New Health & Safety Sentencing Guideline ramp up fines

September 6, 2016

In February 2016 – New Court Sentencing Guidelines for HASWA (& Food Safety & CM) increased fines based on turnover ie

  1. Micro-organisations (t/o less than £2m) Fines £50 to £450k

  2. Small Organisations (t/o £2m-10m) Fines £100 to £1.6m

  3. Medium Organisations (t/o £10-50m) Fines £1,000 to £4m

  4. Large Organisations (t/o £50m+) Fines £3,000 to £10m

    1. So in an example of a workplace with an unprotected ledge at height. If an inspector noticing it before harm might have been £10-20k fine, if someone had fallen & broken their ankle it might be a £20-30k fine, if someone had fallen and been paralysed it might be a £300k fine. In new rules a fine for a large company for the first scenario might now be a £3m fine: source IOSH Mag Sept 16)


Changing Legal Status Highlights the Need for Academy Safety

September 11, 2015

With the advent of 3,000  Academy schools and Free Schools in England, Head Teachers and Governors have given priority to the understanding the Local Authority no longer has responsibility for Health and Safety on School Sites and that responsibility lies with the Academy. It is essential that Leaders and Facility Managers have a good understanding of Health & Safety Legislation and a source of competent advice. Compile Consulting has helped a large number of Academies in Yorkshire and Oxfordshire to ensure Safety Compliance. We would recommend that Caretakers, Facilities Managers and Senior Teaching Staff attend a 4 day IOSH Managing Safely Certificate. More Junior Staff with Safety roles should look at the 1 day IOSH Working Safely Certificate. For more information please talk to Jonathan Pile 01924 666277