Government reveals health and safety regulation changes

Employers with a history of keeping their members of staff safe and therefore avoiding personal injury claims will no longer undergo inspections by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the government has announced.

Employment minister and MP for Epsom and Ewell Chris Grayling has revealed in a speech given at an event attended by health and safety chiefs that regulation will now primarily be focused on combating the minority of organisations that flout the rules as opposed to "tying up the vast majority of Britain's businesses in unnecessary red tape and regulations".

Under the changes, HSE officials will now concentrate their efforts on high-risk locations such as major energy stations as well as "rogue" businesses, which will result in the number of inspections taking place declining by a minimum of 33 per cent.

Mr Grayling commented: "We need common sense at the heart of the system and these measures will help root out the needless burden of bureaucracy ... this will help us make Britain a more growth focused, entrepreneurial nation."

Posted by Craig Williams

21/03/2011 17:00