HSE to bring local authorities into line?
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…
If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the link below to read the rest of the Shoosmiths briefing. If not, please register or sign in with your details below.
Sign in or Register to continue reading this article
It's quick, easy and free!
Why register to The Lawyer
More relevant to you
News from Shoosmiths
News from The Lawyer
Briefings from Shoosmiths
To clarify the key employment policies of each political party, Shoosmiths has summarised each of the parties’ positions below.
Three recent events have encouraged the Health and Safety Sentencing Council in its task…
Analysis from The Lawyer
Compliance and corporate governance codes for large financial institutions will undoubtedly include provisions to regulate high pay in the future
There’s more to the ABS model than attracting the man in the street and procuring external investment. Partners at the big corporate firms, take note…