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Ministers aim to end confusion over health and safety work experience

24th June 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

The government has announced plans for it to be easier for employers to take on work experience students.

In a commitment to debunking health and safety myths, Mark Hoban, Vince Cable, Matthew Hancock, Oliver Letwin and Michael Fallon have put forward their commitment to end health and safety bureaucracy by building on progress made by the Red Tape Challenge.

Minister for employment Mark Hoban said: “We know that work experience gives young people vital insights into the world of work, encourages them to aspire to great things, and helps them to prepare for their future.”

He noted that a “crazy cornucopia” of rules have discouraged employers from taking young people on in the past.

Following the cross-government action, the insurance industry has committed to treat work experience students as employees for the purposes of insurance against bodily injury.

As well as this, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued guidance relating to employers’ obligations in relation to risk assessments.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801602918-ADNFCR


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