When acquiring a business, it is important to verify all aspects of the company’s health and safety management. In fact, new owners may find themselves responsible for the consequences of events that occurred before they acquired the company. Thus, lawsuits brought and fines imposed by the CNESST or costs attributable to accidents that occurred prior to the acquisition could strongly influence the financial file at the CNESST. A careful analysis will allow you to avoid unpleasant surprises and may also serve as an important argument during acquisition negotiations.
Also, as part of a continuous improvement process, businesses that take a proactive approach to health and safety make it a point to have external prevention and compensation audits conducted periodically. This allows them to establish a realistic and impartial portrait of their prevention, compensation and financing management.