In February 2016, the new sentencing guidelines for health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences came into force.
These guidelines followed a consultation in 2015 which drew in representatives from various associations including the Health and Safety Lawyers Association, DWF LLP, the Food Standards Agenct and various magistrates courts.
Prior to the publication of the sentencing guidelines, there was a definitive guidelines produced by the Sentencing Guidelines council for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences that caused death, and very limited guidance for other health and safety and food safety offences.
The new sentencing guidelines provide judges with a starting point for fines for companies that commit health and safety offences.
Find out what Michael Caplan QC, a member of the sentencing council, had to say on the subject of the new sentencing guidelines.
Kizzy Augustin, senior associate at Pinsent Masons LLP, explains how the sentencing guidelines have changed things for companies.
This free eBook from SHP reflects on a year of significant change for the health and safety profession, including a look at how the sentencing guidelines are having an impact on organisations being sentenced for health and safety offences, and an article about whether or not they will make the workplace safer.
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