Health and safety review completed

The general sweep of requirements set out in health and safety regulation are broadly fit for purpose, a review of health and safety legislation to which the Society contributed has found.

However, Reclaiming Health and Safety for All, the report by Professor Ragnar Lofstedt, says that there are a few regulations that offer little benefit to health and safety and should be removed, revised or clarified. Chief among these are the particular the duties for self-employed people whose work activities pose no risk of harm to others.

The report says the most serious problem in the health and safety field is that regulatory requirements are misunderstood and applied inappropriately. The report makes recommendation that seek to address this problem by:

  • streamlining the body of regulation through consolidation;
  • redirecting enforcement activity towards businesses where there is the greatest risk of injury or ill health;
  • rebalancing the civil justice system by clarifying the status of pre-action protocols and reviewing strict liability provisions.

Ragnar E. Löfstedt is Professor of Risk Management and the Director of King’s Centre for Risk Management at King’s College London. HIs report can be downloaded free of charge from The Stationery Office online bookshop.