Risks of personal liability for environmental offences

The first two custodial sentences imposed recently on company directors for environmental offences suggest that officers of companies are now more at risk of going to prison for breaches of environmental legislation than of health and safety rules. But prosecutions of individuals are still much more commonplace in the workplace safety field.

The personal consequences for company officers of being implicated in a health and safety or environmental offence have been sharpened up since the autumn by three prosecutions.

In the first, the director of a quarrying business was disqualified from holding office for two years after the company failed to comply with a prohibition notice (ENDS Report 213, pp 39-40 

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