New Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines

12th April 2016

On February 2016, new Health and Safety sentencing guidelines for England and Wales were put into place. Theses guidelines cover Health and Safety, corporate manslaughter, food safety and hygiene cases.

The penalties have been categorised depending on the size of the businesses. Please see below

h& s sentencing guidelines

Directors of businesses that are found guilty of consent, convenience or neglect, as an individual, are potentially subject to unlimited fines and up to two years imprisonment.

Tips to avoid Health and Safety fines:

  • Review what Health and Safety policies and procedures you currently have in place and ensure they are completely up-to-date
  • Make sure you have suitable and sufficient Risk Assessments in place and that these are communicated, followed and enforced
  • Carry out internal audits in detail to make sure all procedures are followed.