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Tougher Sanctions Needed for Health & Safety Breaches?

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has suggested that tougher sentences should be imposed upon those who breach health and safety laws across the UK.

IOSH's belief is that harsher sentences, which would reflect both culpability and disapproval within society, may improve health and safety standards and remedy defects, but may also deter future offending.

While IOSH was responding to a consultation by the Sentencing Council in England and Wales, which focused on guidelines for corporate manslaughter and health & safety offences, it is hoped that tougher penalties would have the same effect north of the border, in Scotland.

In the consultation response, IOSH also suggested the sanctions for health and safety breaches, should be accompanies with compulsory health and safety training.

Speaking on behalf of IOSH, Richard Jones, the organisation's Head of Policy and Public Affairs Richard Jones stated:

"It's absolutely vital that those sentencing for serious health and safety failures fully appreciate the devastation and lasting harm these offences can bring. Well-designed guidelines can help ensure that sentencing is consistent and effective. The goal here is to ensure safe and healthy work for all."

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