New sentencing guidelines in health & safety get tough on corporate manslaughter

Published in November 2015, the definitive guidelines on health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences came into force on 1st February 2016.

Companies that are convicted of the most serious offences, where they have blatantly breached the law and created a very high risk of serious harm, or where serious harm has actually been caused, can expect to receive a fine proportionate to the seriousness of the offence and to their financial means.

The fine will be sufficiently substantial to have a real economic impact. This should bring home to management and shareholders the need to achieve a safe environment for workers and members of the public affected by their activities.

You can download the definitive guidelines here.

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