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Overhaul of guidance on Work at Height launched

5th March 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

The UK government has launched new guidance for those working at height as part of a large-scale bid to make things easier for businesses by cutting the red tape.

The government has identified over 3,000 regulations that are set to be removed or improved as part of its Red Tape Challenge. These were partly chosen by businesses and the UK public, which identified the regulations that were holding them back. 

In support, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has overhauled its guidance aimed at the 10million people who regularly work at height, making it simpler and clearer to understand what the law requires.

Mike Penning, the health and safety minister, said: "As part of the government’s long-term economic plan, it’s vital that businesses are not bogged down in complicated red tape and instead have useable advice about protecting their workers."

The HSE has also published a list of common safety myths, to help businesses that may have been confused or misled about what is needed when working at height.

Judith Hackitt, chair of the HSE, said: "We have a sensible set of regulations and have been working with business to improve our guidance – making it simpler and clearer and dispelling some of the persistent myths about what the law requires."ADNFCR-2754-ID-801687565-ADNFCR


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