Health and safety sentencing guidelines: one year on

IOSH and Osborne Clarke LLP have joined forces to explore the impact of new guidelines for courts dealing with workplace health and safety cases.

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.

Health and safety sentencing guidelines one year on

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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