This is an update to keep you all in the loop!
What is the Loftstedt Report?
Back in November 2011, the government published a review of health and safety regulation entitled “Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health and safety legislation“. The review by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt of Kings College, and supported by an independent panel, reviewed over 200 sets of health and safety regulations and 53 approved codes of practice.
Whats the aim?
- To consolidate the legislation into more concise, manageable and understandable formats.
- To ensure that the health and safety legislation is doing what it was intended to do and responses are proportionate (not excessive).
- To reduce the financial and time burden on businesses.
So what’s changing?…
26 changes were suggested to government but here’s the main elements!
- Those who are self-employed and their work activities pose no potential risk of harm to others are exempt from H&S law.
- The HSE are to review all 53 codes of practice to ensure they are achieving what they were set out to.
- The HSE to consolidate legislation for certain sectors / high risks.
- The HSE be given the power to control local authority (in order to ensure that H&S focus remains on the most risky).
- review legislation such as Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 to reduce “over compliance” with particular attention to PAT testing.
- Clarification of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 to ensure employers responses are proportionate and not above what the legislation originally intended.
- Removal of the need for training providers to be approved by the HSE for the provision of training to the Health and Safety (first aid) regulations 1981.**
** ATS have specific interest in the outcome of this recommendation. The full document has in principle been approved by government although timescales for changes are still unclear.
So what now?…
We are VERY interested to see the outcome of this report. While on the face of it, the intent seems very positive, it has been met with mixed reviews.
HSE approved first aid training providers are obviously concerned there will be an influx of “lower quality” providers AND an increased cost to deliver training accredited by an awarding body such as OFQUAL (as many clients may prefer).
One review of the report recently published suggests that the financial implications could only save employers pence per year! We can’t argue that a simplification / clarification of legislation is a good thing.
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