Neal Stone responds to the planned 35% reduction in HSE services

9 Mar

The British Safety Council has urged the government to have a public debate about the future of health and safety regulation. 

We have very real concerns about the potential impact of the planned 35% reduction over the course of the next four years on HSE resources and its capability to enforce compliance and investigate potential breaches of health and safety law. 

The evidence is clear that enforcement has a powerful role to play in encouraging compliance with health and safety law. A significant reduction in HSE’s enforcement capability and in reactive and proactive inspections could well have an unintended consequence. There is real potential for these reduction measures to be a contributory factor in the incidence and number of workplace accidents increasing. But we must also be pragmatic and understand that for these cuts to be reversed flies in the face of reality.

Part of that public debate must be about ensuring that HSE utilises its considerable resources efficiently and effectively. It is essential that all key stakeholders including government, the regulator, trade associations, trade unions and health and safety bodies like the British Safety Council actively participate in that debate.


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