Health and Safety Inspections to be reduced

Health and safety inspections to large numbers of workplaces will be reduced following a government announcement.

In the future inspections will be focused on areas considered to be higher risk, such as construction and food production and to companies which have had an accident or a poor safety record.

This step goes hand in hand with plans for changes in safety legislation generally, although organisations will still be liable for civil claims in cases where they appear to have acted negligently

Although the new legislation is still under wraps it is unlikely to change the basic principle of current requirements, where firms are obliged to carry out risk assessments and take measures to reduce risk. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 bought in a duty of care to employees, visitors and contractors as well as requiring employees to take care for their own and others safety. Such basic principles are likely to continue.


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