Who is Professor Lofstedt? Is his report relevant to my business
In 2011 the Government asked Professor Löfstedt to carry our an urgent review of current health and safety law. His report “Reclaiming Health and Safety for all: an independent review of health and safety legislation” was accepted by Government in late 2011 and already a number of initiatives have been announced including changes to Codes of Practice, withdrawing some and combining others and an intention to reduce the amount of regulations by up to 50% over the next three years.
This is potentially good news for employers but we must wait until these changes go through the consultative stages to become law and then to assess just what the impact will be. The team at Britrisk will be watching developments closely and will keep you informed via our newsletters and on our website.
An area of particular importance for amenity employers will be deciding whether they are operating in a ‘low risk environment’ and might be exempted from having a detailed safety management system including risk assessments. Without a competent person to assist with making these vital decisions, particularly where work equipment and chemical substances are involved, there is a risk of misinterpretation that could lead to some serious shortcomings in the employers duties