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Basic health and safety is not rocket science

24th April 2012 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

Adhering to health and safety laws in the construction sector is not "rocket science", one specialist has underlined.

The Health and Safety at Work Act was released in 1974 and is unbelievably straightforward to follow, while section four of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations basically concerns how to manage a construction site, according to a representative from Construction Safety.

Phil Johnson, director at Construction Safety, said: "The (health and safety) regulations have been out for quite a while and there's never been anything wrong with them in my opinion."

Mr Johnson went on to describe the current health and safety order as "relatively sensible", but conceded that some organisations take it "too far" occasionally.

These remarks follow employment minister Chris Grayling's claim that recent alterations to legislation means that businesses have saved thousands of hours which would have previously been spent filling in forms.

Employers no longer need to report injuries which keep staff off for up to seven days, while they previously had to take note of any issue that kept them out of the workplace for over three.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801347451-ADNFCR


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