The Institute of Directors today welcomed the establishment of a new panel to challenge over-the-top interpretations of Health and Safety laws, but also called for the new panel to be accompanied by a key change in the practices of the Health and Safety Executive.
Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors, said:
“Anything that will help to root out excessive and overly restrictive interpretations of health and safety rules is a good thing. We all know examples of where health and safety has been cited as the reason for really absurd decisions that limit public events and healthy enterprise. Hopefully this panel will help to promote a more sensible, moderate message which will discourage officials from going over the top.”
“However, if the Health and Safety Executive really want to make the system more reasonable they should stop charging businesses when inspections uncover a problem. Now that the HSE can raise money by finding fault, inspectors are likely to be overzealous and companies are likely to be more risk averse.”