HSE to bring local authorities into line?

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Local authorities have jurisdiction for enforcing health and safety legislation for a significant number of types of businesses and premises, including shops, hotels, warehouses, pubs and clubs. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the leading authority for health and safety enforcement, but having two separate bodies interpreting and enforcing the same legislation can lead to a lack of consistency in approach.

The HSE has always encouraged local authorities to investigate and enforce in a way consistent with its own. However, as part of the review of the health and safety legal landscape, the Lofstedt Report recognised a problem and recommended that the HSE be given a stronger role in directing local authority health and safety inspection and enforcement activity.

Added to this, we have the Government’s Red Tape Challenge – a commitment to cut down the bureaucracy facing UK business; this includes reducing health and safety legislation as well as how this is enforced…

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