CBI backs health and safety cuts
Posted by Ben Alexander
The CBI has approved government plans to reduce the number of health and safety inspections on companies.
From next April, premises that are perceived as low risk, including shops, offices and pubs, will be exempt from the investigations, with companies only facing checks if they are operating in high-risk areas such as construction.
Up to 3,000 regulations will also be altered or scrapped in order to promote business growth.
Commenting on the news, the CBI noted that the move would be beneficial to smaller firms.
"Given that half of firms say health and safety checks are a burden, and they are disproportionately costly for smaller firms, freeing low-risk businesses from tick-box inspections makes obvious sense.
"Crucially, this will also focus inspectors’ time on the cases that really matter," Katja Hall, CBI chief policy director, said.
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is another organisation that has welcomed the move, explaining that the decision will help to save both time and money for companies.
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