Health and safety relaxed in workplace?

February 15th, 2013 Category: Building Management

Building management has become a lot easier over the past year, with health and safety reforms increasingly relaxing difficult legislation and policies in favour of a more common-sense centric approach.

This is according to the Department of Work and Pensions, which has today published a progress report on the implementation of such reforms as part of Professor Lofstedt's 2011 review, entitled, "Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent Review of health and safety legislation".

The piece made a number of recommendations designed to engage with EU officials in simplifying the structure of health and safety in offices and workplaces throughout the UK.

These included significant alterations to the procedures required when an accident at work has occurred in the case of an employee being unable to carry out their normal duties, with the relevant reporting period being extended from three to seven days.

The changes to how accidents are recorded will save companies a grand total of £5 million over the course of ten years, while the simplification of energy production safety laws will contribute a staggering £30 million worth of savings for firms.

"For too long businesses have been confused by health and safety regulations which cost them money and take up time when they should be focusing on growth," commented minister for employment Mark Hoban.

He added that, while businesses recognise the essential nature of health and safety, the focus should be on areas where risks are high.

In order to reflect this, the government is reviewing regulatory framework on how health and safety is applied in the most dangerous industries, with those involving biocides, petroleum, mining, explosives and generically modified organisms carrying the most emphasis.

Further changes to health and safety are expected to be made in conjunction with a report from Lord Young of Graffhams, which has already seen 23 major changes to policy out of 35 recommendations.