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Leading body criticises health and safety review

20th December 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has raised concerns about potential changes to health and safety law.

IOSH says that such changes are unnecessary, and could lead to a higher injury rate in the future.

The government plans to eliminate health and safety regulation, such as the responsibility to display warning signs, for all self-employed people. IOSH has said that this would be a backward step.

Richard Jones, IOSH’s head of policy and public affairs, said: “IOSH is disappointed and concerned that the Committee has not recommended the removal of the clause exempting certain self-employed from health and safety law.”

However, IOSH did manage to agree with the government on one issue, namely the proposal to scrap laws that were “no longer of practical use”.

Mr Jones said that this would prevent relevant laws from being “inadvertently lost”, and would ensure that the UK’s legislation remained independent and objective.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801674923-ADNFCR


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