April 28, 2016

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2015 into the start of 2016 saw some big changes to health and safety legislation, with the move to CDM 2015 and the changes to the sentencing guidelines for health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food safety offences.

These legislative changes may affect you and your business and you may need to implement changes, update your workforce and revise relevant documentation.

Take this quiz to find out how much you know about upcoming legislative changes.

These questions are based on the recent Legislation Update for April 2016 and beyond, and on resources available on the Barbour EHS Service (namely the guide Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems), and on the Sentencing Council’s definitive guideline on Health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences.

This quiz is based on information that can be found in the Barbour suite of resources under the topic ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’.

By answering the questions below, practitioners can award themselves CPD credits. One, two or three credits can be awarded, depending on what has been learnt – exactly how many you award yourself is up to you, once you have reflected and taken part in the quiz.

Please note:  There may be more than one correct answer to a question, and further reading may be required to correctly answer the questions.


1. Trades Union Bill

Changes proposed by the Trades Union Bill include doubling the minimum notice of strike action to:
2. National Minimum Wage Amendment Regulations 2016

The new National Living Wage is introduced as the new hourly rate for adults aged 25 and over. From 1 April 2016, the new minimum wage for those aged 25 + is:

3. Annual slavery and human trafficking statements

Under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Transparency in Supply Chains) Regulations 2015, there is a duty for organisations with a turnover of at least £36 million to produce an annual slavery and human trafficking statement. True or false?
4. UK Referendum

There will be a referendum in the UK in June on whether or not to remain in the EU. Although the basis of the health and safety regime in the UK was established in 1974, it has been underpinned and extended by EU legislation. The main element of the EU legislation is:
5. ISO 45001

ISO 45001 is due for publication in October 2016. This standard is expected to replace OHSAS 18001.

True or false?
6. Sentencing Guidelines

The new Guidelines came into force on 16 February 2016. They apply to:
7. Sentencing Guidelines: Organisations (Health & Safety)

Health and safety offences are concerned with failures to manage risks to health and safety and do not require proof that the offence caused any actual harm. The offence is in creating a risk of harm.

The assessmen:t of harm requires a consideration of
8. Sentencing Guidelines: Organisations (Health & Safety) – Category range

The court is required to focus on the organisation’s annual turnover or equivalent to reach a starting point for a fine. True or False?
9. Sentencing Guidelines: Individuals (Health & Safety) – Culpability

'Actual foresight of, or wilful blindness to, risk of offending but risk nevertheless taken' describes which category of culpability detailed in the Guidelines under the Individuals (Health & Safety offences) section:
10. Sentencing Guidelines: Corporate Manslaughter - Determining seriousness of the offence

By definition, the harm and culpability involved in corporate manslaughter will be very serious. Every case will involve death and corporate fault at a high level.  The court should assess factors affecting the seriousness of the offence within this context by asking how many questions?

Thank you for taking part in the Legislation Quiz for April 2016. Please fill in this short form to find out your score and to be emailed the correct answers and explanations.

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Thanks for emailing the answer and background to each question, I found this very useful and learnt some new information.

John Bradshaw
John Bradshaw

Everyday is a learning curve. Nice little quiz caught me out on some of the questions. Worth a go😜


Shame half questions are actually nothing to do with H&S.
The only H&S were on detail of sentencing guidelines – not relevant to most as
a) you have to be caught having already done something bad
b) you would presumably have a lawyer to deal with the sort of detail of the questions – and
c) it will all be too late by then as whatever it is has happened, and so knowing the ins & outs is completely academic.

(more than one answer may apply).

Sue Brownbridge
Sue Brownbridge

Thanks for the quiz. I am always striving to improve my knowledge.

carl inman
carl inman

Good quiz thankyou, my only comment being on 1 question, as I understand it ISO 45001 may not replace OHSAS 18001, are they not different awarding bodies (ISO and OHSAS), anyway, thanks, its always good to refresh your knowledge

Danny Barnard
Danny Barnard

Very informative quiz. Leaning something new everyday. t


nice quiz. Learned a couple of things myself.

Og Ogie
Og Ogie

Thanks for the questions and answers emailed to me.

Are you aware of the Barbour EHS brand?