deal with this complicated subject. I have no mitigation and the person I appointed was not
qualified to provide any.

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