H&S Fines to double
Yesterday saw the publication of the much anticipated Definitive Guideline for sentencing in health and safety (and corporate manslaughter) cases. It will apply from 1st February 2016 to all cases sentenced after that date i.e. including current cases and investigations in the pipeline which lead later to prosecution. It is being described by many as the most significant development in health and safety enforcement since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and I know all or many of you have been awaiting news since the consultation exercise earlier this year.
The Sentencing Guide can be be downloaded here.