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The legislative information contained on this web site is my interpretation of the law based on many years in the health and safety business. A definitive interpretation can only be given by the courts. I will therefore not be held responsible for any accident/incident/prosecution arising as a consequence of anyone using any information obtained from this web site.

Health and safety sentencing guidelines one year on

hse sentencing guidelinesThe Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, (IOSH), has reviewed the new sentencing guidelines for health and Safety Offences. You can download a copy of this report here.

The guidelines came into effect on 1 February 2016. Before this, there had been very little guidance for courts on the sentences they should give, leading to a lack of consistency or predictability about the size of a penalty a defendant could expect.

A year on from the introduction of the guidelines, IOSH and Osborne Clarke LLP worked together to look at the impact they have had.

A Freedom of Information Act request revealed there has been a steep rise in the level of fines, with 19 fines of £1 million or more in 2016, compared to three in 2015.

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