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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has welcomed the publication of the Lofstedt review, which could include the abolition of "large numbers" of health and safety rules.

Employment Minister, Chris Grayling, commissioned the independent review in March 2011 and appointed Professor Ragnar Lofstedt - Director of the King's Centre for Risk Management at King's College, London - to chair it.

Professor Lofstedt has made recommendations aimed at reducing the burden of unnecessary regulation on

businesses while maintaining Britain's health and safety performance, which is among the best internationally. The Government has accepted his recommendations.

Judith Hackitt, the Chair of HSE, said: "Professor Lofstedt's insightful report will go a long way to refocusing health and safety in Great Britain on those things that matter - supporting those who want to do the right thing and reducing rates of work- related death, injury and ill health.

"We must have a system of health and safety which

enables employers to make sensible and proportionate decisions about managing genuine workplace risks.

"Simplifying and streamlining the stock of regulations, focusing enforcement on higher risk businesses, clarifying requirements, and rebalancing the civil litigation system - these are all practical, positive steps.

"Poor regulation - that which adds unnecessary bureaucracy with no real benefits - drives out confidence in good regulation.

"We welcome these reforms

because they are good for workers and employers but also for the significant contribution they will make to restoring the rightful reputation of real health and safety."

HSE said it would meet the timetable set by the Government for implementing those recommendations for which it was responsible.

Another Government regulatory reform initiative, the Red Tape Challenge, will report in the New Year on further possible changes to the stock of health and safety regulations.


played a vital role in the reduction of hospital superbugs such as MRSA. The pair decided to carry out some research, which included gathering facts and figures from the Department of Education and the Office of National Statistics, and showed that the top five illnesses which cause children to miss school are the common cold, sore throat, stomach bugs, ear infection and conjunctivitis.

Research has shown that the spread of common bugs and infections throughout schools costs the UK economy millions of pounds, and forces thousands of teachers to regularly take time off. However, many of these illnesses could be avoided by simple

06 improvements in hand hygiene.

Donna Row, who runs the Yorley Barn Nursery in Suffolk decided to review her nursery’s hand hygiene policy and approached DaRo UV Systems after reading how its hand hygiene inspection cabinets had

Following on from these results, DaRo UV Systems and the Yorley Barn Nursery have developed an innovative hand hygiene educational support package called Buster, which is being offered to nurseries and primary schools across the UK. The Buster packs use

cartoon characters to take children on a fun, educational journey about the importance of hand hygiene in preventing the spread of infections. A special glitter lotion is applied to the hands and then washed off. Hands are then placed under an ultra- violet light ‘glow box’ to ensure children are using the correct hand washing techniques, as any remaining lotion will fluoresce showing any flaws in the hand washing process. The Buster packs also come with exciting, fun- packed posters, stickers, certificates and an interactive activity book to teach the children about the importance of hand hygiene.

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