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Changes to health and safety laws

18-May-2013

In the UK, the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Repeals, Revocations and Amendments) Regulations 2013 came into force on the 6th April 2013, repealing one Act and revoking twelve statutory instruments (plus a related provision in the Factories Act 1961).

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has stated that these measures have either been overtaken by more recent Regulations, are redundant or do not deliver the intended benefits. They insist that these changes do not compromise essential health and safety protections and the aim is to make the legislative framework simpler and clearer.

This work forms part of wider reforms to help employers understand quickly and easily what they need to do to manage workplace risks.

HSE is taking action to raise awareness of the changes, particularly in relation to the revocation of the Construction (Head Protection) Regulations. They are working with the construction industry (particularly small contractors) to ensure that employers understand the continuing need for hard hats. The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992 have been amended so that they cover the provision and use of head protection on construction sites, thus maintaining the level of legal protection.

The full list of measures being removed are:

Notification of Conventional Tower Cranes (Amendment) Regulations 2010
Notification of Conventional Tower Cranes Regulations 2010
Notification of Installations Handling Hazardous Substances (Amendment) Regulations 2002
Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989
Docks, Shipbuilding etc (Metrication) Regulations 1983
Notification of Installations Handling Hazardous Substances Regulations 1982
Locomotives etc Regulations 1906 (Metrication) Regulations 1981
Gasholders and Steam Boilers (Metrication) Regulations 1981
Celluloid and Cinematograph Film Act 1922 (Exemptions) Regulations 1980
Celluloid and Cinematograph Film Act 1922 (Repeals and Modifications) Regulations 1974
Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing Regulations 1960
Gasholders (Record of Examinations) Order 1938
Celluloid and Cinematograph Film Act 1922
Santia offers construction health and safety services to help businesses comply with the HSE industry specific guidelines. Failure to comply can lead to significant personal and business costs.

http://www.santia.co.uk/who-we-are/news/changes-to-health-and-safety-laws/


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