As a part of the Government’s Better Regulation Agenda the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have initiated a dedicated project to help small and medium size businesses (SMEs) to fulfil their health and safety requirements as outlined by law. With this initiative HSE aims to reduce the cost of risk assessment to most business by a third.
Speaking at an event that announced a number of government better regulation initiatives HSC Chair Sir Bill Callaghan said, “What has come to be known as ‘elfandsafety’ can be a frustrating business. In part it’s frustrating because so many of the stories you hear are based on misinterpretations of the law, or the misguided actions of a few individuals. In reality much health and safety law is flexible, but it can be intimidating if you are not sure what is required.”