Research suggests that Health & Safety fines for businesses have more than doubled in 2015/16 in comparison to the previous year; £38.3 million versus £18.1 million.
We all know that Health & Safety can often fall onto the back-burner; managing employees, organising workloads, monitoring revenue and planning for the future are just a few of the tasks involved in the day-to-day running of a business, which is hard enough as it is.
Let’s face it, there’s more than just money at stake when it comes to Health & Safety. Your putting your business’ reputation as well as your own and your employees’ livelihood on the line.
New Health & Safety sentencing guidelines
The new sentencing guidelines have been in place for over a year, it basically means the larger your organisation, the more serious the offence, which means the more you can expect to pay in fines. In this way, the Sentencing Council believes that penalties will become ‘fair and proportionate’.
Health & Safety prosecutions are undoubtedly on the up. In 2015/16, the Health & Safety executive and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service prosecuted 696 businesses, which is a 6 percent rise on the previous year’s figure. Of those 696 cases, a whopping 95 per cent were convicted, amounting in fines totaling £38.3 million. Construction now ranks as the costliest sector for Health & Safety offences as fines reached £14m, followed by manufacturing at £12m.
Can your organisation really afford to take the risk? If you don’t already have Health & Safety Risk Management protocols in place, this should most certainly now be a priority.
We strongly believe that every employee has the right to feel safe in their place of work, and employers have a legal responsibility to keep their employees safe. One of the key benefits of Safety Media’s Enterprise portal is the ease with which administrators can identify, assess, manage and report upon potential and specific risks in your organisation.
Risk Management is more than just conducting annual risk assessments, although these are obviously a vital part of the process, full cycle risk management encompasses much more.
For more information about our Risk Management software or Health & Safety online platform, please drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01745 535000 and one of our advisors will be more than happy to help with your compliance needs.