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On 1st February 2016, health and safety legislative guidelines underwent one of the biggest updates since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act back in 1974. In what has been described as “the most dramatic change seen to health and safety legislation in more than forty years”, the Sentencing Council has published definitive guidance for health and safety offences.
This means, that for the first time, courts will have comprehensive sentencing guidelines covering common regulatory offences and continues the trend of significant increases in the level of punishment for health and safety offences. The guidelines are intended to ensure a consistent approach to sentencing and will apply to organisations and individuals on all health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food and safety hygiene cases.
These are fines that will have a genuine and substantive impact on those organisations that fall foul of the law. We’ve already seen a trend towards higher fines for health and safety offences – fines of £1m and £2m have become increasingly common. The new guidelines will take this to a different level. Large organisations could face fines as high as £20 million and SMEs may well fare worse than larger companies, in relative terms.

Business clients of Wolfson Associates have free unlimited telephone access to CCH's health and safety support line.  Advice can also be sought on a consultancy basis from Peninsula on  0844 892 2785.


Do you have an Accident Record Book? If not one can be purchased from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) web site.  You are also required to carry out period health & safety reviews.  More information can be found at the HSE site.




EMPLOYERS are required to comply with the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992. The Health and Safety Executive has produced a leaflet which explains what employers may need to do to protect your employees from any risks associated with Display Screen Equipment (DSE) (ie computers and laptops).  To download click here.

Employers may be obligated to carry out reviews of staff working environment, pay for eye tests, pay for further medical examination and even pay/contribute toward the cost of reading appliances (glasses).

It is essential that employers assess the risk and take any necessary action as soon as possible.


Businesses across the country have been warned not to be duped into buying unnecessary and over-priced copies of the latest health and safety law poster.


All organisations now employing 5 or more assessments on their premises are now legally obliged to carry ourt a fire risk assessment.  For help with this please click on title.


Guidance published on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 due to come into force on 1 October. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published guidance on its website explaining what firms need to do to comply with the new rules.

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