Builders' Merchants News

Common sense reform of H&S regs welcomed

Published:  23 March, 2011

LONDON: The government plans "a new start for health and safety regulation for Britain's businesses," said Work and Pensions Minister, Chris Grayling.

The British Safety Council has welcomed the proposed reforms of health and safety. Lynda Armstrong, chair of the trustees of the British Safety Council, said: "We have always encouraged a professional, proportionate and knowledgeable approach to managing safety in the workplace. These recommendations support our aims and we look forward to consulting our members on the proposals. Their views will help inform our submission to government."

The review will be put out to public consultation. The main proposals announced by the government are to:

  • modernise the health and safety inspection regime with inspectors concentrating on high risk locations and irresponsible employers
  • take steps to eliminate 'cowboy' health and safety consultants through the operation of the occupational health and safety consultants' register, which has already received over 1500 registrations
  • make health and safety advice and guidance for small and low risk businesses simple, accessible and bureaucracy-free
  • review existing health and safety law with a view to scrapping measures that are an unnecessary burden on business.

This review will be chaired by Professor Ragnar E Lofstedt of King's College, London, supported by an independent advisory panel and publish its findings this autumn.