Health and safety burden needs review, says EEF

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Manufacturers are increasing their investment in health and safety and continue to see significant benefits from this, according to a survey published by the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

However, the cost of complying with regulations is increasing and manufacturers’ views of its benefits and of their relationship with regulators has become “substantially less positive”, added the organisation.

As a result, the EEF is challenging the government to become more active in its involvement with Europe on reviewing health and safety directives while also stepping up the pace of reforming UK health and safety regulations.

The report, ‘Making Health and Safety Work for Business: removing unnecessary Health and Safety Burdens’, is published ahead of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) 2013 conference and outlines the EEF’s ambition to reduce the cost to business of dealing with health and safety requirements.

Terry Woolmer, head of health and safety policy at the EEF, said: “Industry has made great strides to make health & safety part of business best practice and senior managers are leading by example. Manufacturers are seeing benefits to their business from their investment in health and safety. But at the same time, the cost of complying with health and safety regulation is increasing and manufacturers are becoming less positive about its benefits and their relationship with the regulator.

“We need to see government take the lead in building an alliance for change in Europe and ensure that the review of European legislation delivers genuine results for British business.”