Jail sentences and unlimited fines for flouting health and safety rules

Green, Chris
November 2008
People Management;11/27/2008, Vol. 14 Issue 24, p36
The article offers information on the Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008 which received royal assent on October 16, 2008 in Great Britain. The Act means that anyone convicted of a safety offence could be imprisoned and not just fined, as in the past. However, the new legislation, which comes into force on January 16, 2008 applies only to offences committed after this date. Most offences, including those committed under sections 2-7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 or health and safety regulations, will carry possible prison sentences.


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