The Health and Safety Offences Act 2008 came into force on 16 January 2009. It amends the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (the "Act") and increases significantly the maximum fines and length of prison sentences that both the Magistrates courts and Crown courts can impose.

Regulation of employees' health and safety at work has been around for a long time and employers will no doubt be well-versed in its requirements. However, this new act serves as a reminder of the importance of health and safety matters and the consequences if the rules are not followed. Employers may want to undergo further or repeat training for their employees.

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