New inquiry into health and safety in Scotland

4 Apr

Today the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee announced a new inquiry into health and safety in Scotland with a particular focus, amongst other things, on : the effectiveness of regulation; the roles and divisions of responsibilities between the various health and safety bodies including prosecuting authorities; the impact of regulation on business; how HSE in Scotland compares with the effectiveness of HSE in England and Wales and HSE NI in Northern Ireland, and; the impact of budget reductions on HSE’s work as a whole and Scotland in particular.

The Committee has asked that evidence from interested parties be submitted by 16 June 2011. 

The British Safety Council will be consulting its member organisations based in and/or operating in Scotland concerning the issues that go to the heart of the review. These views will shape our evidence. It is essential that health and safety in Scotland is not looked at in isolation from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We will be looking to the Commons Work and Pensions and the Northern Ireland Affairs Committees to undertake parallel inquiries to the one announced today.

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