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The Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines - significant effect on health and safety or disproportionate increase in the regulatory burden?

New Definitive Sentencing Guidelines for health and safety offences came into force on 1 February 2016; since then, there has been a significant increase in fines.

What is clear from our analysis is that efforts by government to deregulate and reduce the burden of health and safety compliance have, from a financial perspective, been largely undone by the guidelines.

We examine whether the guidelines have improved health and safety compliance for both SMEs and large corporations and reduced the regulatory burden on business. Download the full update below. 

This publication is intended for general guidance and represents our understanding of the relevant law and practice as at May 2018. Specific advice should be sought for specific cases. For more information see our terms & conditions.

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