|Offence||Magistrate's Court||Crown Court|
|Breaches of HASAWA Sections 2 to 8||Fine up up £2000 and/or up to 12 months imprisonment||Unlimited fine and up to 2 years in prison|
|Non compliance notice of improvement or prohibition notice or course order||Fine up up £2000 and/or up to 12 months imprisonment||Unlimited fine and up to 2 years in prison|
|Making a false statement or entry in a register||Fine up to £2000 and/or up to 12 months in prisonment||Unlimited fine and up to 2 years in prison|
|Any other breaches not specified||Fine up to £2000 and/or up to 12 months imprisonment||Unlimited fine and up to 2 years in prison|
|Breaches of general duties under the HASAWA section 9||Fine up to £20,000||Unlimited fine|
|Obstructing and inspector||Fine up to £5000 and/or 51 weeks in prison||Not available|
|To pretend to be an inspector||Fine up to £5000||Not available|
The Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008, which came into force on 16 January 2009, amends the maximum penalties that can be made against defendants under the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA) and other, related, health and safety regulations.
This Act gives lower courts the power to impose higher fines for some health and safety offences, as shown above.
In addition to the above, the offence of Corporate Manslaughter came into force in April 2008.
It's worth noting the draconian powers afforded to Factory Inspectors and Environmental Health Officers as follows:
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