Health & Safety

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is one of the bodies responsible for enforcing health and safety regulation in Great Britain. In 2006/7, the HSE prosecuted 1,141 offences, with 74% of these leading to a conviction. The average penalty per conviction was £15,370 and there were 18 cases where the fine exceeded £100,000*.

Local authorities also have a responsibility to enforce health and safety regulations. In 2005/6, local authorities prosecuted 257 offences, 96% of which led to a conviction. The average penalty per conviction was £9,674, with one fine being £250,000*.

Fortunately these problems can be avoided with the help of Allianz Legal Online, by using it to prepare your business's policies and procedures. Your policy includes:

  • Taking you step-by-step through the risk assessment
  • Preparing a detailed Health & Safety Policy specifically for your business
  • A Statement of Development, which is filed as part of the business records and is evidence of the state of the business at that particular time
  • A list of actions required to be done by the business over a specified timeframe to get its compliance up to the necessary standard

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* All statistics on this page from Health & Safety Executive Nov 2007

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