Some recent events of interest:
Common Sense, Common Safety - Legislation Changes To Come In UK
Lord Young of Graffham has reviewed the operation of health and safety law in the United Kingdom at the request of the UK prime minister, David Cameron. The review focused on whether the implementation of the current system is too restrictive on low risk activities at work and home. Another focus was on whether the laws were inhibiting rescue responders from saving accident victims (http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/lordyoung/index.htm).
Some of the main findings:
- current law is suitable and appropriate for hazardous occupations - although maybe overly bureaucratic (paragraph one of executive summary of report, page 11).
- simplified systems are needed for low risk occupations and voluntary organisations (page 15 of report).
- exemptions for employers where employees work from home in low hazard occupations (page 15 of report).
- have professional accreditation systems for health and safety consultants
Lord Young - "Common Sense Common Safety" (subtitled: A report by Lord Young of Graffham to the Prime Minister following a Whitehall‑wide review of the operation of health and safety laws and the growth of the compensation culture) (The full report can be accessed at http://www.number10.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/402906_CommonSense_acc.pdf).
Google Art Project
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