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Govt announces changes to health and safety laws

29th November 2011 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

The government has confirmed plans to start a major cut back of health and safety red tape, potentially triggering changes to companies' safety signage.

A challenge panel will be established from 1st January, allowing businesses to have the decisions of health and safety inspectors overturned if they are proved to be incorrect.

Minister for employment Chris Grayling said: "From the beginning we said getting the regulation of health and safety right is important to everyone. By accepting the recommendations of Professor Löfstedt we are putting common sense back at the heart of health and safety."

Mr Grayling noted that the reforms will root out unnecessary bureaucracy, while offering a significant boost to the million self-employed people who will be moved out of health and safety.

His remarks follow the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health's (IOSH) call for work-related traffic accidents to be included in the government's official statistics.

IOSH wants incidents to be recognised under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995. ADNFCR-2754-ID-801224148-ADNFCR

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