Government urged to merge health and safety regulations

02 August 2011

Posted by Samuel Couratin

Rather than simply axing legislation relating to health and safety in the UK, the Government should "merge laws", it has been claimed.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is urging Professor Ragnar Lofstedt, who is carrying out a review of such rules, that there is "no scope for cuts".

Chris Grayling, the Employment Minister, has charged Professor Lofstedt with conducting the most wide-ranging examination of health and safety legislation in a generation.

The independent exercise will look at ways of ensuring employers protect workers from ill health and injury in a way that is efficient and the academic is consulting with stakeholders about the issue.

"Our research, evidence and member survey all confirm our view that health and safety law itself isn't at fault - it's the way it’s sometimes interpreted and applied that’s the problem," explained IOSH Executive Director of Policy, Dr Luise Vassie.

The Government is also carrying out its Red Tape Challenge, which aims to identify which rules affecting businesses should be scrapped, reformed or retained in order to reduce the burden of legislation on organizations.

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