Andrew Bridgen MP welcomes Löfstedt review recommendations

Andrew Bridgen MP has welcomed the recommendations of Professor Löfstedt’s report in Health and Safety following a six-month consultation period.

Andrew, the MP for North West Leicestershire, sat on the advisory panel for the review and said the report was a “major step forward in clarifying and simplifying regulations around Health and Safety.”

The report commissioned by the Department of Works and Pensions considered the opportunities for reducing the burden of health and safety legislation on UK businesses while maintaining the progress made in improving health and safety outcomes. The review was carried out under the chairmanship of leading risk management specialist Professor Ragnar Löfstedt.

Amongst the report’s findings is the recommendation to exempt the self employed from health and safety legislation where they pose no risk of harm to others, a review of Approved Codes of Practices, a review of the benefits of Health and Safety legislation which has emanated from the European Union and the recommendation that the Health and Safety Executive take over all inspection and enforcement of Health and Safety in the workplace.

As well as this the report recommends the scrapping and amendment of several further Health and Safety regulations and that a debate is opened up about risk in society to ensure everyone has a better understanding of risk.

Andrew said: ‘It has been an honour to advise on this review and I would urge the Government to implement the recommendations of Professor Löfstedt. I believe it will lead to a lifting of the burden of unnecessary regulation from business whilst maintaining the progress made on health and safety.

“I also support the rebalancing of responsibility for Health and safety to include not just employers but also employees and visitors who should share in a duty not to put themselves or those around them in danger. In addition to this I welcome moves to address the role of the legal profession in driving over compliance as companies fear the compensation culture that has developed over recent years.

“There are several issues which the report raises regarding the understanding that business and the public have around Health and Safety as well as the amount of Health and Safety legislation which comes directly from the European Union. These are issues which I expect to be addressed during this Parliamentary term.”


Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con): May I thank my right hon. Friend for his Department’s swift adoption of the Löfstedt review’s recommendations today? Does he agree that when introduced they will have the capacity not only to reduce the burden of red tape on organisations, but to improve their understanding of health and safety and therefore its effectiveness?

Chris Grayling: I agree absolutely with my hon. Friend. I pay tribute to him and the hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Andrew Miller), who took part in the panel working with the TUC, the British Chambers of Commerce, John Armitt, who runs the Olympic Delivery Authority, and Professor Löfstedt himself, for putting together a report that gives a really good blueprint for the future of health and safety regulation that will ease the burden on business without endangering life and limb in the workplace—the core purpose of health and safety laws.

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