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A new National Local Authority Enforcement Code for health and safety at work will shortly be launched by the HSE. This is a significant development, in particular for local authorities and businesses that are regulated by local authorities for health and safety at work (responsibility for health and safety enforcement is split between local authorities and the HSE, primarily according to the main activity that takes place in workplaces). Local authorities are under a legal duty to make adequate arrangements for the enforcement of health and safety legislation in accordance with guidance issued by the HSE, and therefore must have regard to the new Code.
The Code, which is expected to be published in April/May 2013, was developed in response to the Professor Ragnar Löfstedt report Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health and safety legislation, published in November 2011. Professor Löfstedt recommended that the HSE to be given a stronger role in directing local authority health and safety inspection activity to ensure local authority regulators take a more consistent and proportionate approach to enforcement... To see this information in full, subscribe to Jordans Health and Safety Online. Already a subscriber - Login here
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