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Health and safety update - Painful lessons

Who should attend

This course is intended for those who have safety management responsibilities, including H&S managers, in-house lawyers, HR professionals, and directors. A basic understanding of the regulatory framework will be assumed.


Brexit should make little difference to health and safety law and nothing much has changed in terms of safety legislation either, but the Drayton Manor Theme Park and Grenfell Tower tragedies are painful reminders that danger lurks where we may not expect it.

The Government is consulting on tougher penalties for gross negligence manslaughter. There has been a tenfold increase in fines due to the Sentencing Guideline and we saw a £20 million fine this year, for pollution offences, although the Courts have applied different interpretations of the terms in the Guideline.

The Government has pledged to make sure employers fulfil their responsibility to those with mental illness. They are continuing to encourage more disabled and older people into the workforce. As the HSE turns its attention to health as well as safety, organisations must be able to demonstrate their commitment to ‘health and wellbeing’. This update considers key recent developments.


09.00 registration and coffee, 09.30 start

In the news

  • Drayton Manor and Grenfell Tower tragedies: less obvious dangers
  • accountability of leaders: scrutiny and intrusion?
  • manslaughter update
  • Personal Protective Equipment: new changes on supply and use
  • changes to FFI dispute resolution
  • why plan for Brexit?

Sentencing Guideline update

  • recent significant penalties: tens of millions?
  • ‘very large’ and linked organisations: what are they and what consequence?
  • the Hanover Square sentence and how the Guideline applied
  • what is to be expected and what is ‘aggravating’?

Reduction in sentence for guilty plea

  • when is the ‘first opportunity’ to plead?
  • should our incident response change?

Remember the basics

  • new disasters from familiar hazards
  • responsibility and accountability in complex, dispersed organisations
  • the challenge for H&S professionals

Stress, mental health and disability

  • the Stevenson/Farmer Review: workplace mental heath support
  • HSE step-by-step workbook: March 2017
  • working with HR on sickness absence

13.00 close, followed by lunch

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