New Sentencing Guidelines on health & safety and corporate manslaughter & homicide legislation have reinforced the consequences of failing to manage workplace risks effectively. Multi-million pound fines, combined with the reputational and operational impacts that follow, now make health and safety issues more than ever a core responsibility of every board and leadership team.
There is no doubt that these guidelines have raised the benchmark in terms of the governance and risk management practices that companies should be adopting. The guidelines make clear that health & safety offences are concerned with failures to manage risks and do not require proof that the offence caused any actual harm. The offence is in creating a risk of harm. We are seeing a new era of Risk Governance where even ALARP and culture driven approaches are no longer sufficient.
At Forge Risk, we have extensive experience in this area including links with some the UK’s leading Health & Safety Regulatory teams. Areas in which we can support clients include:
- Legal and corporate compliance audits
- Gap analysis against recognised standards and guidance (e.g. HSE/IOD)
- Director and senior management training/briefings
- 24/7 Incident Response including expert legal support
Risk Matters 03:2017 – Risk, regulation & standards update
Our regular update on risk, regulation and standards. The editorial focus is health and safety in renewables, construction and asset management. This edition includes updates and opinion on topics including: “Robin Rigg” Supreme Court Judgement, Cost Reduction – Safety Check, Risk Opinion: Embracing Failure, HSE Board Updates & Sector Plans, OHS Disclosures & Updates, Risk Focus: Take back control, Technical Standards updates. Most topics covered as part of our Executive H&S Briefings.
Risk Matters 02:2017 – Risk, regulation & standards update
Our regular update on risk, regulation and standards. The editorial focus is health and safety in renewables, construction and asset management. This edition includes updates and opinion on topics including Fire Safety, Competence, CDM, FFI, Legal Privilege, HSE Updates & Alerts, 45001, G+ Statistics. Most topics covered at our Legal & Standards update 10th Oct 2017 – London.
Forge Alert – 24/7 HSE Support
Our experience in crisis management and the complexities of regulatory investigations has demonstrated that the first few hours & days following an incident are the most critical in protecting liabilities and demonstrating a responsible image of the business. Check out our new 24/7 service to support operational staff, in-house legal departments and senior management teams including the Board to see how we can help.