2016 Health & Safety Sentencing Guidelines

On 1 February 2016, new sentencing guidelines came into force for Health & Safety offences.

Under the sentencing guidelines, large businesses found guilty of the most serious health and safety offences could face significantly increased sentences. For example, fines for corporate manslaughter could be as high as £20million for a business with a turnover in excess of £50million, while for fatal health and safety offences they could reach up to £10million.

The aim of the guidelines is to promote a consistent approach to sentencing for health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food offences and to ensure all sentences are proportionate to the offence committed and in relation to other offences. It is proposed the courts will adopt the following structure when sentencing businesses and individuals.

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