Following the implementation of The Sentencing Council's Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety & Hygiene Offences Definitive Guideline, on 1 February 2016, the average fine handed out by courts increased from just over £54,000 in 2015-16, the year before the guidelines were introduced, to over £150,000 in 2018-19.
A Dhaka factory collapse in 2013 threw the international spotlight on the working conditions in Bangladesh garment factories. Thankfully, concerted efforts to clean up the sector are now making a real difference.
IOSH is driving efforts to put people at the centre of business, highlighting the place of human capital and safety and health in corporate sustainability, and OSH professionals’ role in promoting this.
A new competency framework to guide the development of occupational safety and health professionals and meet the needs of employers for a broader set of competencies, has been launched by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
Sustainability and human capital are indelibly linked with safety and health. Development of the first concept started to emerge in the 1970s. Initially concerned with environmental sustainability, it gathered pace in 1987 with the publication of the United Nations' (UN) Brundtland Commission report, Our Common Future (bit.ly/30LjLQs). Although sustainability is commonly described under the headings of social, economic and environmental, the focus has been on the last one. Safety and health issues, which can be considered to sit under the social heading, have not received the same level of…