Regular changes in occupational health and safety law and practice take place every April and October. One piece of important legislation which has recently been updated is:
Changes to penalties for offences under Health and Safety Law.
New sentencing guidelines for prosecution under breaches of health and safety law came into force from February 2016.
These new guidelines apply to sentences handed down from 1 February 2016, which make the guidelines retrospective in the sense that they apply to offences that have already been committed and have not yet come up for sentencing.
The new sentencing guidelines apply to health and safety offences committed by organisations and individuals, as well as to corporate manslaughter and food safety/hygiene offences.
A summary of the maximum fines and periods of imprisonment that may be imposed for an offence under Health and Safety Law can be found here.