Final Report on Health and Safety Reforms


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Posted on 31 Mar 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions has issued its final progress report on the Health and Safety Executive’s achievements in delivering reforms to health and safety legislation and guidance.

The report indicates that the HSE has simplified and modernised a large amount of regulation to ensure that the system in Great Britain continues to remain fit for purpose. The HSE has reduced the overall stock of legislation by 50% without compromising standards of protection for workers. It has also undertaken an extensive review of guidance. The changes have impacted on companies in many ways ensuring that health and safety remains a priority to all companies. 

Most recently, the passage of the Deregulation Act 2015 has provided the means to exempt from health and safety law some 1.8 million self-employed jobs in occupations that present no potential risk to others. 

The focus of health and safety regulators is now concentrating on higher risk industries. 

The Report can be viewed here.

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