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New ‘Health & Safety (Offences) Act' makes focus on compliance more important than ever

On 16 January the new 'Health and Safety (Offences) Act' 2008 came into force. The new Act has received much less coverage than, for example, Corporate Manslaughter, but the potential consequences of organisations failing to comply with its terms could still be far reaching.

The Act quadruples the maximum fine for minor health and safety breaches from £5,000 to £20,000 and also paves the way for prison sentences of up to two years for individuals found guilty of health and safety breaches. One relatively minor health and safety offence could have serious consequences for organisations already struggling to make ends meet in the current economic climate.

The tough new provisions being introduced under the new Act serve to remind all organisations of the importance of Health and Safety in the workplace. Driver Hire has a long-standing commitment to maintaining the highest possible standards and helping its customers achieve full regulatory compliance. More information on the new Act is available via the Office of Public Sector Information website - www.opsi.gov.uk

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