In February 2016 new H&S Sentencing Guidelines were published on how breaches of health and safety law should be sentenced (also new guidance applies to Environmental sentencing since 2014).
The improved guidance for health and safety fines and custodial sentencing provide very clear parameters for courts. The H&S Sentencing Guidelines help them determine the level of punishment given to companies and individuals for breaches of health and safety law. This follows on from major changes to sentencing for Environmental prosecutions.
The fines are arguably now better aligned to the estimated cost of Workplace Illness & Injury, said to be £14.1B to the UK Economy (HSE, 2016).
Below is a summary of the changes for you to use as a quick reference guide
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