The Sentencing Council’s new guidelines for health and safety, corporate manslaughter, and food safety and hygiene offences came into effect in February.
The council’s stated intention is to increase the level of fines for serious offences, particularly those involving larger companies.
The guidelines introduce a new:
- Matrix-type approach, grading culpability and harm, cross-referencing against the turnover of the defendant organisation;
- The levels of harm and culpability do not have to be similar to incur significant penalties
- Rationale dictating that punishment more closely fit the level of exposure to risk as against previous outcome-based sentencing.
Nils O’Donoghue – an Associate from Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors – will be delivering a presentation exploring the guidelines, using a case study to demonstrate potential impacts, and showing how they can help ensure good health and safety management is centric to organisational planning and activities.
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