Health and safety regulations to be reviewed – again…

Professor Ragnar Löfstedt, director of the King’s Centre for Risk Management at King’s College, London, will lead the review which will consider the opportunities for reducing the burden of health and safety legislation on UK businesses while maintaining the progress made in improving health and safety outcomes.

The intention is to explore the scope for consolidating, simplifying or abolishing regulations but, at the same time, examine whether a clear link exists between regulation and positive health and safety performance.

Building on Lord Young’s findings regarding the compensation culture, the Löfstedt review will scrutinise whether there is any evidence of inappropriate litigation and compensation arising from health and safety legislation. It will also look at whether changes to legislation could help clarify the legal position of employers in situations where employees act in an irresponsible manner and compromise safety.

In addition, the review will assess whether the requirements of EU directives are being ‘gold-plated’ during their transposition into UK law. Comparisons between the UK’s system and health and safety regimes in other countries will also be undertaken in an effort to see if any lessons can be learned.

Note: None of the 16 Acts owned and enforced by the HSE – including the HSWA 1974 – fall under the review team’s remit. Instead, the focus will be on the other statutory instruments owned and enforced by the HSE and its local-authority partners – estimated by the DWP at around 200 – and associated Approved Codes of Practice that provide advice on compliance with health and safety law.

We feel that the outcome will not have much effect on the current crop of legislation but the view of the gold plating of European legislation into UK law will hopefully make some interesting points.  We will of course update you in due course.

Breakfast and Lunch Clubs at Gloucester Rugby Club

We would like to invite you and a colleague or supplier to a new round of our very popular Breakfast and Lunch Clubs just about to start with venues including Gloucester Rugby Club.

If you haven’t been able to meet up with us and share a coffee and bacon sandwich up to now please put the following dates in your diary. We also look forward to welcoming all the clients who have previously attended to another round of these meetings.

Topics covered
• Managing sickness absence through health and medical surveillance
• What role occupational health services can play in protecting your business
• Health surveillance and health and safety – what most people miss
• Plus updates about new and changing regulations in H&S and HR including insights on recent case law and prosecutions
Dates and venues:
Breakfast: Arrive 8.00 for 8.30am – Presentations 8.30 – 9.30am;
Lunch: Arrive 12.00 for 12.30am – Presentations 12.30 – 13.30am

Breakfast Clubs
• 8am Thursday, June 16th, Gloucester Rugby Club GL1 3AX
• 8am Thursday, June 23rd, Holiday Inn Express, Cheltenham GL50 4AP
• 8am Thursday, June 30th, Forest Hills Golf Club, Coleford, GL16 7QD
Lunch Clubs
• 12pm Thursday, June 16th, Kestrel Court, Quedgeley GL2 2AT
• 12pm Thursday, June 23rd, Stratton House Hotel, Cirencester GL7 2LE
Book your place online here; http://www.outsource-safety.co.uk/online-booking-form.html or just contact us by replying to the email or by calling 01453 800100
Notes:
These are not networking events! You may meet likeminded businesses but the purpose of the sessions is purely to update the attendees on HR and H&S issues – please respect this. Places are limited, please confirm your attendance as soon as possible. Joining instructions will be sent to you prior to the meeting by email so please ensure that we have your email address and that our e-mails are permitted by any anti-spam filters you have.