On 6 April 2013, the Health & Safety (Miscellaneous Repeals, Revocations and Amendments) Regulations 2013 came into force. The Regulations repeal the Celluloid and Cinematograph Film Act 1922 and revoke 12 other regulations (along with related provisions in the Factories Act 1961). Consequential amendments are also made to the Dangerous Substances (Notification and Marking of Sites) Regulations 1990 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

The repeals and revocations implement Professor Löfstedt's recommendations in his report ‘Reclaiming health and safety for all: an independent review of health and safety regulation’. They also form part of the Department for Work & Pensions wider initiative to remove unnecessary ‘Red Tape’ and consolidate health and safety regulations where possible.

The HSE has noted that these changes aim to make health and safety legislation “simpler and clearer”. Although some opposition is said to have been made to the changes, the HSE regards that such “do no compromise essential health and safety protections”. Indeed, some key protective regulations have been incorporated into other legislation. For example, the requirement to provide head protection on construction sites will remain under the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992.

The HSE has also indicated that it will be taking steps to raise awareness of the impact of the reforms. For more information on the reforms and for a full list of the regulations affected, please click here.

To view the Regulations themselves, please click here.