In late 2014 trials were rolled out across select small businesses to measure the success of withdrawing all Health and Safety legislation, in place of the new Common Sense Act which puts the responsibility on the individuals rather than the business owners.
After careful testing and measuring the decision was made to revoke all existing Health and Safety legislation and introduce the Common Sense Act 2016. The regulations affected by this are as follows:
- The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
- The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992
- The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
- The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
- The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013
- The Working Time Regulations 1998 (as amended)
This means that as of April 1st 2016 all businesses will be obligated to act under the new legislation, with full training courses to be undertaken before June 2016.
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