Progress report launched on health and safety regulatory reform

Employment minister Chris Grayling has launched a progress report on the implementation of the Government’s health and safety reforms.

The report contains information on the progress made so far on implementing the recommendations of both Professor Ragnar Löfstedt and Lord Young of Graffham in the wake of their recent reviews of the health and safety system in the UK.

The report, published on the DWP website, details what has been completed, is ongoing, and is yet to be initiated with regard to six areas for reform identified in the Löfstedt review, published at the end of last year, and the recommendations made by Lord Young in ‘Common Sense, Common Safety’, published in October 2010.

Tasks already met include:

  • An independent evaluation of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 which has been published by the HSE
  • The new guidance on Portable Appliance Testing which was published on 30 April 2012, replacing two previous sets of guidance
  • The extension of the reporting period under RIDDOR 1995 from three to seven days
  • The establishment of two independent challenge panels