WHO WE ARE?
The Health and Safety Lawyers' Association (HSLA) is the professional association for prosecution and defence solicitors, barristers and lawyers who practice in and areas associated with health and safety law. We currently has over 500 members across the UK.
Our aims and objectives include:
- To act as thought leaders and shape the development of health and safety law and issues effecting the enforcement and court process associated with it
- To further research and educate and train its members; and
- To promote the expertise of its members in dealing with issues of health and safety law.
WHAT WE DO
We run a comprehensive programme of events throughout the year and across the UK with the aim of sharing knowledge and good practice amongst our members.
Our events focus on topical issues and key cases in health and safety law and are delivered by experts in this field. Past events include the M25 fireworks case, the prosecution of Merlin attractions following the serious incident at Alton Towers and the Swansea Gleision mining disaster. We have also held events to discuss the use of expert witnesses, the Court’s approach to the Sentencing Guideline for Health and Safety Offences, sentencing practice, Coronial Law and the media in health and safety cases. These events are held around the UK.
Every year we hold an annual conference and dinner. As well as being attended by a number of our members and non-members, we also host key influencers in the world of health and safety including from The Health and Safety Executive, Crown Prosecution Service, British Safety Council, Institute of Directors, IOSH and Trades Union Congress and others.
The Association maintains key contacts within the Health and Safety Executive and other government departments, who we speak to regularly to communicate the views of our members and knowledge share as to how policies may work in practice.
We survey our membership and respond to government consultations and other requests for the specialist views of our members, such as:
- Implications arising from Grenfell on resources and prioritisation – industry experts as well as HSE
- Lofstedt recommendation for local authority enforcement of H&S to switch to HSE – this is still an issue of discussion at HSE;
- Increased engagement by HSE with occupational road risk;
- Brexit is a major area of concern – getting the details right with the intention that workplace standards are maintained and if anything improved.
- Expressing our concerns with gross negligence manslaughter sentencing proposals.
We have previously responded to government consultations on sentencing and credit for reduction of guilty pleas.
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