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New statutory code to underpin inspection cuts

27th September 2012
 From April next year, low-risk businesses such as shops and offices will no longer be subject to proactive health and safety inspections unless a genuine employee complaint or notification of an actual incident is made to the HSE.Exempting low-risk businesses from proactive inspections has been part of Government policy since March 2011, when former safety minister Chris Grayling launched the...
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Defra announces deregulation plans

27th September 2012
 The UK government has published its timetable for reforming environmental legislation following the recommendations of the red tape challenge. Defra has outlined its plans to remove, condense and simplify environmental regulation over the next four years, pledging to prioritise changes that  will make “meaningful improvements for business” and reduce the “administrative...
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2012 - 2017 Changes to packaging regulations

30th August 2012
 In March, DEFRAannounced that the Government will bring forward legislation to set new targets for packaging recycling and recovery from 2013 – 2017. The headline is an annual increase in the overall recovery rate of 1% per year taking us from 74% to 79% which does not alarm us. The painful detail is:•    An annual increase of 5% for plastic, taking plastic from 32%...
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Public consultation on proposals to simplify and clarify RIDDOR reporting requirements

28th August 2012
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has opened a consultation on proposals to simplify and clarify how businesses comply with the requirements under the Reporting of Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (as amended) (RIDDOR ’95). The review is part of HSE’s work to make it easier for businesses and other users to understand what they need to do to comply with...
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Draft Guidance on Fee for Intervention (FFI) available

28th August 2012
Fee for Intervention (FFI) will come into effect on 1 October 2012, subject to Parliamentary approval of the proposed Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012. These Regulations will put a duty on HSE to recover its costs for carrying out its regulatory functions from those found to be in material breach of health and safety law. This will shift some of the cost of health and safety regulation from...
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Biggest fine yet in third corporate manslaughter conviction

24th July 2012
 A Manchester storage-products manufacturer was been sentenced on 20 July after becoming the third company in the UK to be convicted under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.Lion Steel Equipment Ltd, based in Hyde, Greater Manchester was ordered to pay a fine of £480,000 in relation to the death of worker Steven Berry in 2008. Mr Berry fell through a fragile...
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