The Health and Safety Executive (“HSE”) is continuing to work towards delivering the recommendations set out in Professor Löftsted’s independent review of health and safety legislation named Reclaiming health and safety for all published in November 2011 and available here.
As part of this, and Government initiatives to reduce red tape, the HSE has identified further areas where measures are no longer required. On this basis the HSE has issued a consultative document seeking opinions on their proposal to remove fourteen legislative measures as it is felt these are either redundant, covered by more up to date legislation or do not deliver their expected benefits.
The consultation document has handily been divided into annexes grouping the legislation by sector to help the reader pinpoint what is relevant to them. The legislation the HSE proposes to repeal is accompanied with a rationale for why it is no longer required and relative consultation questions for consideration. The annexes are as follows:
- Annex 1: Celluloid and Cinematograph Film legislation;
- Annex 2: Notification of Conventional Tower Cranes Regulations (which only came into force in 2010) and Construction (Head Protection) Regulations;
- Annex 3: Notification of Installations Handling Hazardous Substances Regulations;
- Annex 4: Gasholders (Record of Examinations) Order (and Section 39(2) of Factories Act 1961);
- Annex 5: Docks Regulations and Shipbuilding and Ship-Repairing Regulations; and
- Annex 6: Metrication Regulations
Responses are welcomed in relation to any annex that may be of interest.
Consultation is now open and will end on 4 July 2012. To view the consultative document and for information on how to respond, please click here.