It’s incumbent on all organizations to proactively identify and mitigate potentially dangerous or harmful situations. Written policies and procedures are important tools for preventing losses and defending your organization in legal proceedings should they occur. Ideally, employees and volunteers should be asked to sign off or otherwise acknowledge their receipt and understanding of your organization’s policies and procedures.
It is important to note that no one can accurately predict when a claim will end up in court or what the decision of the court will be. Policies and procedures may be a very effective way to defend against a claim and lawsuit. However, to be effective, policies and procedures must be strictly followed and well documented.
If your organization has documented policies that are not used or followed, they may prove to be a legal detriment. Discover risk management best practices and learn how to create and implement effective policies and procedures throughout your organization.
*Source: Compiled with Canadian Risk Intervention Inc.