I recently gave a presentation on “The Safety Professional / Engineer as a Witness” to the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers’ Toronto chapter.
The presentation has been uploaded to the CSSE’s website at: http://www.cssetoronto.com/csse12132011/.
The theme of the talk was that everything the safety professional does could end up being scrutinized in court, at arbitration, at the Ontario Labour Relations Board or elsewhere. As such, a number of legal considerations, including whether to assert privilege over reports, must be considered.
The presentation also discusses cases in which engineers and safety professionals have testified, and had their testimony commented on by judges, and one recent case in which a safety professional was found guilty under the Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act.