The prime minister has faced backlash from health and safety professionals following yesterday’s pledge to change a number of the industry's regulations.
Speaking to small business owners at a PM Direct event at Intuit's headquarters in Maidenhead, David Cameron promised to kill the “health and safety monster” and tackle the “excessive health and safety culture that has become an albatross around the neck of British businesses”.
The prime minister introduced changes to a number of health and safety rules, including:
- Plans to abolish up to half of all existing regulations by the end of the year.
- Capping the amount that lawyers can earn from small value personal injury claims up to £25,000
- Businesses will no longer have to report minor accidents in the workplace from 6 April
- A new panel will give firms the right to challenge controversial inspection decisions; and
- Changes to the health and safety law on strict liability for civil claims.
Steve Radley, director of policy at manufacturers’ organisation, EEF, was also adamant about the need not to confuse ‘compensation culture’ with overall ‘health and safety culture’, which was a “different issue altogether”.
The government's focus on reducing health and saftey follow the chancellor's announcement in his autumn statement that employment law and health and safety reforms would be tackled in the next phase of the Red Tape Challenge.