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Free seminar briefs businesses on revised Health And Safety Sentencing Guidelines

Businesses are invited to find out how to protect themselves against stiffer penalties under the revised Health And Safety Sentencing Guidelines at a free seminar in Leicester on Tuesday 26 April 2016.

Keynote speaker Phil Taylor, Head of Health and Safety for supermarket group Morrisons, will join compliance and legal experts from joint hosts Altius and Howes Percival LLP to explain the updated Sentencing Guidelines.

The expert speakers will advise businesses on what they need to do to comply with what Health and Safety Laws, including CDM 2015, and what measures they can take to ensure they don’t get caught out by bigger fines and possible prison sentences under the revised Sentencing Guidelines.

Nowhere to hide with new guidelines

With stiffer sentencing guidelines for health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences, now introduced in England and Wales, organisations should tighten up health and safety compliance and push it further up the board room agenda, says Gary Plant, Managing Director of health and safety compliance specialist Altius.

He continued: The new guidelines mean there is nowhere to hide when it comes to facing up to health and safety breaches and even if procedures and policies are robust in your own organisation, you could face exposure from suppliers. It is business critical for organisations to scrutinise their health and safety policies, training and compliance, and ensure that risk is assessed across the entire supply chain and standards are applied and continuously monitored.”

The Information on Revised Health And Safety Sentencing Guidelines half day seminar (10am to 2pm) will take place at Howes Percival’s Leicester offices.

Event details

Date & time

Tuesday 26th April, 10:00am – 2:00pm


Howes Percival LLP, 3 The Osiers Business Centre, Leicester, LE19 1DX



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What Harry Potter can teach us about supplier positioning and management

Just as the fictional school of Hogwarts sorts its aspiring wizards and witches into four houses in the Harry Potter fims, a supplier positioning matrix sorts suppliers into four categories and aids you and your company by minimising the cost of compliance.

Supplier positioning matrix

High risk / High value

Supppliers need to be trusted partners working closely to achieve shared objectives. A deep two-way understanding is needed, especially when dealing with assets that are direct components for your business.

High risk / Low value

Processes need to provide efficient mitigation against risks. Pertinent information needs to protect buyer is essential. This strategic security and investment in facility maintenance and tooling can negate risks associated.

Improve your contractor performance with compliance. Find out more >

Low risk / High value

Buying power can be used to achieve the best deal for customers. Buyers need enough information to get the best from the market. This tactical profit approach is synonymous with consumer purchases such as energy and cars.

Low risk / Low value

Using the simplest possible process to find and use suppliers, only basic information is needed for these tactical acquisitions. Furnitue and stationary are such examples of these kinds of purchases.

Supplier differentiation

By differentiating suppliers on the basis of level of risk and value of business you can prioritise use of compliance resources and use strategies that reflect risk and spend to minimise the cost of supply chain management. For example, it’s not necessary to audit all suppliers, which is an expensive way of achieving compliance. This method can be reserved for where the risk and contract value warrants it.

The most basis checks can be reserved for low risk/low value suppliers, such as stationery vendors, where financial health checks will probably suffice. It’s important to ensure financial solvency of all suppliers and processes such as Company Watch, which is a standard element of the Altius compliance service, make this easy. .

Smart technology and outsourcing routine processes can help make assessment simpler and reduce cost. It’s important to use your resources where they will bring benefit to you and your customers, i.e. the ‘Strategic Critical’ supplier category, where you’ve got the most to lose and the highest chance of losing it.

Free guide to managing contractors

To help businesses better manage contractors, Altius has created the free guide, Improving Contractor Performance with Compliance: A Guide for Facilities Managers. The guide can help you find a better approach to supplier management, give tips on objective decision making, and help you find the right tools for monitoring contractor compliance. Download your free guide by clicking here.

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