The report concluded that there is no evidence for radically altering health and safety legislation.
Lofstedt report recommendations
The report makes a number of recommendations, which if adopted in full over the coming years include:
- Exempting those self-employed whose work activities pose no potential risk of harm to others, from health and safety law
- That legislation is changed to give HSE the authority to direct all local authority health and safety inspection and enforcement activity, in order to ensure that it is consistent and targeted towards the most risky workplace
- Health and safety guidance for small businesses will be much simpler
- Low risk businesses that manage their responsibilities properly will no longer be visited by inspectors
- Approved Codes of Practice should be revised to give businesses clear practical examples of how to comply with the law
- The removal of unnecessary regulations and the clarification/review of a number of regulations including those relating to first aid, electricity, RIDDOR, Construction and Working at Height
- A simpler accident reporting regime
Download a copy of the Lofstedt report
You can access and download a PDF copy of the full Lofstedt report here.
It is 110 pages, so once we’ve finished digesting it and developments in the coming months we’ll keep you posted.
Download a copy of the Government response
You can access and download a PDF copy of the Government response here.
This is 19 pages and outlines the government intention to follow through with the recommendations.
Meanwhile, if you want to discuss specific aspects of the report, or health and safety in general for your business or organisation please contact Acorn.