The new sentencing guidelines issued in February 2016 will ensure that these levels of fines will be more common for larger organisations. Fines are now linked to the size of an organisation and their level of assets. The heaviest fines will no longer be reserved for fatalities. Health and safety offences are concerned with failures to manage risks to health and safety and do not require proof that the offence caused any actual harm. The offence is in creating a risk of harm.
I am a director of Sutton Winson Consultancy Services Ltd, which delivers a range of risk management solutions. I joined Sutton Winson in January 2000 and have derived a great deal of satisfaction from helping our clients achieve significantly preferable insurance terms, and other financial benefits, by embracing proactive risk management.
I am a Graduate Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), a member of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), a Chartered Insurance Risk Manager and hold the ACII (Advanced Diploma of the Chartered Insurance Institute).