Be prepared for new health and safety guidelines

Regulatory Partner, Paul Matthews, offers a warning to all manufacturers to be aware of hefty new penalties under the biggest regulatory change to health and safety sentences since the 1970s.

Last month the Sentencing Council published new guidelines on health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences guidelines. They represent the biggest shake up to health and safety since the 1970s, bringing fines on a par with offences such as competition breaches and bribery.

The guidelines link fines directly to turnover, and provide starting points and ranges for fines. They will result in significantly increased fines, especially for large organisations, which are those with an annual turnover or equivalent of £50m or more.

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Be prepared for new health and safety guidelines

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Paul Matthews

Partner - Head of Regulatory (Yorkshire and North East)

I am a Partner in the Regulatory team and a corporate defence specialist who provides up-front regulatory compliance advice and representation to businesses and senior managers in relation to investigations and prosecutions by regulatory bodies.