For a low risk business like a hotel you may be forgiven for wondering why a change in approach for health and safety sentencing might be important. However, with fines in the millions of pounds being a very realistic possibility for offences, that under the current regime would receive a fine under £100,000, the incentive to keep safety compliance is at the top of your agenda has never been so great.
Health and safety proposals
There are nine stages to the sentencing process which taken into account the company’s size and its ability to pay. There are many issues with these changes but the fine levels will have the greatest impact.
Fine levels are determined against a matrix that set out four levels of culpability (from low to very high) and four harm categories within each culpability level (from one to four). For businesses with a turnover greater than £50m, a medium culpability offence at the lowest harm category will result in a fine starting at £130,000 increasing to a starting point of £1.3m at the highest medium culpability harm category.