The “Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences Definitive Guidelines” for courts in England and Wales were published yesterday (the 3rd November 2015) and are due to come into force on 1 February 2016.

These guidelines confirm that a dramatic increase in fines of up to £20m are designed to have an economic impact on organisations and in addition judges can send company managers or directors to prison for up to two years for any individual who is found guilty of a breach of the duty of care owed to their employees in serious cases.