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Health and safety laws to be trimmed back

  • Published: Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Health and safety rules will be changed to focus on high hazard sites and tackling rogue employers and consultants, the government has announced. It is hoped the changes will cut unnecessary red tape and regulations and help support economic growth.

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Under the new plans, responsible employers in non-major hazard industries will no longer face automatic health and safety inspections.

Instead, health and safety inspectors will concentrate on high risk locations, like major energy facilities. There will also be a greater focus on rogue employers who are putting the safety of their staff and the public at risk.

As a result of these changes, the number of health and safety inspections carried out in the UK will be cut by at least a third.

An independent review of all existing health and safety laws will also be carried out to identify opportunities to simplify the rules and reduce unnecessary burdens on business.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) chair, Judith Hackitt, said: "HSE remains focused on preventing death, serious injury and ill health to those at work and those affected by work activities. With even better targeting of our activities we will further help small businesses to understand what they need to do.

"This will enable us to give the highest level of attention to those areas with the potential to cause most harm and where we can have the greatest impact."

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