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RR607 - International comparison of (a) techniques used by state bodies to obtain compliance with health and safety law and accountability for administrative and criminal offences and (b) sentences for criminal offences

This report provides an overview of the intervention and sentencing strategies practiced in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the USA, the Canadian states of Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia, and the Australian states of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria to promote compliance with occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation, reduce work related ill-health and injury, and to hold to account those responsible for breaches. The basic purpose of the review is to provide a better understanding of the basic form and effectiveness of the main regulatory strategies and sentencing options used in these regulatory jurisdictions as well as a clearer idea of contemporary trends in regulatory practice and sentencing overseas.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2009-05-01