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Progress Report Health Safety Reforms Feb 2013

Progress Report Health Safety Reforms Feb 2013

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A progress report onimplementation of healthand safety reforms
February 2013
 
A progress report on implementation of health and safetyreforms February2013 
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A progress report on implementation of health and safety reforms – February 2013
Foreword by Minister for Employment
Since taking office as the Minister for Employment I have been struck by the impacthealth and safety issues can have on the lives of individuals and businesses acrossthe UK. As a society when we get this right it can act as an enabler as demonstratedby the successful building and delivery of the London Olympics and ParalympicsGames. However, we do not always get it right as evidenced by the frequent storiesof a risk averse or bureaucratic approach to managing trivial or remote risks – or theway in which ‘health and safety’ is used as a catch-all justification for unpopulardecisions.There are real signs of change in the right direction. I am particularly encouraged bythe positive endorsement given by Professor Löfstedt in his independent One-Year-On assessment of the Government’s progress with health and safety reform,published today on the DWP website. Achievements to date include;Proposals to streamline HSE's Approved Codes of Practice, which would seesix simplified Codes, a further six withdrawn through consolidation and threewithdrawn outright.Seven sets of obsolete or redundant health and safety regulations have alreadybeen revoked, with a further 13 on track for revocation in April 2013.A whole new package of guidance for small businesses to really make basiccompliance with health and safety law as simple and straightforward aspossible. This includes ‘Health and Safety Made Simple’ and in September 2012the ‘Health and Safety Toolbox’ which together have had over 700,000 visitorssince they were launched.The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (ERR) Bill currently before parliamentcontains clauses to strengthen the Primary Authority scheme, to reduce burdenson business by ensuring greater consistency of inspection and enforcement formulti-site organisations.Clauses in the ERR Bill are also amending the Health and Safety at Work Act1974 so that in future, unless the legislation provides for an exception, it will onlybe possible to bring a claim for compensation in respect of a breach of health andsafety legislation where it can be proved the employer has been negligent. Thisis fairer, ensuring employers will have the opportunity to defend themselves onthe basis of having taken all reasonable precautions.The HSE’s Myth Busters Challenge Panel is providing a mechanism for anyone – companies, organisations and individuals – to challenge claims made about

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